Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

She's moved back home to get away from her philandering husband and start a new life.  Her specialty is baking.  And she knows just what flavor people need...

The Berkley Publishing Group sent me an ARC of this book to review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.  

Neely settles right in and begins creating her rainbow cakes and cookies, as well as doing wedding cakes.  Her secret to success is the fact that she gets flavors from the people she's doing the baking for.  She can tell if they are afraid, happy, sad, like sweet or sour, and more by just visiting with them.  She picks a cake for them in appropriate flavors and lets them test cupcakes to pick the one they like the best. The only problem is that knowing how they feel doesn't mean she can fix them.  

This story is a mix of past history and present day.  Wrongs from long ago never go away.  Some secrets are best disclosed early in a relationship.  And Neely has enough problems trying to make her husband stay out of her new life.  She's not quite sure she's done with him, but she thinks she is.

It's interesting to watch how all the lives in the past come back to intersect in the present.  Neely is finally coming into her own.  She does save some people.  I'd read more about her.  She has more growing and helping to do in her life.

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