Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.
When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.
From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love.
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
From the minute I saw the gorgeous cover, I knew I had to read this book. I admit, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories or anthologies, but I had a feeling I would enjoy it. There are 4 stories in this anthology, two of those authors (Sue Watson and Cindy Arora) I have previously read, so maybe that’s another reason for me wanting to read this book. I’ve read all of Sue Watson’s novels and think she’s the best thing that happened to the British chick lit scene. I’ve read Cindy Arora’s Debut earlier this year and must say she’s very talented and I was over the moon when I heard her story will also appear in this anthology. As for the other two authors, Ms Simona and Mr Zlotnik, I haven’t had a chance to check their work earlier, so I was excited to read their stories.
While I find rating short stories difficult, rating an anthology is even more difficult. We have four very different authors and writing styles, however all these stories are about cake, glorious cake!
I enjoyed these stories though I must say some were more of my kind of read. I particularly loved Cindy Arora’s story which was hilarious! O-livia and her boss made me laugh out loud, and her attempts to get back to dating were so so cute. Sue Watson once again hits a jackpot with her story, I really liked Milly and her new boss. The romance warmed my heart and I was rooting for them constantly. The stories by Lucie Simone and Joel Zlotnik had more serious tone, and I couldn’t connect to their characters as much as I wanted to. While I enjoyed Lucie’s story and it was the most romantic of all (in my opinion), the characters didn’t seem that believable. Tara, the MC character is supposed to be 50ish, but I had a hard time imagining her, and she sure didn’t seem that mature to me. And finally Joel’s story is about Scott, mayor of a small seaside community and I found the story less gripping.
But overall, it’s a fun read you can devour in a day or two and there’s CAKE! No matter if we’re celebrating or experiencing a heartbreak, cake is always there for us. For all of you with a sweet tooth, this is the book for you.
My rating: 6/10