Book Review: The Wedding Cake
One steamy summer in Spain. One accidentally double-booked eight-tier wedding cake that needs to put in a same day appearance at a rustic countryside finca AND a beachside villa. Two brides. Two grooms. Hundreds of hungry guests.
FREYA ASHCROFT, owner and culinary whizz at Marbella’s five star bakery (and general queen of dating disasters), is going to need a miracle to save this date. If only that was her sole dilemma. She's also fallen head over heels in love with super hot fitness instructor, TIM NUTKINS... and his rippling abs.
Which would be fine, if he wasn't one of her aforementioned male clients. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)
This is my favorite read from Isabella May!
Freya was such a great character. She gets by on her determination and grit, which has led to her becoming a much sought-after baker where wedding cakes are concerned. But while she does all she can to be as professional as possible with all of her clients, there is something different about Tim, the hot fitness instructor who ends up showing up for a cake tasting sans fiancée. It was neat to see the contrasting emotions Freya has when working with him, trying to maintain her professionalism despite the muck up that is their initial meeting.
And poor Tim. He’s really stuck his foot in it where relationships are concerned, and it’s obvious his fiancée is a huge pain in the neck. I despised her, yet I wanted to keep reading all I could about her, because she’s the type of character that you just can’t tear your attention away from. You want to see what will happen next.
The Wedding Cake is told in three different perspectives; Freya’s, Tim’s, and there is a third individual who is a past character I’ve read about in other Isabella May books, but she’s not mentioned in the synopsis, so I’ll keep mum on who it is. I really appreciated all three viewpoints, because eventually they all cross paths with one another, ending with a really fun showdown between characters–and all for good reason. Particularly with Tim’s situation. While reading the outcome, I nodded my head and silently gave praise for a job well done, not only for Tim but for his fiancée, too. It was extremely fitting.
The dialogue was really elevated, a really engrossing experience. My favorite interactions were the ones between Tim and Freya, and Tim and his fiancée. It was just so much fun and I always wanted to know what was next for all of the characters. It was a wild five-star experience!
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury's ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children's publishing... selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fueled her curiosity and love of international food and travel - both feature extensively in her romcoms.
Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.