Wednesday 26 September 2012

Book Tour - Wedding Cake Girl & Review & GIVEAWAY

Title: Wedding Cake Girl
Author: Anne Pfeffer
Publisher: Bold Print Press
Release Date:  24th July 2012

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography. Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding cake business on her own.

No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she saves a man's life while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom's angry with Alex for going diving at all. Mom discourages Alex's new friendship with Jeremy, a fun and insanely wealthy boy who happens to have a secret. Then, Alex's best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy, starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he's dating another girl.

As Alex struggles to learn where she stands between her two difficult and confusing Prince Charmings, it occurs to her that maybe what she really needs is a Prince Charming for Mom. If she doesn't do something fast, they'll bury her in her "Sue's Wedding Cakery" apron with a spatula in her hand.  

Author Bio:
Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles near a large rotating neon chicken head with her
daughter and her dachshund Taco.
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Twitter: AnnePfeffer1
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My Review
I got asked to be a part of this tour and was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I decided to accept as I absolutely love cake making and have always wanted to do Deep Sea Diving so this book sounded like the perfect combination for me. I knew I was going to love it.
I'm a bit disappointed the cover doesn't have a diver on it, as that is such a big part of who Alex is, but I still like it.
This was a easy to read almost 'chic lit'. Overall it's a feel good story and perfect to pass a quiet afternoon.
Alex is a whiz with Wedding Cakes and has the handle on organising her mum and her business, she seems to be doing more and more of the work. But it's not what she wants, now it's too difficult to get away from it all. With her mum controlling and disapproving of her every move Alex doesn't know where to turn. Add in confusion over boys and she is in well over her head.
I liked Alex as a character, things keep standing in her way but she continues to look for a way round it, yes she has her moments of break down but she soon picks herself up. She came across as very 'real'. Following her through the story as she grows and comes to realise what she really wants from life was nice, the pacing of the book worked really well and made the book for easy reading. There is always something to keep you hooked and I couldn't stop reading. I stayed up until 1am just to finish it, I had put it down for the night at 11.30 but I couldn't stop and had to know what happened and so picked it up to finish.
It's a typical feel good story, everything you think should happen comes around and in places it was predictable, but I really enjoyed it. In a way I liked the familiarity of it all. I won't spoil the ending but I will say I was happy with who she ends up with and how it all turns out.
Jeremy is a great character, Zack is a bit of a Muppet in my opinion but for some reason you can't help but like him too. Alex's mum is a right cow to be honest. I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being so mean, if she doesn't stop her attitude she is just going to drive her daughter away even more, not make her want to stay. She really got on my nerves, and I felt for Alex. 
A good read and well written, I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. 
My Rating
Mom stands at the kitchen counter in her pink apron that says "Sue's Wedding Cakery, Santa Margarita Island." She’s experimenting with a new frosting. The kitchen smells like a bank of fresh wild mint growing along a stream.  
On my good days, I think of Mom as "The Caked Crusader," whose mission in life is to fill the world with perfect wedding cakes. On my bad days, I think more like my friend Zack who, after we saw the film Titanic, began calling Mom "The Iceberg."
"Why?" I had asked him.
"Because she's in your way."
He didn't have to remind me what happened to the Titanic.


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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Wow, great article, I really appreciate your thought process and wedding industry thank you!

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