- File Size: 2683 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EXK4TS2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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Eloisa is a perfectionist when it comes to cake making. She inherited her skills from her grandmother, Lola Carmen, whose bakery catered to the highest society parties in Manila. Among Lola Carmen's claim to fame is making the delectable cake for debutante Betsy Verdadero on her 18th birthday. A beautiful cake for a beautiful woman.
Betsy happens to be the mother of heartthrob Sean Alvarez who meets Eloisa at her bakery. It turns out Eloisa is making the cake for her best friend Hazel who is also Sean's cousin, and Sean is doing the videotape for Hazel's wedding. This includes interviews with Hazel's friend, a taping of the preliminary cake tasting party, as well as observation of the cake making process, including a supply run and explanations of all of the materials that go into the cake.
Sean and Eloisa are attracted to each other immediately, but they barely have a moment of privacy, surrounded by friends, family, employees, and more family and friends. Each family member has his or her opinion and speculation runs rampant before the two principals can even figure out if they like each other enough to date.
The story is cute and sweet. Your mouth will water at the descriptions of the scrumptious desserts while you're hoping both Eloisa and Sean can get over past hurts and open their hearts to love. The story ends happily without much melodrama, and the real payoff is the warm feeling you get and happiness of being surrounded by friends and family who approve of your choices.
The best part of this story is experiencing what it's like to live as a single woman in a large and caring family in the Philippines where everyone has an opinion and doesn't hesitate to inquire and advise.
I should start out by saying that I know the author, and we're friends. That being said, I did my best to forget that I knew her as I read the book, and I found myself enjoying it, even discounting the friendship factor. It took me a while to warm up to Eloisa as a character, but by the midpoint, I found myself rooting for her--and I appreciated that her growth as a person open to reclaiming her independence and being willing to fall in love again is part of what makes the progression of the book (and the way we learn more about her history) work. As for her love interest, I liked that Sebastian's own history didn't turn him into the typical tortured hero.
This is and independently published book, and while there were some things I think a good editor could help refine and improve upon, these weren't major enough to get in the way of my enjoyment of it. The story itself is a sweet one (and not just because of the protagonist's profession!), but I'll admit that the character who most intrigued me was Eloisa's brother, Paul--whose story I'm hoping Stella will tell in the future!