Thursday, January 10, 2013

For What It's Worth - by Karey White

Abby Benson is given the chance of a lifetime when her Aunt Grace dies and leaves her property with the advice that Abby turn it into a bakery and fulfill her dream of creating wedding cakes.  With encouragement, and a bit of guilt mixed in, from her family, Abby takes the leap that can change her life.  But with no business experience, what will she charge her customers?  What if she lets every customer decide individually how much Abby's work and creations are worth?  Will it bring her success or failure?  And is she prepared to handle either?

The idea of worth permeates this book and goes so much deeper than just the monetary value of a beautiful, edible creation.  As Abby wonders what her customers will think she's worth, she begins to evaluate what other things in her life are worth, but she, more importantly, has to wonder if she's worth what other people thinks she is worth.  It's a very risky situation, where not only could her business succeed or fail, but she has now wrapped up her own self-worth into the product.  The novel brings this idea of worth into Abby setting new priorities and goals for her life that change the way she views her business and the people in her life.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  The search for worth on multiple levels took the book deeper than a simple inheritance/dream-come-true plot, and even broadened the romance story-line as both characters had to evaluate what their assumptions and plans for the future had been.  Each chapter started with a recipe, and while I only skimmed most of them, I highlighted a few to attempt at some point.  Maybe I need a book club to cook book recipes for.

I give this book 4 stars.  
You can find the book HERE.
You can find the author's blog HERE.

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the nice review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you have a wonderful 2013.