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Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the custo...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 2012 by Cedar Fort
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Chrissy
When I first picked up FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH by Karey White, I had no idea that it was considered an *LDS story*. Now, I generally do love Christian fiction, so I wasn't scared away by the fact that this is a novel with religious undertones, but since I know that some readers are selective when it comes to this sort of thing, it seems important to mention this fact right at the start of the review. I was a little unfamiliar with some of the LDS terminology (like when a character was reading "Ensig...more
Ruth Hill
I am so pleased to give this book a five-star rating. It is a romance, but it is oh so much more than that. The positives for this book go on and on. I wasn't sure when I began if this would get that coveted rating--there is some sappiness to the romance--but I can fully recommend this book with no reservations.

First of all, it takes place in Washington state. What a delight to read about Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island, Mt. Si, Bellevue, Ocean Shores, North Bend, and more. Oh, also, Victoria,...more
Karey White
Sep 18, 2012 Karey White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I love it. I hope you do too.
Rachael Anderson
This book charmed me completely. The characters, the creative plotting, and the beautiful message worked together to create a wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone. When it comes to the romance genre, people usually use the word "sweet" to describe a clean read, but in this case, that particular word works on several levels and I love it. Not only is For What It's Worth a "sweet" read, but it's also got sweet characters and enough dessert recipes to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. I...more
Rebecca
When Abby's Aunt Grace leaves her a building and the money to turn it into a bakery, she has to overcome her fears and make the effort to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a wedding cake bakery.

This won't be just any bakery, though: at Abby's bakery, customers are simply asked to pay what they think the cake is worth. Her unusual business model surprises people and nets her some serious publicity, too.

Abby thinks life is sweet, with her bakery becoming ever more successful and Dane, the han...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
I don't often give 5 stars to a book. This book was just THAT good!!! In fact, I'm going to return my library copy (just as soon as I copy down all the delicious-sounding recipes) and buy my own copy. I don't have much of a budget for buying books very often but sometimes I just have to buy the ones I really, really love.

I loved the characters and all the bakery stuff. I know nothing about decorating fancy cakes so it was really fun to read and just the right amount of description...not too muc...more
Inspired Kathy
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Cute & clean
Nicole
I really enjoyed this 2nd book by this author. It was very different from her first book as far as subject matter, but her writing is still beautiful. I fell completely into the book with the characters and settings and descriptions the author portrays. And I LOVED the addition of recipes!! So fun! I enjoy the culinary mystery genre, so this was fun to have recipes in a Christian romance book. I loved the concept of Abby's bakery and the lesson she had to learn. I read a few reviews that said it...more
Lexie
For What It's Worth is a comination of my two favorite things -- romance and dessert! It is a sweet and charming story about a twenty-something girl named Abby who inherits money from her rich aunt which she then invests in opening a bakery.

This book was literally a "sweet and delicious" read! At the beginning of every chapter were mouth watering recipes (mostly of desserts!) and of course the whole story was sprinkled (like my pun? :)with baked goodness. (I was craving cake through most of it!...more
Shanda
For What It’s Worth was an enjoyable read about Abby, who opened a wedding cake bakery with a generous inheritance from her Aunt Grace. I really liked Abby. In fact, I liked all of the characters, though it took a while for me to feel like I knew Dane very well. During the last half of the book is when I felt Dane developed into a great character and became one of my favorites.

One of the best parts of For What It’s Worth, at least for me, was watching Abby as she experienced the unexpected succe...more
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Fat people who love cake HEAR ME! For What It's Worth was AH-MAH-ZING!

Not only do you get a really sweet, wholesome beautiful romance you also get a built in recipe book! HELLO! That right there should have you rushing straight to amazon! The story begins with Abby Benson getting an inheritance from her aunt Grace to finally live her dream and open her own wedding cake shop. Abby is completely scared and nervous about it but decides to put her fears aside. She contacts a contractor and gets the...more
Pragya
Dec 20, 2012 Pragya rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves baking, sweet romance or a feel-good book!
3.5 stars

Did you know I love bakery books since I love baking and dream of opening a bakery shop myself someday? So this one was right up my sleeve.

And it was more than just about baking. A very quick and lively read, this one had the right dose of everything – a bit of drama, a large dose of romance and a pinch of complications.

The plot is simple yet unique, the characters to be loved and the pace just perfect. The book has so many sweet little moments that make you smile.

And my favorite – each...more
Andrea
3.5 stars.

For What It's Worth is a sweet LDS romance and a quick, clean read. It was fairly realistic, and I found myself being able to relate to Abby several times. I went through many emotions while reading, and I really liked the message about evaluating what things are really worth, and getting our priorities in line.

At one point early on in the book Abby gets a phone call from a guy she'd been on a date with. He asks her if she can remember the name of their waitress because he wants to ask...more
Cindy
This was a charming book with an interesting main character. I felt that the plot was a little thin at places, but I don't think the average reader would have a problem with it.
I found the references to the LDS faith to be a bit odd, as I have zero previous experience with the LDS faith. Sometimes it took me a while to figure out what the author was referencing.
But I did want to eat some cake while I was reading!
Brooke Berry
For What It's Worth was a really interesting story. I love the concept of opening a bakery on your own, and having it be more successful than you ever thought. I think the idea of the pricing was AMAZING and I could see it happening in real life. I also love that she was strong, independent and successful.

I loved this book, and would recommend it again.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love the humor in this book! It was fun to read. Of course there were a few moments of anguish that weren't as fun. But, that is a romance book for you. It portrays the many emotions of falling in love.

