All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant is a love story between the young lady Kat Varland and Lucas Brannen. The story starts in a cupcake shop in Bayou Bend, Louisiana and ends at the exact same cupcake shop taking the reader on a stressful trip to California in between.
Kat Varland is a baker at her Aunt’s cupcake shop called Sweetie Pies, and is frustrated by the lack of variety of cupcakes made at the shop. Kat has dreams that are bigger and grander than merely being stuck in a small town and constantly being criticized by her mother and sister.
Lucas Brannen is the local football coach who is in love with Kat, but simply doesn’t have the courage to tell her. All the while he is making plans for their life together by attempting to buy a 10 acre plot of land and a farm-house for the two of them to raise a family.
The two of them travel to a cupcake competition put on by the Food Network and work together for a week to produce the most original cupcakes for the show. This week in California is supposed to bring the two of them closer, but the reality is it only causes more tension, angst and frustration between the two of them.
I didn’t like this book.
I hate to say that, but the tension between the two main characters left me feeling stressed and angry at their ridiculous behavior. I thought the characters were developed well, and the descriptions of the scenes were well written. It was easy to picture just where something was happening from the authors way of giving you a sense of place. I just hated the two main characters.
Kat is a spoiled, self-centered young woman who cares nothing about what is happening around her. She is selfishly seeking to escape her hometown while her aunt who is very sick really needs her at the shop managing things. Kat does not seek the Lord for answers to her problems and struggles until the last few pages of the book. In fact it seems as if both characters consider their faith as a mere after-thought in their lives.
Lucas is a passive young man who seems to have the desire to lead in a good way, but is too scared to do much of anything. He has several plans that he puts into motion without actually discussing with Kat. For example:
- He signs her up for a Cupcake competition without telling her. Kat finds out when she gets accepted.
- He is working throughout much of the story to buy land for them to live on together as a married couple and Kat doesn’t even know Lucas has feelings for her.
I would not want my girls reading this book thinking that this love story is an example of what a real romance should look like. The two main characters are border-line dishonest with each other. They hide their feelings. Neither one of them is really clear about what they want from each other. The book is spent with the two of them fighting and stressed out and angry at each other because of the tension between them that neither one will discuss.
I would not recommend this book, although I believe there are many who would really enjoy reading it.
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