Holly Jefferson puts up a brave front for her family and friends and throws herself into work at her bakery, Cake. But at home she wallows in memories of her husband, Charlie, who died in a tragic accident nearly two years before. Then an unconventional cake commission brings Ciaran Argyll, the son of a wealthy developer, into her life. Ciaran is a highly eligible bachelor who's accustomed to using money to get what he wants. He's unlike anyone Holly has ever known, especially in contrast to Charlie, but as sparks fly, she discovers that Ciaran is recovering from a loss of his own. Knight, a former baker, won a writing contest in her native UK that led to the publication of this debut novel. What Knight's story may lack in originality and polish is more than compensated for by her endearing characters, including Holly's charming bakery assistant and her bossy but sweet sister. This debut voice in new-adult fiction will charm readers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.Review by Library Journal Reviews
Holly Jefferson has trouble sleeping. A baker who is part-owner of the company Cake, she finds that dreaming about her dead husband, Charlie, doesn't help her business plan or the rest of her life. Holly can't seem to move along with renovations to their cottage, either—that was Charlie's job. Now she's delivering a possibly libelous (but most certainly libidinous) cake to Fergal Argyll. As CFO of Argyll, Inc., he's the most prosperous person in their community. He also has a reputation for indiscretion. Does his son, Cieran, follow in his father's footsteps? Holly doesn't really want to know, but suddenly Cake is getting lots of expensive orders. Is the incredibly handsome younger Argyll involved? With a pregnant sister who can't keep out of her life, Holly has more than enough on her plate. VERDICT British author Knight's first novel offers up a poignant look at grief and how it can serve to inspire or cripple us in equal measure. Charlie's love of the pristine forest spurs Holly, yet Cieran's Scottish burr has a way of getting under her skin, whether she likes it (or him) or not. Romance fans will hope for a happy ending, while readers with a sweet tooth will drool over the pastries. A scrumptious debut.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
At the start of English author Knight's debut, young widow Holly Jefferson shows no signs of moving forward two years after her husband Charlie's fatal car accident. The renovations on her house remain unfinished and she buries herself in work at her bakery, Cake, leaving no room for a social life. When Holly takes a commission to create a bizarre cake for a real estate mogul (a gift from his ex-wife to commemorate the finalization of their divorce), she meets Ciaran Argyll, the man's incredibly handsome, famously eligible son, and sparks fly. Though Ciaran has a reputation as a womanizer, his intentions toward Holly are different. Everyone in her inner circle—her sister, her eccentric neighbor, and even her dog—is charmed by him, but Holly is not so easily won over. Aside from her continued grief over Charlie, she knows she'll never fit into Ciaran's world, and she also knows how many beautiful women have their eye on him, including his former fiancée and his father's icy, gorgeous mistress. Inevitable misunderstandings further clutter the path to true love. Despite all-too-familiar plotting and characters, Wright has an excellent sense of setting and pace. Romantics will find the book engaging and fun, and not even cynics will begrudge Holly her happy ending. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC
Twenty-seven year-old widow and bakery owner, Holly Jefferson gets an unexpected second chance at love when she meets Ciaran Argyll, a man who, surrounded by a superficial world of wealth and privilege, is battling his own ghosts.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A 27-year-old widow and the owner of a bakery called Cake, Holly Jefferson gets an unexpected second chance at love when she meets Ciaran Argyll, a man who, surrounded by a superficial world of wealth and privilege, is battling his own ghosts. Original.Review by Publisher Summary 3
How do you learn to love again?
In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson's life as she knew it changed forever. Nowto the external world, at leastshe's finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she's still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.
Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there's more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live againand embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?
How do you learn to love again?In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson's life as she knew it changed forever. Now—to the external world, at least—she's finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she's still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there's more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again—and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?