Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: April 2010
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Ansely Waller’s ultimate goal in her Southern Belle life is to get a diamond ring. This she got, but her fiancé cancels their upcoming wedding after he finds out what she is really like. Ashamed and rejected, Ansley decides to leave Dallas to go to New York City to live with her grandmother, Vivian. Vivian is a grandmother she has never met. Vivian gives Ansley an ultimatum, get a job or go home. The women in the Waller family have a penchant for baking, so Ansely is making batches of cupcakes. She opens a cupcake shop and tries dating. But someone is trying to sabotage her efforts. She’s going to have to pull out all her Southern charm, drag up some courage and add a few secret ingredients to show everyone that she can succeed.
This is a light entertaining read that explores family relationships, recovering from a heartbreak and how to find and keep new friends. Ansely is a women who is at first not very sympathetic. She has quite a few lessons to learn to become a woman who can stand on her own two feet and sweet enough to be a friend. I really enjoyed reading about her journey. Vivian is a woman I really liked. She’d left Ansely’s mother and her husband for another man and had had no contact since. In spite of her own problems she stands for no nonsense from Ansely. What really made this book mouthwatering good were all the cupcake and frosting recipes that you’ll find between the chapters. There are quite a few that I am going to try out, like Green With Envy cupcakes, or First Blush of Crush cupcake, or even The Devil Made Me Do It And I Liked It cupcake. So, all cupcake fans who like to read too, will really enjoy this book.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.