Wedding Cake: A Novel by Lynne Hinton (Avon A, a HarperCollins imprint, May 18, 2010), 304 pages
This was a really cute, fun book. I’m kind of sad that I came to this set of characters so late in their journey — earlier books in the Hope Springs series include Friendship Cake, Hope Springs, Forever Friends, and Christmas Cake.
Each chapter opens with an hors d’oeuvre recipe, usually associated with the character who takes center stage during that chapter. The recipes felt old to me, but I suppose they would; many of the characters are retirement age. Regardless of their relative trendiness, though, most of them didn’t sound appetizing. Also: The recipes are remarkably unhealthy!
This book has the lightness of chick lit but without the unending fashion talk.
The mix of characters is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this book (The following may be a spoiler for earlier books in the series!) — one woman’s a former pastor, another’s a lesbian, for example. Hinton did a good job of making everyone’s lives believably messy.
I didn’t love the writing. The book could also have used another set of eyes. It was poorly edited.
Overall the style isn’t my favorite, but it was still a fun read. I enjoyed this book, but I don’t think I’ll be seeking out more of the series.
About the author
In addition to the Holly Springs series, Lynne Hinton is the author of The Things I Know Bestand The Last Odd Day. She is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and lives in Washington.
Have you reviewed this book? Leave me a link and I’ll add it here.
I received this book from the publisher. I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.