The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer #review

01 October 2012

Title: The Wedding Cake Girl
Author: Anne Pfeffer
Series: none
Publisher: Bold Print Press
Date: July 24th 2012
Pages: ebook, 278 pages
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Purchase: amazon goodreads

Summary from Goodreads:

The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer
Seventeen year old Alexandra spends so much time helping others realize their dreams that she never has time for her own. An expert ocean diver and reluctant maker of wedding cakes, she longs to leave roses and frosting behind to study oceanography. Alex’s mother won’t have it—needy and dependent, Mom can’t run the family wedding cake business on her own.

No matter what Alex does, things only get worse for her. When she risks her life to save a tourist while scuba diving and becomes the local hero, Mom's angry with Alex for going diving at all. Mom also discourages Alex's new friendship with the insanely wealthy Jeremy, a fun boy with a secret. Then, Alex's best friend, Zack, a hunky island guy, starts to take an interest in her as well. The problem is, he's dating another girl.

As Alex struggles to learn where she stands between her two difficult and confusing Prince Charmings, it occurs to her that maybe what she really needs is a Prince Charming for Mom. If she doesn't do something, she will make cakes all her life and die in her "Sue's Wedding Cakery" apron with a spatula in her hand.

This story features a colorful island setting, dangerous underwater diving adventures,a family of billionaires, and lots and lots of buttercream. It is Alex's journey toward not only finding love, but learning how to step forward and take control of her own life, a rite of passage that faces all young readers.

My Thoughts:

Living on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California, we meet Alexandra "Alex" Marshall. During the summer before her senior year she gets a great opportunity to study at a college, but while trying to figure out exactly what to do she happens upon a diver in trouble while out diving on her own, something she had promised her mother she would never do. Alex knows that she must save this other diver and while doing so inadvertanly becomes the talk of the town; even though; thanks to a promise made after saving the man, no one actually knows that it was her.
Sue, Alex's mother runs a wedding cake business, and Alex is her helper, though mostly you notice that Alex really does a lot more of the work. While Sue is preparing a cake for a wedding at the Inn, Alex meets Jeremy, cousin to the Bride, and Margaret; grandmother to the bride. Margaret enlists Alex's help during the wedding by getting her to take the guest book around so everyone can sign it. We soon learn that Margaret knows that it was Alex who saved the diver, and that diver just happens to be Edward, the grandfather of the bride and Jeremy.
Once Sue learns about Alex diving alone, she takes all of her dive equipment, thus making it impossible for Alex to go diving.
I can't really go into too much more detail on the story without giving everything away, but I sat and read this amazing book in less than a day. I loved all of the characters, even though I had a hard time getting used to Alex. I was mad at the best friend, Zach, for a bit in the book, and I loved Jeremy. The writing was great and everything kept me interested and wanting to know more. I really wish I could live on an Island, though I know that if I grew up on one I would be itching to get out and go places too.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles near a large rotating neon chicken head with her daughter and her dachshund Taco.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


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