“Book Review: Crisis Desserted”
Reviewed by R. Read
Crisis Desserted is a delightful curl up on the couch; a laughing, craving-sweets kind of romantic comedy.
The book opens with MC Brandy Tanner, botching her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on a popular baking show. Then, to add to her misery, she goes through a disastrous break-up when she returns, resulting in the loss of her apartment.
And she’s still not even done yet.
Bran quits her day job to pursue her dreams, only to learn that moving in with her sister is temporary. In two weeks, she’ll need to move back to her parents’ house. Turning pages to find out if she’ll survive the next life-altering setback, I’d forgotten what pure joy it is to read quirky one-liners like the ones that run rampant in this novel: “In your face, Tom. I’ll bake my cake and eat it too.” And who among us doesn’t suffer now and again with “contemplating one of mankind’s great struggles—waffle cone or bowl?”
If you worry, like I did, that the story will turn cliché and predictable when Brandy finally meets an enchanting new man, great news: there are twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing right through the epilogue. Self-sabotage threatens to ruin her perfect new relationship, and Brandy begins her journey to self-discovery through a new business venture. But can she buck up and dessert her next crisis?
“It’s not about being fearless. It’s about not letting fear get the best of you.”
Readers will find themselves pulling for a myriad of characters in this book, all of whom desire transformation. Characters close to Brandy are dealing with their own challenges, flaws, failures, and triumphs; everybody’s got something. Parallel struggles for members of her family and community are nicely woven into this smile, cry, laugh, gasp, must-read book until the very last page.
It offers assurance. Throughout the ups and downs in life, following your dreams and being yourself really is the only way home.
“I had never lived a day loving myself fully and liking the person I saw in the mirror, so I decided…to show the version I liked best.”
With a mug of hot coffee and Nana Stella’s recipe book to fall back on, I couldn’t help but fly through this heartwarming new novel. Author Katherine Laurin’s style of quick wit and humor, combined with plenty of baking euphemisms, made me crave each homemade cobbler and plot point.
So pick yourself up a copy of this oh-so-sweet Romantic Comedy. It would make for a great, light vacation read for all those out there searching for a satisfying journey from the bottom to the top of the cake.
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust
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