The Gossip and the Grump

The Gossip and the Grump

The Gossip and the Grump

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“The Gossip and the Grump” by Pippa Grant is a whirlwind of a romantic comedy that dives headfirst into the chaos and charm of unexpected love, making it a standout second installment in the “Three BFFs and a Wedding” series. Grant has a knack for creating characters that are as endearing as they are flawed, and this novel is no exception. It’s a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance that captures the essence of second chances and the complexities of human emotions, all set against the backdrop of a quaint mountain café.

The story centers around a fiercely independent woman whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that the new owner of her family’s beloved café is none other than the man from her most passionate one-night stand. This man, a gruff and seemingly unapproachable figure, is planning a complete overhaul of the café for reasons rooted in revenge. What unfolds is a tale of secrets, redemption, and the power of love to overcome even the deepest of grudges.


Grant masterfully balances humor with heart. The powdered cheese incident and the presence of the world’s biggest lap puppy add a layer of lighthearted fun to the narrative, ensuring that the reader is both entertained and emotionally invested. The protagonists’ journey from one-night stand to enemies and eventually to lovers is crafted with genuine emotion and a deep understanding of human connections. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, making their eventual coming together satisfying and believable.

One of the novel’s strengths is its exploration of themes such as the importance of community, the impact of family secrets, and the idea that people are not always what they seem. The heroine’s struggle to protect her family legacy while navigating her feelings for the man determined to destroy it adds depth to the story, making it more than just a simple romantic comedy.

The relationship dynamics are complex and well-developed, with secondary characters adding richness to the world Grant has created. The grumpy misfit with a secret heart of gold is a trope done justice, with enough twists to keep it fresh and engaging. The narrative voice is witty and engaging, making it easy for the reader to become lost in the story.

While “The Gossip and the Grump” can stand alone, readers of “The Worst Wedding Date” will appreciate the continuity and the expansion of the series’ universe. Grant’s writing is a delightful mix of humor, romance, and a touch of magic, making this book a must-read for fans of the genre.

Pippa Grant’s latest offering diverges from her usual comedic romance, veering into more poignant territory that resonates deeply with personal themes. The narrative, richly woven and beautifully crafted, explores themes of belonging, personal redemption, and confronting familial expectations. While retaining moments of humor, the story primarily delves into the emotional journey of its protagonists, Grey and Sabrina, whose fleeting encounter in Hawaii evolves into a complex relationship fraught with mistrust and unresolved attraction against the backdrop of a family café caught in a vendetta.

Grey’s intention to transform the café into a kombucha shop as retribution against Sabrina’s cousin introduces conflict and depth to their dynamic, challenging them to navigate their feelings amidst betrayal and ambition. The story thoughtfully addresses the reconciliation process, not just between Grey and Sabrina, but within their wider community, showcasing a ‘kill him with kindness’ strategy that enriches the plot and character development.

The book’s conclusion is particularly satisfying, offering a resolution that grants both characters fulfillment without compromise, underscored by a sense of earned justice for Grey and a testament to Sabrina’s loyalty and support.

This book may depart from Grant’s typical lighthearted fare, but it stands out for its emotional depth and the careful handling of sensitive themes. It’s a testament to Grant’s versatility as an author and her ability to craft stories that are as meaningful as they are entertaining.

“The Gossip and the Grump” is a heartwarming, funny, and uplifting novel showcasing Pippa Grant’s talent for creating stories that resonate with readers long after the last page is turned. It’s a testament to the enduring power of love and the beauty of finding the perfect match in the most unexpected places.

The Gossip and the Grump

The Gossip & The Grump is a one night stand to enemies to lovers romcom featuring a woman desperately trying to unlearn everything she knows about everyone, a grumpy misfit hiding a secret heart of gold, an unfortunate incident with powdered cheese, and the world’s biggest lap puppy. It stands alone, but you wouldn’t go wrong to read The Worst Wedding Date first.

He's the last man I should've picked for a one night stand...

See that guy over there? The insanely tall, broad-shouldered, dark-haired, scowling, “I don’t drink coffee” suit?

Surprise! He’s the new owner of my family’s mountain café.

The café that has been my life purpose since I was born in the kitchen there almost thirty years ago.

The café that he’s planning to completely gut and renovate for revenge against my family.

He’s also the funny, charming, irresistible guy I spilled all of my secrets to last week.

During the hottest one-night stand of my life.

As my dog would say, woof me.

Secrets and gossip keep getting me in trouble, and I swore I was done with both, but now my family’s café is on the line.

It’s time to use every last trick I know to uncover every secret this man is hiding.

I don’t care how much I liked him our first night together, or how much I keep seeing glimpses of that man beneath his gruff exterior.

One of us has to go.

It won’t be me.