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Elizabeth Bass—author of Miss You Most of All Wherever Grace is Needed and The Way Back to Happiness—weaves an emotionally rich and layered new novel about a former child star rebuilding her lifeBecca Hudson has come a long way since she was a tween starring in the sitcom Me Minus You but as far as she’s concerned she finally has her act together She’s relocated to Leesburg Virginia owns a successful bakery and has a great set of friends—even a friendly ex husband She ignores “Whatever Happened To?” speculation and the occasional overly obsessed fan and flatly turns down a lucrative offer to appear on a reality show called Celebrities in Peril Child Star Edition She has an uncomfortable relationship with her Hollywood past preferring to think of herself as than a 1990s trivia uestion Then one day a mysterious man appears and stirs up her past—all of it—in ways she never imagined


10 thoughts on “Life is Sweet

  1. says:

    “Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth” Janet Evanovich #1 New York Times bestselling authorYes once in a while we do need a birthday cake kind of novel to ease off our mind which gets often heavy while reading those impressionistic and articulate literary novels Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass has all the ingredients to be your perfect birthday cake Melodramatic check cheesy characters check predictable ending making us all teary eyed check over the top chemistry check girl problems checkSynopsis “If you wait for a cake to be given to you so you will be happy then you will be happy when someone gives you a cake But if you buy a cake or bake one for yourself so you will be happy you have found the way of happiness” C Joy Bell C author and also known for her cake loveThat's what Rebecca Hudson used to do bake cupcakes whenever life threw her lemons Rebecca Hudson is former TV star who is now the owner of a bakery and her cupcakes are uite popular in her town Leesburg She had a great set of girl friends and a very friendly ex husband and sometimes occasionally she used to get bugged by her fans One fine day she sees a man who is old enough to be her father across her bakery who happens to be homeless and penniless Feeling sympathetic Rebecca soon befriends that man Eventually the mysterious man becomes like that missing ray of sunshine in Rebecca's already lonely life And with a growing passion for her new customer who happens to be a single dad Rebecca is feeling happier and merrier every day But does life goes on as we want it to go? Read it to find out about Rebecca's mystery man and about her sweet as a cake life Rebecca is a perfect protagonist lost and lonely yet feels happy while making cupcakes She is not like all those women protagonists who happen to cry and sulk over their broken past Rebecca devours every bad moment of her life by making cupcakes She is least bothered about her failing career as a TV star and surprisingly is in uite good terms with her ex husband instead of feeling all uncomfortable in front of him Not for a single moment I found Rebecca crying over her disoriented life Moreover she cared less about her daily problems and indeed she had a large heart meaning couldn't say NO to a total stranger who happens to be an ex convict I loved everything about Rebecca I wish her friends could be like Rebecca instead of being utterly ridiculous and cheesy Pam and Erin Olivia an 11 year old girl is the life of this book bold determined and has a way with her words The male characters are fantastically portrayed almost drawing a striking similarity with the everyday charactersThe narration was simple not too dramatic But I put admit that often the plot went too melodramatic and many unnecessary moments could have been avoided Even at times I felt I couldn't connect to story; over I couldn't be able to absorb the emotions at all The ending was no doubt uite predictable Honestly I liked Elizabeth Bass's previous novel The Way Back to Happiness than this bookVerdict There are far better birthday cakes out there But if you love reading light hearted novels then definitely go for this one Courtesy Thanks to the author Elizabeth Bass for providing me with a copy of her novel in return for an honest review


  2. says:

    This book started out really slow for me and I had a really hard time getting into it Becca is a former child star who is happy to leave that life behind As an adult she runs her own bakery I like the idea behind this book Becca being a former child star but I just didn't find her to be that likeable a character and that kind of ruined the book for me I also felt like this book was too long and the writing was not easy to follow Sadly this book just was not for meARC provided in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    A totally delicious read about a former child star who has relocated out of the limelight to run her own bakery in a small town She has a lovely group of friends around her She’s had an offer to appear in a reality tv show but turned it down flat She wants to distance herself from her previous fame Lots of comedy but also heart searching decisions It all makes for a moving bookShe becomes interested in helping a homeless man will that change and shape the rest of her life? Will she get back with her ex husband?So many strands to this story and I really enjoyed it With thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy of the book to review


  4. says:

    too many extra marital affairs for my taste


  5. says:

    In Life is Sweet a former child star moves to a small town in Virginia and opens a cake shopbakery This book was an easy and fun read Although I could really see a lot of the actionplot points coming a LONG way off I didn't know how it would get there and it was fun to read Very light and sometimes that's just what you need


  6. says:

