Like millions of others, I love to have a few books to indulge in during the lazy days of Summer. The first one that I devoured in a matter of days, is the delicious treat titled ‘The Cake Therapist’.
What draws me to decide if I want to continue reading a book, is if it grabs me in the first few pages, and honestly this book grabbed me from the cover. I guess having a rainbow cake on the cover would draw most folk.
The center character is Claire “Neely” O’Neil, a pastry chef of extraordinary talent because she can ‘taste’ feelings. Sounds odd I know, but trust me, the way the author writes, Judith Fertig, you’ll swear you are also tasting pound cake infused with vanilla bean layered with a blood orange mouse. Claire moved back to her childhood Midwestern town of Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart (cheaters stink!).
The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.
By the end of a book, I was satisfied and happy but felt we were being teased about one character and sure enough, the author has a second installment titled ‘The Memory of Lemon’ in the works – I can’t wait to satiate my appetite with the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and suggest you grab a copy.