Mar 21, 2015

Petit Four - Four Stories Frosted with Love


Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.

When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.

From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love.


Tanya has received a review copy of this book.

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Review by Tanya:
Thank you Kim for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. I really enjoyed the four short stories that are contained within the book and all centred on the theme of cakes and love. The stories are short enough that you can enjoy reading them whilst settling down with a cup of tea and the much needed cake that should accompany them. Let me tell you that if you don’t partake in the cake eating whilst reading these stories you will crave some outstanding cakes. If you are on a diet like me (constant diet) then you will be dreaming of them. 
I make it sound like the cakes are the most important part but they aren’t really, they do play a role in each story though. There are four stories in the book by Cindy Arora, Lucie Simone, Sue Watson and Joel Zlotnik. The stories take place in different countries, under different circumstances and each is just as good as the last. 
Aprez Vous by Lucie Simone takes place in the romantic city of Paris under the dazzling and spectacular Eiffel tower. It centres around Tara taking her niece, Marissa, on a vacation to Paris before starting university life. During the visit she tells her niece of her love affair with Paris and the musician she met whilst she was there at the same age. The setting is spectacular and it has made me want to visit Paris as an adult and appreciate the romantic element and to eat macaroons in the site of the tower. The story holds all the romance any young 18 year old girl would aspire to have.
Cake Therapy by Cindy Arora has a great start which continues throughout the story.  I have never heard of cake therapy but wow it sounds good. Olivia enjoys her reporting job but will miss her best friend and substitute partner Tamsin when she moves with her new husband. Not only will she not be around in work but will not be there for cake therapy session in the outstanding Dixie Bakery. Her substitute reporter is a male and that is not a great start as she has not been keen on men since the breakup of her marriage. She is a single mum to her daughter, Pia, although she still has a good  relationship with her ex-husband Kristopher and they always meet once a month for a family meal.  However she has now decided it is time to find a life and to start dating again!
The Heart-shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam by Sue Watson is set in a small Victorian style tea room where Milly dreams, writes and constantly thinks about cakes and different cake recipes. She lives alone after the breakup of her marriage and works as a waitress in the tea rooms. However she aspires for more and wants to be a baker and own her own tea rooms one day where people will be enthralled by her cake combinations and return frequently for the great service. The tea rooms she is working in are due to be taken over and she is not sure if she will continue with her current t role. The romance can be seen by all the readers and you really want it to happen. This is the book I found the hardest to resist cake with by the way as the descriptions are mouth-watering.
The fourth and final story in the book is Her Charms by Joel Zlotnik. This story starts with the Mayor of Ola Vista  Scott being given a cupcake with a four leaf charm on it by a newcomer and neighbour to the city called Nicole. This is the start of a relationship between the two characters and their first date takes place on St Patrick’s Day. Through the story you learn a lot about each character and how they find falling in love hard as things hold them back. I have to admit this was the least favourite of the four stories but still enjoyable. 


  1. This sounds like such a cute read. Great review.

    1. thank you. I always get nervous about my reviews.

  2. Soap and water :) I have no wrinkles I'm 49


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