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There's Cake in My Future [Kindle Edition]

Kim Gruenenfelder
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After listening to her closest friends' latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone's happiness: a bridal shower "cake pull" in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny. Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm. The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can't seem to make their relationship more than platonic. And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track. Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake - as well as the future it represents. But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests' fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can't help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?

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    From Publishers Weekly

    Gruenenfelder's scriptwriting background comes through loud and clear in her third chick lit romance (after 2009's Misery Loves Cabernet). Nic is about to get married; Seema is stuck in platonic misery with an Orlando Bloom look-alike; and Mel can't get her divorce lawyer live-in to commit. At the bridal shower, Nic hatches a wonderful plan for each woman to pull a wish-granting charm out of the cake. The plan goes astray, of course, leaving them to fear their unintended fates and fail to cope with real life in maximally dramatic fashion. The temptation to echo Nic's nine-year-old stepdaughter is almost irresistible: "Suck it up, grow a pair, and let's go!" In a girls-just-wanna-have-fun way, however, this is a good read, hip and amusing without ever thinking too hard. (Jan.)
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    From Booklist

    It began with a silly bridal-shower game. Each guest pulls a charm that corresponds to a fortune out of a cake. Nic, the bride-to-be, pulls the pram, much to her chagrin. She loves her fiancé’s two young daughters but isn’t ready to be a fulltime mom to a needy newborn. Seema draws the shovel, symbolizing hard work ahead, but she really longs for romance with her best friend, Scott. Mel gets the chili pepper, promising her a hot fling, yet she’s ready to settle down with her longtime boyfriend. The three women are quick to dismiss the charmed cake, until the other guests’ fortunes start to come true. The latest romantic comedy from the author of A Total Waste of Makeup (2005) is funny and clever. Despite its whimsical premise, the characters’ searches for fulfillment in life and love are quite believable. --Aleksandra Walker

    Product Details

    • File Size: 826 KB
    • Print Length: 369 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312614594
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 21, 2010)
    • Sold by: Macmillan
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0044781UQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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    The first chapter starts out with a scene that could be in any "Bridezilla" TV reality show. You know like the ones on TLC you say you won't watch and somehow get sucked into. But the premise of the book is that each woman in a group of over-30 friends, pulls the "wrong" cake charm and their fortunes start coming true, so I knew that the bride/wedding had to be a related scene in the story. I see Bridezilla on TV way too much already.

    Chapter 2, and then the fun begins. We get to learn each woman's situation--Nic,Seema and Mel--and how she sees her friends' lives, too. It's true to life. After all, don't we ladies think we know what's really going on in other people's lives (and what they should do)? Of course, we do! And that attitude is what messes up the plan of pre-picked cake charms and fortunes for the ladies.

    I prefer not be redundant by writing the storyline in my reviews, so I'll leave that to other reviewers. When I got to the part when the ladies pull out the cake charms, the results made me laugh out loud. It's also shows that Gruenenfelder comes from a screenwriter's background, with twists and turns and surprise scenes that we've come to expect in a movie or modern TV show or situation comedy.

    The author wrote chapters from each characters POV in the first person "I." The reader's POV switches from seeing someone through another friend's eye, to hearing what she's thinking and interpreting about her life and her friend's lives in another chapter.

    It's a fascinating perspective as a reader to get in and out of all the characters' head as the story unfolds. I commend Kim Gruenenfelder on her talent and ability to make this work so perfectly in this book.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it December 31, 2010
    By Phoenix
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Funny, laughed out loud, touching, witty - I loved this book. Have never read this author before but immediately downloaded her other books on my kindle. I rarely read fiction but was sick in bed and wanted some entertainment. Boy did I pick good! Kim - thanks! I am starting another of your books now.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! July 11, 2013
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    I love the writing of Kim. This was as entertaining and heartfelt as her other books..."Total Waste of Makeup", etc. Anyone dealing with wedding blahs will perk them up. This reminds us all that we all have crazy families, amazing friends, and situations in life that you didn't sign up for but somehow end up in them. It's life with a lot of humor. Enjoy
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A novel that really takes the "cake" December 28, 2010
    What better way to end a year than to read a book about what could happen in the future. And Kim Gruenenfelder's latest novel really takes the "cake." All attempts at wittiness aside, I really had fun reading this novel.

