The Icing on the Cupcake

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The Icing on the Cupcake

Ansley Waller’s life is as perfect as can be. In a few months she’ll be graduating from college with her fiancé, Parish, and soon after they’ll be getting married. She’s enjoying the last few weeks with her sorority sisters even though she’s been real nasty to most of them throughout the years she’s been living on campus. She’s a stuck up Southern belle that feels she deserves to be treated with respect though she doesn’t have to respect people in return.
 
The one thing that always seems to keep her grounded though is her baking. This is one talent that has been passed on from generation to generation. As a matter of fact, it’s such a vital part of the women in her family that they have passed on a traditional cookbook that each woman has added to throughout the years. Whenever Ansley needs to think something through, a few hours of specialty cupcake baking always helps her find the solutions she’s searching for.
 
But Ansley’s world falls apart when Parish decides to break their engagement off. Graduation is nearing and now she has no direction in life. Wanting to leave all the heartache behind her in her Texas town, she writes her grandmother that she never really had gotten to know because of some discord between her mother and grandmother stemming from many years ago. Vivian allows Ansley to stay for a few weeks, but she must get a job and keep herself busy. Ansley isn’t completely happy with her grandmother’s stipulation, but wants to start a new life for herself now in New York with Vivian.
 
When Ansley begins to learn a few lessons in life that she wasn’t planning on, her relationship begins to blossom with Vivian. Soon all the Waller women will be confronting skeletons that have been hiding in their closets for many years.
 
What happens to Ansley to make her see what path she should pursue in life? Does she ever get back together with Parish? Do the Waller women finally make peace with each other after all these years?
 
I found this story to be quite intriguing and very engrossing. I loved seeing how Ms. Ross’ characters transformed in different ways and because of their changes had to deal with new consequences. The cupcake recipes were definitely the icing on the cupcake for me and I encourage other readers to look into reading this endearing story for themselves. Well done, Ms. Ross!

Book Blurb for The Icing on the Cupcake

In this delectable novel—complete with recipes—Jennifer Ross frosts a sweet story of a young woman fulfilling her dreams, one delicious cupcake at a time.
 
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.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2010 4.00