I’m Coo-coo for Coconut Cake!

OK, seriously. What’s not to love about a book with a freaking coconut cake on the cover!? You know it’s going to be delicious before you even open it up. It’s that gorgeous cake in the window of the bakery just beckoning you to take it home. It’s daring you not to indulge.

Amy’s THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE lives up to that cover. It’s just sweet enough to bring a smile to your face without overloading you so that you can finish it. From the first nibble, you know you won’t be able to stop, just like I can’t stop with the cake metaphors! The metaphors are getting a bit ridiculous and yet they are oh so right at the same time.

So in honor of Amy, our meme-loving, Arrow-watching Deb, I have a collection of memes here that illustrate what I loved most about CCC.

Ya gotta love a woman who knows her cutlery. Our heroine is no delicate flower. She’s a kick-ass chef with the scars to prove it. I love a book that doesn’t shy away from how hard some jobs are. Being a chef is incredibly hard work, and there’s no doubt of that in CCC, everything from the frenzy of the kitchen to the scars on Lou’s hands. It’s a tough world out there, but she’s carrying the knives and she knows how to use them!

The love interest won me over. OK, I have to admit that at first I wasn’t blown away by Al. He’s just not my type. And maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but critics aren’t at the top of my list. So for me to be on his side was a tall order, and it didn’t take me long to move over to Team Al.

Chemistry. Oh the chemistry. Earlier this week, I gave a talk at the Central Coast branch of the California Writer’s Club about how to spice up your scenes. One of the things I talked is how important longing is in creating good chemistry between characters. And there’s tons of it in CCC. Maybe it’s all the delicious food that whets the appetite as well, but this book is has it all going on in the romance department.

Ha! Just kidding! Amy totally does right by Milwaukee! Reading CCC, I not only now know how to spell Milwaukee correctly, but now I want to go there. Before CCC, my only connection to this city was Happy Days, but now I’m totally signed up for a culinary tour of this grand city. I hope Amy has a guest room.

And this one doesn’t have anything to do with my post about THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. It’s just a present for Amy.

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Shelly is the author of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, story of love and books in Silicon Valley. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big dogs, and a disapproving cat.

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  1. Oh my goodness, Shelly your review just made me more impatient to get this wonderful book and start reading…I love your videos! And now I am really hungry for coconut cake and its only 6:47 a.m. Now just where are those free food tours? …lol :)!

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