Friday, December 14, 2012

For What It's Worth Blog Tour


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Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!  
I'm really excited to be a stop on the For What's It's Worth Blog Tour
Be sure to check out the excerpt, my review and enter the giveaway. 


For What It's Worth by Karey White


Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?


Excerpt

At eight the next morning, I walked through the stone halls of the Culinary Institute. Classes had already started in a couple of the auditoriums, and I felt jealous of the people who were sitting there learning, relaxed and unconcerned. Their careers were before them, bright and hopeful. They didn’t have to worry that in less than five days their careers would be lying around them in ruins.
A man was leaning against the wall next to the door of my kitchen. A tall man. A handsome man. After a few steps, I stopped. All rational thought evaporated, and I stood there unable to speak.
“Hi,” he said.
For too long I just looked at him as my mind slowly began to process what my eyes were seeing. He smiled. “How’s it going?” I stepped forward and touched his arm. He was real. And he was here. This wasn’t a creation of my overloaded and overwhelmed mind.
 

My Thoughts

The cover is really pretty and fits the story perfectly. (It also makes me crave wedding cake every.time.I.look.at.it.) I have been obsessed with all things "cake" for as long as I can remember and I'm a complete wedding cake snob, so this book was right up my alley! It's well written and the characters are engaging and entertaining. The love story that develops between Abby and Dane is written in such a way that makes it believable and I liked that it wasn't so cut and dry. They both make mistakes, she gets caught up in the excitement and success of her bakery and he allows old fears (and his Mom) to have a little too much input into their relationship. 

Abby learns the hard way just how difficult it can be when two lifelong dreams seem to collide rather than coincide and when faced with losing all she's ever wanted, she'll have to decide what she wants most. I liked that the characters were close to their families and everyone was supportive of each other. This is a clean read; no language or sexy parts, but it certainly doesn't lack romance or kissing, which I'm a huge fan of. :)
The characters are LDS but I don't think one needs to share that faith in order to enjoy this book.

There is one "downside" ... every chapter opens with a delicious recipe (a few I'm looking to try) and kept me in a constant state of hunger. ;)

Praise for For What It's Worth

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

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Author Karey White


Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.









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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the nice review and for highlighting my book on your blog. Love your blog, by the way. I've been obsessed with cake for many years, too. It's what led me to own my own wedding cake business for a dozen years and to write this story. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. Thanks so much Karey! Merry Christmas to you as well. :)

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