Review of For What It’s Worth by Karey White

Screen Shot 2013-01-06 at 4.04.55 PMDescription: Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

My Review: Abby is given some money from her Aunt to live out her dream– to open up a bakery. Cakes, cakes and more cakes. Her dream is coming true and in the process she meets someone. How will that all fit and how will her idea of letting customers come up with their own price work out? Does it flop? Does she fall in love?

I enjoyed the love story and it made me laugh so much. I remembered having those types of feelings after my mission and meeting some of the characters in the novel from my own life. By the end of the novel I felt like Abby was one of my best friends. I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her to win in love as well.

From the first words on the page Karey White had me hooked. I thought the layout of having a recipe to start out each chapter was really cool. I kept wanting to take a break to see if I had the ingredients to make the peanut butter-themed recipes. And each recipe is not random but has to do with some aspect of the chapter. Very clever.

The theme for me was that we need to realize and understand “what things are worth” that are right in front of us. Those relationships that are here and present and those situations that need our attention because of their worth. And that we need to value “our” worth more than we do. What is our time worth? I think this is a constant struggle for all of us.

Karey White has a natural writing style. Her descriptions and conversations seemed so effortless. For What It’s Worth was delightful, exciting and real. I would read anything she wrote. In fact, I plan on reading her first novel Gifted very soon. I highly recommend this novel. It’s an exciting story and you’ll probably want to make or eat some cake when you are done! [ 5 Stars ]

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2 Responses

  1. Karey says:

    Thanks for the nice review. I’m so glad you liked it. Also happy to hear that you’re a peanut butter lover. Put some chocolate with that and you can’t go wrong (In fact, it’s not even 9 a.m. and I just ate a mini Reese’s. Disgusting.)

    Gifted is very different (not a romance). I hope you enjoy it, too.

  2. R.K. Grow says:

    Funny that you mention eating peanut butter this morning Karey. At 9:3- I had a peanut butter granola bar with a little chocolate drizzle. Divine. Thanks again for writing such a wonderful book. I want to be brave like Abby and follow my dreams too.

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