All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant #review
Kat dreams of more than just plain old chocolate and vanilla. She wants a more exotic flair to her life but is sitting in the shadows of her family. At twenty six years old she is living in the background of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Kat still works shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery – still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
When Lucas Brannen, her best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake off on Cupcake Combat everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary AND a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself is her and this is in danger of slipping away from him.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams or sabotage her chances in order to keep her in Louisiana for himself.
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a sweet journey of finding one’s calling. Kat is young and so unsure of herself like so many of us are. She has a wealth of education and passion for baking but is scared to make that leap of faith and reach for her dreams. I have felt this way many times – it is terrifying to do something out of our comfort zone and the normal routine we have built. But sometimes it is completely worth it.
The slow romance between Kat and Lucas is wonderful to watch grow. They are both so unsure of taking their friendship to that next level even though they complement each other perfectly. Lucas is always there for Kat and supporting in her dreams. Even when those dreams conflict with the life he has built for them in his mind. He falls victim to human nature and almost damages Kat’s chances but realizes how selfish this is and works hard to fix his mistakes.
A lovely and fun read that will have you laughing and smiling as you turn every page.
About the Author
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.