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Not so Sweet

Cake Book Cover Cake
Mrs. Nicole Brooks
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Erid Press Inc.
(7 April 2019)

Would you give to someone who desperately needed it, that which you could live without?Keely is the epitome of a self-made woman, her ability to make the right choices her superpower. She doesn’t believe in looking back and has the drive, ambition, and financial means to create the exact life she wants to live—regardless of what her kids and her husband, Andrew, want or need. Michelle lives in stark contrast to Keely’s life. She believes she was doomed from the start with a heartbreaking, poverty-stricken childhood. A string of bad choices in adulthood only intensifies her lack of faith in herself. With her daughter safely away at college, she is left alone with her abusive husband, Ray. As the days drag on, she struggles to find a reason to continue. Until she meets Andrew. The two women’s worlds eventually collide, courtesy of their daughters, and both are forced to contemplate a time-worn question: is the comfort of a familiar self-constructed prison safer than the risk of trying to live a life of true freedom and potentially failing? Cake asks how much the world has really changed for women—and for which women—by evaluating the progress of modern feminism. This novel examines privilege, the haves and have-nots, the ideals we choose to embrace, and the facts we forcefully decide to not see. This story entices the reader to contemplate whether our material and emotional conditions arise from childhood environments, personal choice, systemic inequality, or a combination of them all.

I found the first half of the book rather slow but the second half improved as things began to come together in the storyline.

Keely is clearly a rather nasty self-obsessed character, but other than Michelle, for me, the rest of the cast of characters were too slight. I felt that Andrew was not complex enough for his role in the story.

I also got bored at the 80% mark and kipped to the last chapter as I wanted to end the book.

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