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Friday, August 1, 2014

Sweet Nothings...Review

About the book:
Life’s sweetest moments happen when you least expect them . . .

When Ruby McMillan’s husband announces one morning that he’s dumping her for another woman, she’s unable to decide which indignity stings the most: the dissolution of their eighteen-year marriage or the deflation of her white-chocolate soufflé with raspberry Grand Marnier sauce. Without a good-bye to their two teenaged children, Walter leaves Ruby to cope with her ruined dessert, an unpaid mortgage, and her failing bakery.

With only royal icing holding her together, Ruby still manages to pick herself up and move on, subsidizing her income with an extra job as a baking instructor, getting a “my-husband’s-gone” makeover, and even flirting with her gorgeous mortgage broker, Jacob Salt. For as long as she can remember, Ruby has done what’s practical, eschewing far-fetched dreams and true love in favor of stability. But suddenly single again at the age of forty-four, she’s beginning to discover that life is most delicious when you stop following a recipe and just live.

Ruby's husband surprises her one morning with the fact that he is leaving her for another woman.  He has no regrets, he makes no apologies.  As Ruby stands in her kitchen with a deflated soufflé, she is remarkably calm.  As the days progress however, Ruby discovers that he announced his decision on Facebook, so all of her friends know, the mortgage is in arrears and Walter plans to declare bankruptcy.  In the meantime, Ruby must raise her two teenagers and try and keep her bakery from going under.

I loved Ruby, I loved her kids.  The bakery and its staff and customers were some of the funniest laugh out loud moments.

This is another one that I plucked from the languishing TBR stack.  From the outside looking in, this has all the makings of a fluffy chick-lit novel.   And, those fluffy aspects are certainly present, but also a surprising level of depth.  Faced with a new reality at the age of 44, Ruby moves forward, one cake, cupcake and muffin at a time.  The exploration of her branching out and beginning to live is what was surprising.  As she comes to discover who she is, she also discovers a life worth living.

There is moderate profanity and one moderately explicit non-marital sex scene.  I wish there had been some recipes.

Thanks to FSB Associates for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Janice Thomas here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/14

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3/5 Stars


  1. This sounds like a cute beach read.

  2. Sounds good , with some similarities to a book I just finished and enjoyed.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out