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Totally missed the target.,
This review is from: The Look of Love (Piper Donovan/Wedding Cake Mysteries) (Hardcover)
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The idea that Piper, after decorating a single wedding cake for a friend, is asked to make a cake for a very high profile wedding is, on the whole, ridiculous. Particularly when the venue is in Los Angeles.
The idea that a virtual amateur could produce a spectacular wedding cake in a day, that for an innate professional, takes days, if not weeks, is simply beyond the bounds of reality. Of course, she isn't even baking the cake itself, that is being done in a convent, by cloistered nuns.
The topper is that we are asked to believe that she is invited to stay in a first class room at the luxurious spa that is managed by the bride-to-be, daughter of the owners, use all the amenities, treated as a friend and confidant by the family and still get paid, and that is not at all believable. People like those described do not make friends with those they consider "the help" no matter how talented. In one sentence the family is described as being "exclusive" and in the next are behaving totally the opposite.
I guessed the identity of the perpetrator early on. For me it was simply figuring out who could possibly have been in those places at those times and not have been noticed.
The protagonist also behaves more like a juvenile than an adult woman. In some of the situations in which she finds herself, she spends so much time dithering that she doesn't take herself out of the situation as rapidly as a normally astute person would do. I was annoyed at her deliberately putting herself in danger for no apparent reason.
The sub-plot, as such, of her being an actress, seemed rather phony to me. Many of the characters were one dimensional and uninteresting and behaved unnaturally.
All in all, I managed to wade through this book but it was a chore and I kept thinking that if the character had behaved with a bit more gumption, it would have been more interesting and much, much shorter.