The Cheesecake Queen
by Miranda P. Koerner
Release Date: 11/21/13
Sugar Rule 1: Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake.
Sugar Rule 2: Men are as useful as burnt cookies.
After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as the Cheesecake Queen. The Cheesecake Queen not only bakes the best cheesecakes in the country, but her cheesecake is known to cure everything from infertility to baldness—one woman even loses 100 pounds on it! There is a thick batter of secrets behind The Cheesecake Queen and her two sisters, who operate all the bakeries in town.
But as the mayor’s efforts to shut down the Sugar sisters before Christmas gear up, Caeleah finds herself wanting to sample his own treats.
There’s a bigger secret than love to Cinnamon’s cheesecakes. And Caeleah is determined to find out what it is.
Much like an actual cheesecake, The Cheesecake Queen is a delicious guilty pleasure that readers will absolutely devour. The plot is incredibly cute, and absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Once I started reading, I could not stop, and quite enjoyed the ride.
The Cheesecake Queen is definitely different from other novels, with a very unique story line. Not too many fiction books are centered around baking, and even fewer of them also involve aspects of magic. Speaking of which, I particularly enjoyed that addition. Although not completely explained, that almost works out better, as what in life ever is?
The romance within the novel was sweeter than sugar and it's extremely hard to read it and not have at least a trace of a smile plastered on your face. Although the romance was pretty predictable, that's understandable, and it was so cute that I can completely forgive any cliches. The characters that became couples worked well together, and I really enjoyed the ways that they came together.
Caeleah as the narrator really added a lot to the reading experience. Her twist on a normal narrative into a bit of investigative journalism created some mystery within the story. Her thirst for truth was contagious and had me desperate to know more. I must admit, this was the subplot that had a major twist that I did not see coming.
Although reading did give me an extreme desire for cheesecake (still, sadly, unfulfilled), I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you find some free time during the holidays, I suggest you get a copy of The Cheesecake Queen and read it. The secret to Cinnamon's cheesecakes but have also been put into the writing of this novel, because Koerner baked up something absolutely irresistable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miranda Koerner is a writer living in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two Chihuahuas. A former children’s magazine editor and reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the Express-News, Miranda has written for The Current, Taste, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Her YA novel The Butterfly Dress was published by Girl E books and is available through Amazon.com and Smashwords. She is anticipating her next novel, Blue Mermaid, with Turquoise Morning Press in April 2013.