Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review/ Book & Audiobook Giveaway: The Cake Therapist By Judith Fertig

Title: The Cake Therapist
Author: Judith Fertig
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Received for Review from Author
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction
Rating: Five Stars
Reviewed by: Tina

The cover of the Cake Therapist drew me in like a cupcake to a child with a sweet tooth or better yet a adult like my best friend with a sweet tooth. I read the synposis and being a fan of a book with any mention of food I really knew this book was for me. But I had no idea how unforgetable these characters were in this book that I would soon read would be and how powerful this book still is in my mind and will remain forever in my heart.

Coming home from New York to Millcreek Valley,Ohio, Claire "Neely " O'Neil is trying to escape the clutches of a failing marriage to a football star.  She is a talented pastry chef who is opening her new bakery "Rainbow Cake". Neely has a unique talent and for lack of a better way to explain it sensing who someone really is through flavor. I couldn't finish this review without mentioning this quote from the book that I think explains who Neely is and how she sees life it is one of my favorite quotes and something I believe to be true also " Flavor was the way people like me made sense of the world. We knew that there was a flavor that explained you-even to yourself A flavor whose truth you recognized when you tasted it. A flavor that answered the question you didn't know you had." 

Neely's dreams are beginning to come true as her bakery is starting to become a success but Neely is fighting her inner demons and trying to make sense of a failing marriage and a absentee father and finding a new way in life with her bakery and a possible new romance. Through taste she discovers hidden secrets and desires of others and she wants desperately wants to unlock a mystery from the past of a unlikely person in her life. Through this she could discover something that can help heal herself and she can discover like her tasty creations just how sweet life can be.

I will be honest I was frustrated while reading the first half of this book trying to understand how all these stories and people connected to each other but in the end it all made sense and the connections seemed like they were right there waiting for me to see all along but personally more frustrating to me. But I also discovered that it was the power of the author, Judith Fertig's writing. With amazing and tantalizing food descriptions that also had me craving Neely's famous "breakfast cupcakes".

I saw Neely not as not only a cake therapist but a cake whisperer or cake psychic someone who can truly connect with some one through food. That and in this book and in real life is how I feel food really feel food is, it is the bond that connects us and keeps us going and to me that's how it was reflected in this book and in real life and the Cake Therapist has become one of my favorites. Tears for sure will fall from your eyes after finishing this book and like me it will sure to become one of your favorites.

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book for review.This did not influence my thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and review are my own and my reviews are honest.

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  1. Cake is a therapy? Wow, I've been in therapy all my life, and I'm glad to need it several times a week.

  2. Cake Therapist sounds like an interesting book. (Never thought of cake therapy.... sounds like fun).

  3. Hmmmm - a flavor that explains who you are. Fascinating theory! Right now, after a mostly sleepless night, I feel pretty vanilla, or maybe rocky-road....
    I'd like to win the print book.

  4. Yummmm Cake Therapy , Devil Food cake for me :) This book sounds really great, can't wait to read it Will be on my TRL list
    If I lucky and win , I'd love a print copy please

  5. Thank you, thank you, Tina, for your wonderful review of The Cake Therapist! What a great way to start the Fourth of July--with sparklers!

  6. Thanks. I'd like to try for the print copy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  7. Tina AND Judith - two of my favorites! Need I add that cake is also a favorite? Congratulations on a delectable book, Judith!

    1. Thank you, and cake can always be a favorite...well cupcakes for me making and eating them

  8. This book sounds fascinating, and a change from the cozy mysteries I normally read. Would love to win the audio version especially! Thanks for the nice review.

  9. Can't wait to read this book! I'd love to win the audio if this book.

  10. After years of reading diet books, it would be great to read a book with the words cake AND therapy in the title. I would love to win the print copy

  11. Either, but audio would be my first choice. Sounds different and interesting.

  12. Cake as a therapy, this sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Sounds interesting and another new author, I would love to win, thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Sounds like it will be one to wade through to get to the connections.
    Anything with food is usually pretty good.
    thanks for the chance.
    I would like a print version please

  15. A unique mystery I would love to have, sounds great. I would like the audio book if chosen.Thanks

  16. What an interesting concept for a book. I'd love the print version....
    afarage (at ) earthlink. net

  17. Love the cover and the idea sounds very original! pearl.r.meaker @

  18. Would love to win a print copy of this book. Thank you!

  19. Thanks for the opportunity. Print copy, please.

  20. Would love to win a chocolate cake, I mean a print copy. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Have A Happy July 4.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at) yahoo(dot) com

  21. I would love a print copy of the book. Hope you're having an enjoyable 4th of July.

  22. Thanks for this lovely feature and a print copy would be greatly enjoyed. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. A fascinating and unique book which interests me greatly. Thanks for this giveaway. I would love the print copy of the book very much. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. Sounds like a fascinating book. Thank you for this opportunity. If I am the lucky winner, I would love the print copy of the book.



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