    "There's Cake in My Future" is about how Nicole, who is about to get married, rigs the charms in her cake at her bridal shower so that her friends pick the ones that will be significant for their future happiness. However, a mistake is made with the positioning of the cake and everyone gets charms that weren't intended for them. This especially puts things in a tailspin for Nic and her two best friends, Mel and Seema, when the symbolism in the charms proves to be true for their other friends. Soon they are navigating through uncertainties in their love lives and it leads to unexpected results.

    This is my first experience reading one of Ms. Gruenenfelder's novels, and now that I have, I want to read her others. I really liked the distinct personalities she gave to each of her main characters. She kept me on my toes, wondering what was going to happen for them and hoping things would work out for the best. They were each sympathetic and easy to relate to in their own ways. The dialogue was smart, humorous and realistic. The supporting characters were easy to visualize and they added even more substance to the story. She even tossed in pop culture references, which I will never complain about. The whole story had the feel of "Friends" combined with "Sex and the City."

    Although the ending felt a little vague, I really liked everything about this story and could easily see her doing more with all three of the main characters in a future novel, should she choose to write one. Shall we say "There are more novels in Ms. Gruenenfelder's future?" In the meantime, I have been recommending this novel to my friends and want to recommend it to anyone in the mood for some good chick lit and entertainment.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Sigh and Snooze! February 6, 2014
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    This book was extremely disappointing and poorly written. Each character, male and female alike, were written in the same voice. None of the characters were believable, or likeable, and spent the entire book complaining. I enjoy light, chick-friendly books and some fluffy romance books very much, but this was rather ...vapid. Nicole's storyline had the most realistic aspects to it, and the most potential. The others were ridiculous at some points. The original concept (cake pulls, potential for hilarity and disaster to ensue) was an interesting idea but failed miserably in this book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars charming cakes June 30, 2011
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    This book is comical! I was laughing out loud at some parts because of how the characters would totally blow things out of proportions. Which in some cases, is most women!! It gave me a sense of relief to know I wasn't the only person who does this (on occassion). I would totally make my guy read this book as it gives some insight into the female mind and how some women overreact to the smallest of things (not me of course). The cake charms and how Nicole was trying to give everyone what they wanted was an example of how you cannot change the fate of yourself or others, no matter how hard you try.
    The relationship between Seema and Scott I think would have developed faster had she just been as honest about her feelings with him, as she had with his initial art exhibit. I hated Fred. I wanted to drop-kick him after I scratched his eyes out! but that's with all men who think they can pull a "fast one" over on us.
    I haven't read the other two books by this author, but after reading this one, I definitely will.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
    I liked this book, easy read and the characters seemed relatable-Just stories of 3 women that are in relationships, nothing too hard to follow-
    Published 21 days ago by WindyCityGatorGirl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Just a great read! Love her writing style and characters!
    Published 26 days ago by Nicole
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
    Could not put it down. Another fantastic book from Kim! Can not wait to start the next one! Thank you for this series!
    Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Romeo
    5.0 out of 5 stars chick flick at its best!
    I'm a huge fan of Kim Gruenenfelder. Her stories are so relatable and fun read! It's light-hearted, funny, and affectionate. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by elementhg
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Fun and easy read
    Published 7 months ago by Ashley
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    A great read... perfect for the beach or vacation reading..
    Published 8 months ago by Tina
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun chick lit
    Loved the series
    Published 8 months ago by vanessa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read! Love her books, can't wait for the next one to come out!!
    Published 8 months ago by Suzanne Fine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
    I've been wanting to read this book for a while and I'm so glad I did. You fall in love with the characters and they annoy you a little just like best friends do because you want... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Nicole
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Cute beach read..... Abrupt ending.
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    KIM GRUENENFELDER grew up in and around Los Angeles and began her career in TV at the age of 19. She has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job.

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