THE ICING ON THE CUPCAKE
April 6, 2010
Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
$15.00 US/ $17.50 CAN
Rating: 4 cups
Ansley Waller is the perfect image of a Southern Belle. Her goal in life is to get that engagement ring, settle down, and raise a family. Her plans take a drastic turn when her fiancé demands the ring back at a social function.
Vivian Osterhaut is Ansley’s grandmother. She left her husband and five-year-old daughter, Hattie, behind in Texas to marry a man from New York. Being cut off from her daughter broke Vivian’s heart, so hearing from the granddaughter she has never met gives Vivian hope for her future.
Ansley wants to get out of Dallas and away from her “friends” until the whole ordeal with her ex-fiancé, Parish, blows over. Where else could be further away than New York City? She was not expecting her grandmother to throw her the curveball of having to get a job or move out. Not knowing what else to do, Ansley turns to the only the thing that can soothe her soul -- baking. Through the whole process of starting her own business, Ansley discovers the woman inside of her grandmother, and the woman she wants to be.
I was prepared to hate Ansley as the story began, but she grows up so much within the pages of this book and at the end, I am glad I gave her a chance. I found her quite realistic as she discovers her mother and grandmother are women beneath the titles of “Mom” and “Grandma”. The story is so incredible. Then I discovered these new recipes at the end of each chapter. Recipes I can hardly wait to try for myself. This may be Jennifer Ross’ debut novel, but her writing style is as fun and fresh as these cupcake recipes. Pick this book up; I do not believe you will be disappointed.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More