What are two of the greatest pleasures in life? Cake and a good book! Preferably eating tasty cake while reading a fantastic book. If you agree, then award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig’s debut novel is for you.
WIN A COPY of BOTH the new novel, THE CAKE THERAPIST and Judith’s new cookbook, BAKE HAPPY.
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Giveaway open from Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24.
MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this book! The descriptions of the cake, baked goods, and bakery are mouth-watering and vibrant. The characters are fun and likable. I’m a big fan of magic realism, everyday magic, and this story weaves a delicious spell. A great, light escape read. (And I adore the cover and flap art. So pretty!)
Content note: A few foul words, including two F-words, one brief rape scene (very mildly described), and a few references to that incident and another.
Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings-cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.
Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of-and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.
Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.