Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Cupcake Break

AllsfairinloveandcupcakesI had the delight of sharing a plane ride with Betsy St. Amant almost exactly one year ago when we both traveled from Dallas to Indianapolis for the American Christian Fiction Writers annual national conference. Since she was witty and sharp, I knew her newest story would have the same humor, keen insight, and dedication to the Lord.

So glad I was able to enjoy a free copy of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes from Netgalley. What a delight!

Kat Varland loves her family. She loves creative baking. And she loves cupcakes. Unfortunately, her aunt’s cupcake shop, Sweetie Pies, only offers three varieties; strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.

How could anyone be satisfied with a vanilla identity?

While Cat might aspire to more than plain vanilla, taking the leap into the ring of creativity calls for extra help.

Her best friend, Lucas, is perfect for that job. He believes in Kat and can’t understand how someone so accomplished can have so little confidence. In an effort to get Kat to view him in a different, more romantic light, Lucas enters her in nationally televised Cupcake Combat. He even goes along as her assistant, but their combination is a recipe for one disaster after another. And worst of all is the prospect that Kat might actually win!

BetsyStAmantBetsy St. Amant pens an engaging romance full of humor and heart. The characters drew me in with their easy friendship. The relationship teeters through the middle, with a barrage of “He loves me/she loves me not.” The attitudes weren’t entirely unwarranted, since both Kat and Lucas considered their friendship of extreme value. The back and forth did get a bit redundant, but the satisfying ending made up for it.

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a great choice if you’re seeking a light clean romance. And I loved the scripture revealed! Perfect choice for this story.

Your Turn: Favorite cupcake flavor. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth. Mine is red velvet with cream cheese icing. Yummy!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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