Friday, December 14, 2012

~Book Review and Giveaway: For What It's Worth by Karey White~

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For What It's Worth by Karey White

Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

Praise for For What It's Worth

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award


Book Trailer

Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

 Bad dreams kept me awake most of the night. In the first dream, I missed my flight to California and had to walk there, pulling the wedding cake behind me in a rusted-out Radio Flyer wagon. The wheel fell off the wagon twice, and both times, the cake tumbled to the ground, destroying the icing on one side of the cake.
My Review
For What It's Worth is such a wonderful and charming  story.  When the book opens, we meet Abby Benson.  Abby's Aunt Grace has just passed and left Abby a wonderful inheritance.  A building and enough money to make her dreams come true.  Abby has always wanted to own her own bakery specializing in wedding cakes.  After much thought, Abby quits her day job.
She hires the handsome Dane to do the renovations on her bakery.  She finds herself becoming more attracted to him as they spend more time together.  Abby is scared as the grand opening nears.  She has everything figured out, except what to charge for her fabulous wedding cakes.  Taking a huge gamble, she comes up with an unheard of practice.  Let the customer pay what they think the cake is worth.  Abby wants her clients to enjoy their cake and pay only after they have tasted it and decided for themselves how much it is worth.  Will this work?  Abby is taking a big risk for her future and the future of her bakery.
Suddenly business is booming and except for one client, everyone seems to like her unique pricing system and pay her fairly.  She has to hire more people to help and is getting closer and closer to Dane.  As word gets out and after televisions interviews about the bakery, Abby realizes that maybe this is getting out of hand.  She loves baking but she is seeing less of Dane and her family. 
Abby has to take a step back and figure out what is most important to her.  After much sole searching and praying she finally has to make some hard decisions.  Will Dane be a part of her life?  What will she have to give up to make it all work out?
This is my first LDS book and it will not be my last.  It is such a sweet, clean romance.  You get wrapped up in the characters.  You are so happy for Abby.  I did not always agree with her decisions but she has a good heart.  You want her to succeed.  Dane is a wonderful character.  So kind and patient.  There  are not many men like him around anymore.  My teenage daughter read this and loved it also.  I recommend you read this book.  You will not be disappointed.

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  1. Thank you for the great review and for highlighting my book on your blog. And I'm so glad your daughter enjoyed it. I have two teenage daughters and it's important to me that I write books that are appropriate for them and that they can enjoy.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. I'm doing a giveaway of "Cure Tooth Decay" at www.easyreadingpicks.blogspot.come Jen Noble