by Stacy Ballis
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Goodreads: Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home…
Laying low, Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles. That way, she can keep Bubbles and her sweater-wearing pug company and nurse her broken heart. But when Sophie gets a part-time job at the old-fashioned neighborhood bakery, she finds herself up to her elbows in dough and reluctantly giving a wedding cake customer advice on everything from gift bags to guest accommodations. Before she knows it, she’s an online wedding planner. It’s not mousse and macarons, but it pays the bills. But with the arrival of unexpected personal and professional twists, Sophie wonders if she’s really moving forward—or starting over from scratch...
Kritters Thoughts: A combo of You've Got Mail and Father of the Bride with a fantastic baking twist - and be warned once you start this book, you won't want to put it down til the last page!
Sophie is left at the altar in the first chapter and not only does she lose her groom, she also loses her way in her career and ends up back at her grandmother's home to regroup and find a new direction. Through an interesting meeting she becomes a wedding advice person via email and gets back into the business in her hometown bakery.
I loved this book. This isn't my first Stacey Ballis read and I have both loved and not so much loved books from her. I loved that this book that it had the combination of a woman trying to find her place both in her career and her love life - it is great to have a book that isn't completely revolving around love and that love isn't the only thing that can complete you!
Funny enough, I read this while I was in Chicago for BEA and this book takes place in Chicago. I loved the coincidence and it made the book even more of a fun read!
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.