This book is clean and a great romance read.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Okay I'm removing my review because this book is clearly not marketed to a reader like myself. The author was very nice about my scathing review and I realize I don't want to warn off people looking for a strictly LDS book.
Aimee
First off, I sure would love to have a rich aunt leave me an obnoxious amount of money to make all my dreams come true! Sweet set up, that! Alas, I have no rich aunt with mounds of money. I'll have to settle for reading all about that kind of thing in sweet romance books such as For What It's Worth.

Abby is a smart girl. A good business head on her shoulders. I like her gutsy approach to business selling wedding cakes. I have a great appreciation for anyone who has the patience to bake and decora...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
When I first started reading, this seemed like it was going to be a nice chick lit romance with all the ingredients - Young girl gets dream inheritance, meets nice handsome eligible young man, business takes off, romance blooms, happily ever after. And for awhile it followed that recipe to a tee.

Abby gets a wonderful inheritance from her Aunt Grace, enabling her to open her own bakery - A Piece of Cake - that makes only wedding cakes. In order to do this though, she hires a contracter from the...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
For What It's Worth is a cute story and was a breath of fresh air for me to read. I sometimes have my head in books of the same genre for months on end and this book was different and it looked cute so I said I want to give it a go and I am glad I did. I am sort of a sap for quirky love stories and this is definitely one.

Abby Benson is 24 years old and she knows what she wants. She wants to own her own wedding cake shop and when her aunt dies giving her that chance she is excited. She hires the...more
Cathy
Abby's Aunt Grace has just died. She and her siblings are shocked when they go to the reading of the well and discover that she's taken all of their personalities into account and left them all a home, one that will fit them to a tee. Abby's sister Kate and her family are given the house that she lived in up until her death, including swing set. Her brother Evan is given a ranch including barn and horses. And Abby, Abby is given a house that will work to transform into a bakery, where Abby can b...more
Janellef
Abby Benson is given the chance of a lifetime when her Aunt Grace dies and leaves her property with the advice that Abby turn it into a bakery and fulfill her dream of creating wedding cakes. With encouragement, and a bit of guilt mixed in, from her family, Abby takes the leap that can change her life. But with no business experience, what will she charge her customers? What if she lets every customer decide individually how much Abby's work and creations are worth? Will it bring her success or...more
Kathryn
Amazing fun read that really makes you think about the "worth" of things are. I was on edge to the end hoping that the two main character were going to end up together and create the happy endings that like, but i was kept guessing.

In Abby's case, she opened a wedding cake store after her aunt left her a house and money to start her dream job. However, when she was ready to open business, she had a hard time putting a price on what a wedding cake was "worth" in terms of money. She left the pri...more
Sheila
I have been reading a lot of sweet romances this year that I have really liked. For What It's Worth falls into this same category. The biggest compliment I can give this book, is that I stayed up past 2:30 in the morning reading it because I could not put it down. It seemed to be touch and go for the relationship between Abby and Dane throughout most of the book. Another unusual thing about this book, is that I equally liked both the main characters. In many romance books it's a pretty predicta...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It made me happy. It was a quick read that I read every free chance I had.

For What It's Worth is a sweet, romantic, clean chick lit read. The premise was unique for me. I would love to see a business run as Abby ran hers. It was really fun to see how she developed her business and how it took off beyond her own expectations.

Abby, the baker and owner of "A Piece of Cake," is insecure but determined. She took a giant leap of faith to start this b...more
Andrea thebusybibliophile
Abby has just lost her beloved aunt, who was very generous in her will. Aunt Grace left Abby a large sum of money and suggested she start start a bakery with it. She even mentioned a location that would be perfect. After some pondering (she could use the money to buy herself a nice little house and relax), she decides to follow her heart. She and her hottie contracter hit it off until the bakery starts making it big. Suddenly it looks like like Dane and Abby may have different goals in life.

All...more
Tammy
For What It's Worth is such a wonderful and charming story. When the book opens, we meet Abby Benson. Abby's Aunt Grace has just passed and left Abby a wonderful inheritance. A building and enough money to make her dreams come true. Abby has always wanted to own her own bakery specializing in wedding cakes. After much thought, Abby quits her day job.

She hires the handsome Dane to do the renovations on her bakery. She finds herself becoming more attracted to him as they spend more time together....more
Chelsey
This book deserves every bit of the five pink cupcakes that it has received! I saw the cover of this book and immediately knew that the story behind it would be unmistakably charming; I was right! This story follows Abby Benson, whose Aunt Grace has just passed away and in her will has left Abby with enough money to achieve her biggest dream; own a wedding cake shop. When faced with one of the grandest decisions of her life Abby is hesitant and speechless, but with the persuasion and help of her...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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I’m not going to say I love this book, but I will say I really really enjoyed it. When I initially requested this book for review I missed the part about it being a romance novel with religious undertones. I say the book has religious undertones because you don’t get to the religious elements until you are about 90% into the book.

Karey White is a relatively new author. For What It’s Worth is only her second book. In...more
Rebekah
Abby is given some money from her Aunt to live out her dream-- to open up a bakery. Cakes, cakes and more cakes. Her dream is coming true and in the process she meets someone. How will that all fit and how will her idea of letting customers come up with their own price work out? Does it flop? Does she fall in love?

From the first words on the page Karey White had me hooked. I thought the layout of having a recipe to start out each chapter was really cool. I kept wanting to take a break to see if...more
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