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Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
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Jul 25, 12

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Read from July 23 to 25, 2012

Readers of the Julie and Romeo series will enjoy this more serious novel of family life. In a stress-reduction class, Ruth is told to imagine the most peaceful she can, either some place she’s been or would like to visit. She imagines cake. Cake has always been soothing to Ruth, and indeed, it may be her salvation. Ruth’s cakes are second to none, and she bakes because she must just as an artist must paint. Through a strange and unpredictable chain of events, she finds herself in a seemingly unbearable situation. Her mother now lives with her and her husband and daughter. Her father, divorced from her mother when Ruth was two, has two badly broken wrists and, in need of nursing care, moves in, too. Then her husband is fired from his hospital management job and wants a new career building boats. With money running out, tempers flaring, and mindsets diametrically opposed, could the solution to all their problems be cake? Jeanne Ray has given us a sweet tale of family courage and survival, and an enormous longing for cake.

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