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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: For What It's Worth by Karey White


Title:For What It's Worth 
Author: Karey White
Publisher: Cedar Fort

About the Book: Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

My thoughts: When I first started reading, this seemed like it was going to be a nice chick lit romance with all the ingredients - Young girl gets dream inheritance, meets nice handsome eligible young man, business takes off, romance blooms,  happily ever after.  And for awhile it followed that recipe to a tee.

Abby gets a wonderful inheritance from her Aunt Grace, enabling her to open her own bakery - A Piece of Cake - that makes only wedding cakes.  In order to do this though, she hires a contracter from the area - Dane - who quickly becomes very important in her personal life as well.  When the bakery opens on schedule, word starts to get around that you are able to price your own wedding cake.  A small bit on the local news, leads to an even bigger story on The Today Show, and the next thing you know she is being flown to California to do a celebrity wedding cake!  Things couldn't be better for Abby at her bakery and her and Dane have fallen in love.

Then the conflict hits, and the misunderstandings, and the disagreement and hurt.  Abby, once she is able to get past the hurt and the blame, must take a look at her own life and make some decisions  - and the resolutions she comes to are no piece of cake.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked Abby and the way she treated people, and I liked her and Dane together.  The story really made me reexamine some things in my life though, based on the amount of time I devote to them, and what I think they are really worth.  I hope to be able to make some changes to give some things more time that truly deserve it and cut back on some of those that don't!  Great job Karey!  I like a book that makes me think!

Praise for For What It's Worth

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award



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Author Karey White
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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3 comments:

Karey said...

Thanks for the nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I hope your Christmas is wonderful.

Ingeborg said...

Thank you for the review, I enjoyed reading it

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Howard Sherman said...

This is the second glowing review of this book that I've seen. This type of novel is not usually my cup of tea but it's hard to ignore all the fanfare.

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