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Review and Giveaway: The Cake Therapist

June 30, 2015

The Cake Therapist

Neely is a talented pastry chef who can taste feelings.  She decides to return to the small town she grew up in to open a bakery and to run away from a broken marriage.  As her business catches on, she becomes part of the community and senses the worries and troubles of others.

Olive and Edie are two young girls in the 1930s trying to make it on their own.  Their story merges with Neely’s in an unexpected way.

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig alternates between Neely’s story in the present and Olive and Edie’s in the past, with Neely’s story being told in the first person and Olive and Edie’s in the third person.  It takes a while for the stories to connect but they eventually do in a satisfying way.

Neely is a sympathetic character who was easy to relate to.  Her descriptions of her baked creations made my mouth water.  I didn’t mind the hint of magic realism surrounding her “gift” since it was written subtly.

I found Olive and Edie’s story a little hard to follow at times but it all come together in the end so it wasn’t an issue.

There was a lot going on in this book.  Besides the two major storylines, there were several subplots that I felt could have been developed a little more.  I have to admit I liked the book a lot but can’t say I loved it.  Still, if Fertig continues Neely’s story in another book, I’d happily read it.  If you like foodie fiction, you’ll probably want to give The Cake Therapist a try.


As a special treat, Tandem Literary is allowing me to give away copies of The Cake Therapist and Bake Happy, both by Judith Fertig, to one lucky reader!  To enter to win THE CAKE THERAPIST and BAKE HAPPY, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, July 09, 2015.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.


weekend cookingI will link this up to Weekend Cooking which is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2015 4:38 am

    What an interesting idea for a book! Shame some of it was left undeveloped, I find that really frustrating as a reader.

  2. June 30, 2015 6:45 am

    Fun giveaway!

  3. June 30, 2015 7:11 am

    This does sound like a fun book. Is it just me or are there a lot of cake covers right now?

  4. June 30, 2015 7:51 am

    I liked it too and would definitely read a sequel!

  5. June 30, 2015 8:17 am

    This reminds me of The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake. And the awesome cover and title make it something I really want to read. I was declined on NetGalley. ;-(

  6. June 30, 2015 8:40 am

    Oooh, I love foodie fiction — this sounds great, and I love that cover!

  7. June 30, 2015 9:11 am

    This sounds like such a fun story – food and drama! I love this kind of book! I’m definitely entering the giveaway – thanks 🙂

  8. June 30, 2015 9:28 am

    Kathy, thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar.

  9. Patty permalink
    June 30, 2015 9:58 am

    I know what you mean…tons of little other things going on!

  10. June 30, 2015 10:18 am

    Food, magical realism and the cover art grabbed my attention!

  11. June 30, 2015 10:33 am

    I love foodie fiction, and cookbooks! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. June 30, 2015 10:33 am

    Mmmmm cake

  13. June 30, 2015 11:41 am

    Food books always grab my attention and I love the cover on this one.

  14. June 30, 2015 11:44 am

    My mom actually just bought this book! I admit that we made the decision based on the cover, but I’m intrigued to read the story!

  15. June 30, 2015 11:47 am

    I love foodie fiction! But then I want to make/or eat the things I’ve read about.

  16. June 30, 2015 12:23 pm

    Reminds me of The Sadness of Lemon Cake.

  17. June 30, 2015 12:35 pm

    I’m about halfway through with this audiobook and my feelings on it are similar to yours. Like, not love. I didn’t realize the author was a cookbook author too, but of course that totally makes sense! Foodie fiction books are so tempting!

  18. June 30, 2015 1:55 pm

    It reminds me too of the lemon cake book!

  19. June 30, 2015 4:21 pm

    I’m looking forward to read this one.

  20. Literary Feline permalink
    June 30, 2015 4:34 pm

    Such an interesting premise! I’m curious about this one.

  21. Beth F permalink
    July 4, 2015 7:59 am

    I have this one and am looking forward to reading it. Liking a book is fine with me — I can’t possibly hope to *love* everything I read. 🙂

  22. readerbuzz permalink
    July 4, 2015 8:10 am

    Just my kind of summer story!

  23. July 4, 2015 8:46 am

    That cover is just so colorful and cheery, it is calling out to me.

  24. July 4, 2015 9:45 am

    The positives on this one sound like the they outweigh the negatives though it is too bad that the plots weren’t developed more. Still I will keep this in mind for a light foodie read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  25. July 4, 2015 2:33 pm

    I find it true of other books, the first is not always the best. Hopefully the author will develop and come into her own. Still I’d like to read it.

  26. July 4, 2015 5:44 pm

    What a cover! Although in my view many cakes look much better than they taste! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  27. joyweesemoll permalink
    July 4, 2015 8:57 pm

    Beautiful cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. July 5, 2015 6:48 am

    I very much like food fiction and thanks for am honest review & cool giveaway!


  29. July 5, 2015 9:52 pm

    Not a huge foodie reader but like the magic realism bit 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. bookingmama permalink
    July 6, 2015 2:38 pm

    I hear that this is the first in the series so maybe the author will explore the side stories.

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