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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Ross Narrator: Kate Baldwin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461805045
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In this delectable novel, Jennifer Ross frosts a sweet story of a young woman fulfilling her dreams, one delicious cupcake at a time.

In Ansley Waller’s world of Southern belles and gentlemen, getting a diamond ring isn’t just important—it’s the ultimate goal. So when her fiancé, Parish, unceremoniously kicks her to the curb and cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley is so ashamed that she decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother, Vivian, whom she’s never met. In turn, Vivian gives Ansley a no-nonsense ultimatum: Rather than wallow in misery, either get a job or go home.

The Waller women have a tradition of baking their way out of sorrow. So Ansley mixes batch after batch of creative cupcakes—Black Bottom Heartache, Moving Blues Banana Caramel, Tres Leches Made Small. Before long, she’s opening up her own cupcake shop and even trying her hand at dating. But the ways of Manhattan’s eligible bachelors are altogether different from their Southern counterparts, and Ansley’s nearly fail-safe tactics fall flat. And worse, someone’s got a half-baked scheme to sabotage Ansley’s new life. It’ll take a cup of courage and a dash of Southern charm, plus a few secret ingredients, if Ansley hopes to pull off her recipe for success.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With lovable and loathsome characters, vastly different settings, and recipe after recipe, Jennifer Ross not only paints a candid picture of the New York lifestyle but the Texas lifestyle as well.”

    Examiner.com

  • “Debut author Ross shows real skill for realistic characters and funny situations.”

    Library Journal

  • “Striking the perfect balance between tart wit and sweet romance, Ross spoons up a thoughtful blend of chick lit and women’s fiction.” Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 2/13/2014

    " The baking tips were condescending. I like foodie books that make me run to the kitchen - this had the opposite effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Striano-Preece | 2/11/2014

    " Adorable chick lit book! Just what I was in the mood for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 2/8/2014

    " This book is an actual story of my life...except I haven't opened my own cupcake shop (yet). It won't be for everyone, but it was by far one of the most perfect books I've ever read for my personality, hopes and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Rodrian | 2/1/2014

    " Loved it! I loved the recipes at the end of each chapter. I can't wait to try some of them out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RoseMari | 1/30/2014

    " 2.5 stars for the story. 4.5 stars for the recipes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candy | 1/27/2014

    " This book was FULL of recipes, though none I was tempted to try. It was a light easy read, the first of my summer reads, but it wasn't a book I'd highly recommend to anyone. I felt it was a bit silly, and somewhat unbelievable. It wasn't certainly not the worst book I've read, but I wouldn't single out the author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taunia | 1/25/2014

    " It's a fun romance novel with lots of fun cupcake recipes I'm gonna try making. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/24/2014

    " Book was a fun and super fast read.....definitely for the pool or beach. The cupcake recipes make it interesting and I read some reviews from others that they followed some of the recipes and found them delicious. I found the part about Patty a bit ridiculous/far-fetched and then just letting her actions slide was unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredyth | 1/7/2014

    " Really liked this book. It was an easy read, and the characters were likeable and well developed. Really enjoyed the cupcake recipes included, especially since I am a huge cupcake fan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 1/2/2014

    " I liked the plot, but overall the author tried too hard to weave cooking tips into the story. I understand why, but felt like they just didn't fit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 1/1/2014

    " This book was terrible - the writing style was poor, the characters were all immensely unlikable, and if the author wanted to write a cookbook, then she should have skipped the fiction story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Hanson | 12/25/2013

    " Great book! Not really a romance, but it did have some romantic interests. More of a woman-realizes-she-doesn't-need-a-man-and-comes-into-her-own kind of book. Very entertaining. Delectable and decadent recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 12/23/2013

    " Started out very good and had some good storylines going but lost it in the end with a hit and run and mushy hospital scene that made everything all better too fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/9/2013

    " I enjoyed the cute story of Ansley's finding a new life after being dumped by her fiance and the recipes fit right into the story and sounded delicious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie B-W | 11/29/2013

    " I wanted a quick, kind of fluffy book, and this fit the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/17/2013

    " Excellent, a very fun read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Believable? Not so much but good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/22/2013

    " Good, not great, story. The recipes for cupcakes are delicious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Fuller | 10/10/2013

    " I really liked this book. It had good humor and also included actual cupcake recipes throughout the book. Makes you want to cheer on the young lady in the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 10/2/2013

    " a cute fast and fun read, interesting because you start off hating the protaganist. Great character development. somewhat predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Msbossy | 7/27/2013

    " Chick lit with complete with recpes. Not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/2/2012

    " Super cute, with great looking recipes and tips for baking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Payne | 8/12/2012

    " 4 stars because the book actually does contain great cupcake recipes and baking advice along with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/12/2012

    " Quick, light read. Great cupcake recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecily | 6/19/2012

    " I tend to rate harshly, so I guess I'd give this book a 2.5. It was a very quick read. Fairly predictable, but pretty entertaining chic lit. A perfect beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyredlight007 | 3/20/2012

    " This was a really good chick read. I read it in one night. I never warmed up to Ansley - the main character. Southern belle transforms into NYC success. I am excited that at the end of every chapter ws a different cupcake recipe. I am going to copy some of them to try! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara Rutledge | 11/17/2011

    " Very predictable. The ending seemed rushed. It was a good fluff book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/16/2011

    " Adorable chick lit book! Just what I was in the mood for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laureen | 9/30/2011

    " It was okay- I'm more excited about the cupcake recipes- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/3/2011

    " I'm excited to start making the cupcakes from the book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 8/16/2011

    " This book is an actual story of my life...except I haven't opened my own cupcake shop (yet). It won't be for everyone, but it was by far one of the most perfect books I've ever read for my personality, hopes and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyredlight007 | 8/15/2011

    " This was a really good chick read. I read it in one night. I never warmed up to Ansley - the main character. Southern belle transforms into NYC success. I am excited that at the end of every chapter ws a different cupcake recipe. I am going to copy some of them to try! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 8/13/2011

    " Such a fun story. Love the recipes and baking tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/3/2011

    " Good, not great, story. The recipes for cupcakes are delicious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 7/28/2011

    " my favorite part was the fun cupcake recipes at the end of every chapter!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/11/2011

    " I wanted a quick, kind of fluffy book, and this fit the bill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 5/26/2011

    " The book is more like 2.5 stars, but the recipes are more like 4. A good beach book if you don't mind salivating at the end of each chapter. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/10/2011

    " I really liked this book, it was quick and funny, and made me crave cupcakes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorinda | 3/14/2011

    " I love the cute story line in this book. But I would have to say the cupcake recipes are the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 3/8/2011

    " Loved the recipes...the plot--not so much. A good beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/21/2010

    " Love the recipes, but didn't love that even by the end Ansley still seems to believe that she'll eventually give up her bakery in order to marry, have kids, and let the husband run the business. "

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About the Author

Jennifer Ross is a former Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News reporter and the cofounder of the movie production company Brick House. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, children, and her two Papillions, Navette and Ruby.

About the Narrator

Kate Baldwin is an acclaimed musical theater star. She has appeared in the Broadway casts of The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Wonderful Town, and starred in numerous productions including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Women, Henry V, and South Pacific, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Kate is also a singer, and has performed in concert with the New York Pops, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at the legendary New York nightclubs like Feinstein’s, Birdland and most recently, 54 Below. She has released two albums. Kate is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.