    The story had a nice summer time vibe to it but it was still at best a mediocre book even for a beach read The minor characters had interesting sub plots but the fact that she was a child star was brought up unnecessarily too many times and the ending was ever so slightly completely ridiculous


  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book but found the many story lines a bit rushed at the end There were several that could have been expanded into separate books A fun read all in all


  8. says:

    I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review


  9. says:

    Life is Sweet is a fun novel filled with warmth laughter love and taking life’s curve balls in stride‘Tina thinks you should get a life’ Rebecca Hudson is a former Hollywood television star and deeply resents that she can’t seem to escape fans that still think of her as darling little Tina from Me Minus You After losing her momentum in Hollywood early on in her career Becca eventually moves to a uaint small town in Virginia in an attempt to leave her child star past behind herUpon moving to Leesburg Becca pursues her love of baking by opening The Strawberry Cake Shop Becca’s love of cake had come directly from her mom As long as there was cake Ronnie had said you had a little happiness on a plate Her shop is decorated with her other life long love – horses Becca keeps her horse Harvey at her ex husband Cal’s horse farm and has managed to stay on somewhat friendly terms with him It helps that Cal has been long term friends with Becca’s friend Pam one of the members of the “Not Book Club” trioAlthough everyone thinks her shop is named for the Strawberry Cake that she sells The Strawberry Cake Shop is named after the cake Becca’s mom would whip up for every birthday Becca makes this cake for her own enjoyment when she starts to miss her mother because it represents happiness and love “This is the kind of cake my mom used to make on my birthday” she told the group as they beheld the finished product “Just like it’s always happy hour somewhere it must be someone’s birthday somewhere right?” I love this uote and the idea that there’s always an excuse to eat cakeThrough life’s ups and downs Becca now has an ex husband that owns a horse farm a successful business and two of the best friends a girl could ever ask for Becca came to Leesburg in hopes of living a happy and simple life but soon she’s got drama than she knows what to do with Add in an adorable ten year old named Olivia her dreamy makeshift ‘step dad’ Matthew a home wrecking affair and a long lost important figure in Becca’s life Can Becca come up with a recipe for success or will she be lucky to just get through everything life has thrown her way unscathed?I thoroughly enjoyed Bass’s novel and loved the brewing relationship between Becca and Matthew Reading Life is Sweet made me desperately crave a slice of Becca’s mother’s Strawberry Cake and left me wishing that there was a bakery like The Strawberry Cake Shop in my neighborhood It also made me wish I was a bit clever in the kitchen and inspired me to try baking from scratch often And even if every wish didn’t come true there was always the cake itself As long as there was cake life was goodSide note All uotes have been pulled from a pre published review copy I apologize if any excerpts did not make it into the final published novel however they will give you a sense of the overall feel of the book and I’m sure that you will absolutely love it


  10. says:

    SynopsisElizabeth Bass—author of Miss You Most of All Wherever Grace is Needed and The Way Back to Happiness—weaves an emotionally rich and layered new novel about a former child star rebuilding her lifeBecca Hudson has come a long way since she was a tween starring in the sitcom Me Minus You but as far as she’s concerned she finally has her act together She’s relocated to Leesburg Virginia owns a successful bakery and has a great set of friends—even a friendly ex husband She ignores “Whatever Happened To?” speculation and the occasional overly obsessed fan and flatly turns down a lucrative offer to appear on a reality show called Celebrities in Peril Child Star Edition She has an uncomfortable relationship with her Hollywood past preferring to think of herself as than a 1990s trivia uestion Then one day a mysterious man appears and stirs up her past—all of it—in ways she never imaginedGoodreadsReviewBecca Hudson is a former child star As an adult she wants to pursue her love of baking and opens her own bakery She is living her dream but the past continues to intrude on the present She wants people to visit the bakery because of the delicious treats she bakes not because of who she used to be She wants people to see her as an adult and like her because of who she has become It is very frustrating for her when that does not seems to be happening When she is asked to appear on a reality television show her initial reaction is to say “no” But she meets a few people that see her for who she is and learns some facts about her life that have her reconsidering her answer The characters are well developed and three dimensional At times Becca is frustrated and not as pleasant as she should be But does that not happen to all of us sometimes? There are times when I did not like her very much and then other times when I felt sorry for her I think that is a sign of a good author when the readers feelings toward a character change while reading the bookThe writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy although at times I felt like it was a little long Sometimes I felt a little too much description was given concerning things that were not that interesting That is my opinion though and other readers may disagree I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading women’s fiction If you love bakeries or baked good and who doesn’t give this book a try I plan on seeing if this author has written any books and checking them outI received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book