Betsy St. Amant. Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015. Ebook.
How do you find your next book to read? Sometimes, I look for a favorite author. Other times, I’m simply in the mood for a light-hearted story. That would be the case for Betsy St. Amant’s most recent e-novella, Love Takes the Cake. It’s a great blend of quirky characters, humorous plot twists, and amazing cakes!
In Love Takes the Cake, Charlotte Cantrell has built her bakery from the ground up, as a haven for her broken heart and her young daughter. After giving her heart to the wrong man in college, Charlotte is determined to avoid making the same mistake again. However, she secretly daydreams about a future with her favorite weekly client, the tall man who stops by every Thursday at precisely 5:40 for his order of two snickerdoodles. The day she finally learns that his name is Will, he introduces himself as the best man for a wedding that needs some serious desserts! Soon after, Charlotte discovers that she will be working with a bridezilla of extraordinary proportions, but Will makes himself indispensable as the ultimate diplomat. In the time before the wedding, Charlotte and Will become inseparable, but can Will’s mysterious past and Charlotte’s trust issues get in the way of a perfect recipe for romance?
Love Takes the Cake serves as September’s edition within Zondervan’s monthly wedding novella series. Authored by Southern fiction sweetheart, Betsy St. Amant, the story combines her unique characters and her ability to capture the hearts of bakers everywhere.
Overall, I found Love Takes the Cake to be a pleasant story, in keeping with the tone and pacing of other novellas in the series. My biggest problem with the novella actually comes about as a result of its general summary. If you read the synopsis currently listed on Amazon and then read the story itself, you’ll quickly discover some serious discrepancies in the characters’ back stories. However, at its heart, Love Takes the Cake fits perfectly with the tone of the summary. Additionally, it remains true to Ms. St. Amant’s previous plotlines and character development, which oftentimes incorporates individuals navigating imperfect relationships and overcoming these challenges to find love in the South.
Fans of Ms. St. Amant’s previous works, especially All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, will definitely want to read Love Takes the Cake. Additionally, those who appreciate food and baking-related stories, such as the Emma Rae Creations series by Sandra Bricker, will also appreciate this story. In general, Love Takes the Cake follows the general formatting and plot development of many Christian novellas, which oftentimes result in simpler storylines and character development than found in full-length novels. As a result, this story may attract a somewhat different audience of readers than would typically read Ms. St. Amant’s other novels.
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