Cover Characteristic #8: Cake(s)

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Today’s Cover Characteristic: Cake(s)

MY PICKS


#5

Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Author: Aimee Bender
Published: June 1st 2010 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse.

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.


#4

Title: Murder of a Wedding Belle
Author: Denise Swanson
Published: April 6th 2010 by NAL
Series: A Scumble River Mystery #12

School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin’s over-the-top platinum-style wedding- and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

While overseeing every nuptial detail, she’s also helping the police find out who hated the bridal consultant enough to kill her. Can Skye get her cousin to the church on time-and save herself from a killer who may actually be on the guest list?


#3

Title: Fast Forward
Author: Juliet Madison
Published: February 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing – Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty

Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.

Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?


#2

Title: Younger
Author: Pamela Redmond Satran
Published: July 5th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

From Pamela Redmond Satran, the acclaimed author of Babes in Captivityand The Man I Should Have Married, comes a story of inspiration and transformation for the really desperate housewife.She’s old enough to be his mother.

Alice has always looked young for her age, even with her graying hair and her dowdy New Jersey housewife style. Make that ex-housewife: Now that her husband’s gone and her daughter is grown, Alice is in desperate need of a whole new life. So she lets her best friend Maggie, a hip New York City artist, transform her on New Year’s Eve. Soon, thanks to the wonders of hair dye and tight jeans, Alice looks really young, as one night in a Manhattan bar confirms. At midnight, she kisses a boy who was in diapers when she was in high school.

She’s having too much fun to care.

The white lie Alice tells Josh gets her thinking that if no one asks her age, she doesn’t have to tell. So she applies for a job she had briefly before becoming a full-time mom — and gets it. Meanwhile, Josh is falling head over heels for Alice, who’s just way cooler than girls his age. He figures she’s about twenty-nine — and for the first time since she was twenty-nine, or possibly ever, Alice feels that life is ripe with possibility. Unfortunately one possibility is that she’s gonna get caught.

Challenging the adage that the truth will set you free, Younger is a hilarious and insightful story that proves that you’re only as young as you feel.


MY FAVORITE

#1

Title: Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched
Author: Kim Barnouin
Published: May 6th 2014 by Gallery Books
Series: Skinny Bitch #2

In the second fun and charming novel in the bestselling Skinny Bitch series, a twenty-something vegan chef juggles the wild ride of running her own successful restaurant with the whirlwind of wedding planning to her carnivorous restaurateur fiance.

It takes A LOT to shock Clementine Cooper, but as she’s spending 24/7 at her hot new restaurant, Clementine’s No Crap Café, cooking alongside her zany staff and creating new tofutastic recipes, her meat-eating, millionaire boyfriend, Zach Jeffries, surprises Clem by proposing!

There’s no way that Clem is going to have the kind of uptight, fancy wedding that Zach’s mom is already planning, but she’s so focused on her fabulous restaurant that she doesn’t have time to fight her future monster-in-law. But when Clem takes a weekend trip to her parents’ farm, she has a game-changing brainstorm: she’ll convert her parents’ empty barn into an organic restaurant—Clementine’s No Crap Outpost—and she and Zach will have the no-fuss wedding they’ve dreamed of!

Upon returning to Santa Monica, it seems that even Clem’s brilliant idea can’t keep her life from falling apart. Clem tries to make up for Zach’s sudden distance by hanging out with a fellow vegan chef, and then her best friend and roommate suddenly gets engaged to her horrible reality TV co-star and starts planning a rival wedding. Clem begins to realize that to get the no-crap life she wants, she’ll have to work her butt off to launch her new eatery, fight for the carnivore she loves, save her friendships, and—maybe—she’ll get the wedding of her dreams.

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