Saturday, December 27, 2014

How To Bake A Chocolate Souffle by Carly Ellen Kramer

Title:  How To Bake A Chocolate Souffle
Series:  Cherry Harbor #1
Author:  Carly Ellen Kramer
Published:  September 23/14 by CEK Publishing
Length:  276pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Forget what your English professor told you – life stories are not written in college.

Madeleine LaBlange, Annie Anderson, and Audrey Navarro shared formative years as roommates at Chicago’s Catholic haven for women, the historic Abbott College. If only they could have predicted the collisions between their carefully crafted life plans and the realities they discover beyond campus...

Madeleine harbors dreams of becoming a concert pianist while Dr. Reynold Fenwick, her mercurial graduate school mentor, harbors fantasies of Madeleine. Will pursuing her dreams be worth the cost? Will an evening in Budapest change her life forever?

Annie plans to build a perfect family with her perfect husband in the cutthroat news media industry, until an abrupt tragedy shakes the foundations of her marriage. What happens when she feels pulled between the two men she loves most, her husband and her father?

Audrey leaves her religious, restrictive parents behind and aims for Chicago’s downtown skyline, dating recklessly and staring down each grueling workday one Chicago Dog at a time. Will an island respite lure her away from her corporate future? When she finds herself in the arms of an unexpected lover, will she have the courage to stand up for her own evolving sense of self?

Follow the journeys of these remarkable women, and cheer them on as they navigate life, love, and chocolate soufflé.

Includes over a dozen decadent new recipes from Crowded Earth Kitchen!

My Review:

This was a well written & presented novel. I quite enjoyed it once I got into it, but it took me a while to get there. The author’s mellow, low key writing style lulls you into the storyline, allowing you to experience each aspect of it. Her detail oriented storytelling gives a concise telling of all parts of the story. I found that the storyline did change rather abruptly at times, jolting me out of the story, but then I was back in the story again within a couple of pages.

Kramer’s well developed characters were fairly easy to connect with. I enjoyed getting to know them. The interactions between the characters were fantastic. The reality of life shines through, as do their emotions.

Overall, this was a light-hearted, enjoyable read.

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