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This review is from: Take the Cake (Kindle Edition)
Take the Cake is a sweet story; definitely a delicious confection of romance, friendship, dreams, goals and looking for that indefinable something. And while I enjoyed it, I never felt the need to stay glued to the pages. It was an easy book to put aside and pick up again a while later; not something that usually happens when I'm reading. BUT, and it is a `but', the story and characters stuck with me and I always found myself wondering just where they were and what they were doing.
The building of the relationship between Michael and Kate was a very gradual progression. Yes there was attraction, especially on Michael's part; at least he wasn't afraid to admit it even to himself. Kate, on the other hand, was pretty much doing all she could to remain oblivious. Unfortunately for Kate, but wonderfully for us, that didn't work too well; especially with Wren's behind-the-scenes machinations to get them together.
Sandra Wright did a great job helping us to connect with her characters, and I liked both Kate and Michael, although my heart was Michael's. *grin* Then there were the secondary characters, especially Wren. Oh what a ball of fire she was! And she not only knew it but played up to it shamelessly--I adored her! And I was chuckling away to myself as she, in turn, found herself pretty much in the same position that she had maneuvered Kate into. Ah those gorgeous and charming customers at Take the Cake; turnabout is, after all, only fair.
While this is mostly Kate and Michael's romance there is a lot of falling in love happening and, at the end, everything was brought together beautifully.
I guess part of the reason I was reading the book for so long is that I kept waiting for the big climax, the rip-roaring AHA moment. But this isn't that kind of story and, once I figured that out, I was quite happy to coast along and watch people fall in love, go through their day-to-day, meet challenges and overcome roadblocks...and just enjoy spending time with them.
Take the Cake is a long story--over 400 pages--and it did take some getting through; there wasn't any fast and furious action to carry me away. But, at least halfway through, I began to enjoy the somewhat sedate pace. Sandra Wright has proven to me that sometimes a slow and gentle journey can be very enjoyable.