Expected Publication: August 5, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.
Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.
Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.
About the Author
Renee earned her BA from UC Irvine (go Anteaters!) and MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her three rescue dogs and three cats. Her first novel, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, was published by the Dial Press/Random House. Please Please Please was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard bestseller and published in Germany and Japan. Her second novel, SHAKE DOWN THE STARS, was published August, 2013.