Title: The Icing on the Cupcake: A Novel
Author: Jennifer Ross
Genre: Chick Lit
From the publisher’s website:
In Ansley Waller’s world of Southern belles and gentlemen, getting a diamond ring isn’t just important—it’s the ultimate goal. So when her fiancé, Parish, unceremoniously kicks her to the curb and cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley is so ashamed that she decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother, Vivian, whom she’s never met. In turn, Vivian gives Ansley a no-nonsense ultimatum: Rather than wallow in misery, either get a job or go home.
The Waller women have a tradition of baking their way out of sorrow. So Ansley mixes batch after batch of creative cupcakes—Black Bottom Heartache, Moving Blues Banana Caramel, Tres Leches Made Small. Before long, she’s opening up her own cupcake shop and even trying her hand at dating. But the ways of Manhattan’s eligible bachelors are altogether different from their Southern counterparts, and Ansley’s nearly fail-safe tactics fall flat. And worse, someone’s got a half-baked scheme to sabotage Ansley’s new life. It’ll take a cup of courage and a dash of Southern charm, plus a few secret ingredients, if Ansley hopes to pull off her recipe for success.
Why I abandoned this book:
I gave up on The Icing on the Cupcake about 75 pages in. The main character, Ansley, was very unlikeable, though that was purposeful – I assume the rest of the book was about her “redemption.” She vacillated heavily between being a horrible person and resolving that she wanted to be a better person. It just seemed strange that she’d have such drastic turnarounds on what seemed like a whim. Additionally, the book could have used some tighter editing. It seemed like a cute story, and may have turned around had I stuck with it, but I just didn’t care enough about the character to see her through
As a side note, the book does contain a lot of great cupcake recipes and tips on baking which I found very interesting.
A quick look at reviews:
Amazon.com has 8 customer reviews, 7 of which are five star, and 1 is four star, so they definitely disagree with me. LibraryThing has just one review, at two stars, and the reviewer seems to agree with me about the editing issues. There are 12 ratings on GoodReads, with an average of 3.92 stars. As far as blog reviews go, Booking Mama enjoyed the book, so make sure to check out her review.
I borrowed this format for reviewing unfinished books from Beth Fish Reads.