Author: Judith Fertig
Source: Received for Review from Author
Rating: Five Stars
Reviewed by: Tina
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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