The Pepper in the Gumbo, by Mary Jane Hathaway, 2014.
Full disclosure: I did not buy this book. It was sent to me electronically in exchange for a fair and honest review. Further disclosure: I hate reading books electronically. More further disclosure: I would buy this book in a heartbeat -- at least two copies, one for me and one for my mother.
As a rule, I don't like romantic fiction, so for me to not only like a romantic fiction book, but to love a romantic fiction book, that book has to be pretty amazing. This book was pretty amazing.
I don't like romantic fiction, but I do like the movie "You've Got Mail" -- it's a Tom Hanks thing mostly. This book is a smarter, sharper, sweeter twist on the classic tale that was used for the movie. I also like really good writing and well-developed characters -- all that is present, and more, in this book.