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The Great Brownie Taste-off (The Yolanda's Yummery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Yolanda could have been an interesting person if she had shown some emotion or a little backbone. She has a knack for baking and dreams of opening a bakery of her own. It will be called Yolanda's Yummery because everything she bakes is yummy. The Brownie Taste Off gains her some notoriety and temporarily helps the cat shelter. There is more going on than meets the eye with Whisker, Yolanda's newest cat that she adopted from the shelter. This storyline could develop into something bringing in an element of fantasy to the tale.
Yolanda's brownie recipe is included at the end of the story, however there is one secret ingredient that is withheld. It seems to be a "magical" something that was left by her grandmother in the back of the spice cabinet.
Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant proofing errors.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** December 4, 2014
Yolanda Cater works at the Crown Street Cat Shelter but wants to own a bakery one day. She loves to bake and make other people happy. When her friend tells Yolanda she has a job for her that pays $900 a night Yolanda has to check it out. Of course it is in a strip club but the owner doesn't think Yolanda can cut it as a stripper … either does she. He offers her a job as a secretary but when she sees the first letter is about closing the cat shelter Yolanda turns it down. Instead she challenges the man to a brownie bake-off. If he wins his other company, a pre-made frozen brownie giant, can have the building. If she wins, the cat shelter stays.
There is so much to this story than that. The subplot is really interesting and fun. I won’t go into it all as I don’t want to spoil the story for you, the reader. Just know what you see isn't all there is.
There was just one small complaint I had as a reader, not one that ruined the book but did make it hard reading in some places. The author uses a lot of description, especially when it comes to clothing. Every time a character reenters the story we get to hear about how they are dressed. It did take a bit from the story and had me skipping some parts of it.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from the author.
The parts of the story that were most distracting for me were the repetitive actions of the main character, for instance the cat care, the feeding and treats, it became quite redundant and didn't enhance the story line. Also the names of all the products, businesses and streets, the first two representing endorsements; it almost gives the story an advertisement feel. I know we live in a material world but in a story it becomes trite.
This review is only my honest opinion of this work and I sincerely hope that those reading it will not be influenced by it, we all have different tastes and I am only one in a world of readers who may very well love this read.
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The characters lacked depth and were just unimaginative. The dialogue was boring and the descriptions of the main character's actions were wordy.Read more