23 March 2017

book club thursday- reading challenge



WELCOME BOOK LOVERS


Thanks for stopping by. My name is Cyndi and each week, myself and my two best book friends forever Ann and Karen jointly blog together on Book Club Thursday (BCT). To learn all about BCT please click here

If you're a regular reader, you are going to see some fresh changes to each of our BCT blogs for 2017. We are very excited and hope you will participate in our events. 

This week we have: 





Simple really- each of us read and review a book from one of our three lists of "challenges".

This month my "challenge" was from the list:




SUPER TRICKY 




Read a book that taught you about a subject you are unfamiliar with
Read a book with a on the run or road trip theme
Trifecta Books (sounds, cover and title must all …be cute/sexy /etc)
Read a book with an “unconventional” heroine
Name that Tune



I picked a "Trifecta" book. Now of course when each of deem a book as "Trifecta" it could/might be a matter of our own opinion but let's see what you think about my pick for "cute":











You’ve Got Mail meets Julie & Julia in the new foodie fiction from the author of Recipe for Disaster.

Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancĂ© were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home…
 
Laying low, Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles. That way, she can keep Bubbles and her sweater-wearing pug company and nurse her broken heart. But when Sophie gets a part-time job at the old-fashioned neighborhood bakery, she finds herself up to her elbows in dough and reluctantly giving a wedding cake customer advice on everything from gift bags to guest accommodations. Before she knows it, she’s an online wedding planner. It’s not mousse and macarons, but it pays the bills. But with the arrival of unexpected personal and professional twists, Sophie wonders if she’s really moving forward—or starting over from scratch...

This book could have fit so many challenges (contains a wedding, set in my home state, food item on the cover...) but I went with "Trifecta".

I've read Ms. Ballis before and really enjoyed her. Her books are filled with food and pets that nearly steal the show (Wedding Girl fits the bill)

I'm trying hard not to make a bunch of cooking/baking puns here in my review (HA HA ) but 
Wedding Girl is a humorous and touching novel with dash of romance. Although a pinch predictable (but that's okay!) it's still a cute and thoughtful read. 

Told from Sophie's POV (1st person), I still felt like I knew the secondary characters- and what characters they are! 

Wedding Girl is also much more than a "cute" book.  Sophie's journey and growth throughout the novel is realistic and believable. 

There are times when Ms. Ballis could have given the novel "Hollywood" moments (okay maybe at the end) and I'm glad she didn't. It makes Wedding Girl a much stronger novel. 











































March 30th

Join us as the team REVIEWS: 

The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy 

Chosen by Ann from Romancing the Readers