This is a warm, funny delight of a book, good tempered and well
intentioned. From time to time everyone needs a light-hearted read
and this is it. The story is straightforward: a family suddenly
encounters all sorts of difficulties, from having an old parent to
stay indefinitely to dealing with a stroppy and rude teenager. One
after another, the problems swell up and throb leaving the main
character, Ruth, only just able to cope. Her divorced and crabby
parents who have not lived together since she was three are both
forced to lodge with her and share her family life, which means
that meal times are punctuated with appalling rows. The dialogue is
very funny, all the more so since the reader is not obliged to join
in. Years ago Ruth was told that in times of stress one should
mentally transport oneself to a happy, peaceful place. She chooses
the inside of a giant cake, one smelling of warm spice and all the
other good things that Mrs. Beeton lists. As her family becomes
more catastrophic she needs this refuge more and more but a new
friend teaches her to make things happen rather than react to them.
She climbs out, faces up to things and everyone moves on. Cake,
eating cake, sharing it and offering it, beating together sugar and
butter to make cake, icing cake and selling cake make up the
threads that bind this novel together. A nice idea, a wholesome
story and one that leaves the reader wanting more. (Kirkus UK)
'A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don't each the whole
cake. You don't eat a cake every day of your life. A cake is a
party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what's served on the
happiest days of your life. This is the story of how my life was
saved by cake . . .' Feisty middle-aged housewife Ruth Hopson's
life comes crashing down around her when her hospital administrator
husband is made redundant. As the family's financial problems begin
to mount, Ruth must also cope with her sulky teenage daughter and
warring elderly parents. As she tries to keep the peace in this
eccentric, disfunctional household, Ruth's only solace comes from
baking cakes. But what begins as a distraction and grows into an
obsession just might provide an ingenious solution to the family's
Simon & Schuster
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