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The Marquess of Cake

(The Redcakes #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  885 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Coffee…tea…or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection…

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream…Alys Redcake knows the way to a man’s heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel—and flash of ankle—she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father’s tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys’s first love is the family business. But though
ebook, 252 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Kensington
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Pam Pho
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm her agent so of course I think this book is amazing. Great Victorian writing and a great hero-heroine pairing. ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Talk about an adorable title and blurb- a handsome aristocrat with a sweet tooth! I just couldn't wait to read this one. And I was not disappointed at the hijinks, romantic entanglements and focus on scrumptious food. The foodie and the romantic in me can't decide who is more satisfied at the moment. I am so in need of some delish baked goods after reading this one.

The handsome Marquess of Hatbrook has a weakness and it is while pandering to his need for sweets that he comes across the fiery Aly
Mar 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
am i the only person who though every single man in this book was a jackass? Father? Total douche. "Hero?" Oh you were raped...let me just sneak in your bedroom and start touching you inappropriately. Then tell you you should marry me because can't do better. Then constantly belittle you. It made me physically ill how little care he showed towards the heroine and i despite giving him all the chances to redeem himself just couldn't do it. Started off interesting but it hardcore crash ...more
Vania Nunes
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vania by: NetGaley
A hypoglycemic marquess and a baker of cakes. A complicated mix.
When the Marquess of Hartbrook went to Redcake's Tea Shop, he never imagined that in addition to delicious cakes and trifles, his interest would fall on one of the beautiful attendants - called cakies - who smelled wonderfully as orange.
Michael did not want to marry. He was well seated in his single life taking care of his mother, younger sister, Beth, and hoping that his brother and heir back from India, where he was during the war
3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Michael Shield, Marquess of Hatbrook, has a sweet tooth, which is why Redcake’s Tea Shop and Emporium is his favorite place in London. It doesn’t hurt that Michael’s also captivated by cakie Alys Redcake. Alys has no interest in anything other than decorating cakes and working at her family’s business, but that doesn’t stop Michael from pursuing her. The attraction is mutual and when Michael decides he n
Maggie Lynch
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate that this book was available at Net Galley and I was approved to review it in advance of release. First, let me say that if you read this and you are on a diet, you will likely stray. So be forewarned.

There are so many clever pieces in this mixture of family drama with light romance. The Marquess of Hatbrook has a sweet tooth that has caused him to frequent Redcake's Tea Shop and Emporium. Of course this leads to a mutual attraction and a delicious romance between the Marquess an
Suzanne Rogers
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the Victorian era, Alys, as a woman of 26, is considered over-the-hill. So I was rooting for her to find romance and prove to herself and her family she was worthy of happiness. At times I wanted to smack some of her family members for their boorish, self-centered, and entitled behavior. In addition, it was painful to watch a talented artist such as Alys have to defer to men so frequently. I enjoyed the journey, however, and took pleasure in the successes of an unconventional heroine. I will ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading stories from this era. You throw food into the mix and a great set of characters = a storyline that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more. I could not put this book down and stayed up until 4am reading it. Alys and her interesting family are a great match for Michael and his family. Their connection was so deep and powerful that I could feel it resonate within. I am glad to know there will be another book. Trifle or scone anyone?

Thank you NetGalley for providing this book to re
Eilis Flynn
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book had me wandering around looking for baked goods I had never heard of! Marquess of Cake by Heather Hiestand had me beguiled (I have a feeling that I got that word from the book) with this cute story about a woman who wants to work for a living, a handsome noble who has a sweet tooth, and a bakery filled with items most of which I had never heard of (but hope I can someday find in a bakery somewhere, because they do sound way too tasty). YUM!
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Marquess of Cake is a fun Victorian romance. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it, but certainly didn't expect to salivate over the desserts as well as the marquess. :) This book is full of quirky characters and we're sure to see more of them in future books. I hope so. What a fun read with a satisfying romantic ending. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this story, but the storyline jumped constantly and I have trouble placing the when and where. As for the historical timeline, the propriety seemed way off. When all is done the story help my interest.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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Read this review on Got Fiction? Book Blog

3.5 stars

This book looked cute when I saw it floating about twitter, so when I had the chance to review it, I was super excited! I love the premise of this book (btw it’s an Historical, don’t let the cover fool you!), and I think it’s the first book I’ve ever read where the hero’s sweet tooth is what drives the plot!

Hatbrook loves his sweets, and if he doesn’t eat
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. I wanted to read this the moment I saw it. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I thought the premise of this one sounded adorable. And it was. Pastries and romance and a dashing marquess — could there be a sweeter combination?

Alys Redcake is perfectly happy with her life. She’s quite happy to be past marriageable age and able to focus on her passion: her father’s growing bakery business. As the chief decorator and maker of special occasion cakes, Alys’s services are in demand among the Ton
Paola andFrancesca
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Alys is the daughter of an upstart baker who has been knighted and has pretensions of moving among the aristocracy, but all Alys wants is to grow their cake business. The Marquess is a diabetic (Type 1, I think? it's not clear) with a sweet tooth. Sticklers for historical accuracy will likely be put off, but I enjoyed the story and the chance to read about non-aristocratic characters. A lot of recent historical romances have their heroines express frustration with sexual double standards and wit ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a wonderful mix of romance, the family and one very talented cake baker. I started it and planned on reading until bedtime and stayed up almost all night finishing it. It is that good. The entire quasi courtship of Michael and Alys was an excellent adventure. I loved how they came together during unexpected occasions.
Their friendship led me to believe that they could grow to have more. But there was drama in their lives that caused trouble for the couple. The family was not ac
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hmm... something about this book just seems strange to me. Maybe Hatbrook's lack of sentiment? Sometimes his character seems to be devoid of any emotions whether manifested or at least hinted at by the author. Those budding romantic feelings he has for Alys just seem to disappear at times, very off-putting.

I do agree with some other reviewers in that the realism Hiestand injected into the story (concerning Alys' inability to remain in trade as a baker while her family is trying to rise in socie
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This started off so well. This was a four- star book at the beginning, and then it fell to pieces. The book I finished was not the book I started reading. The characters I was reading about by the end were not the characters I started reading about in the front quarter, and not in a character arc way. I was disappointed. I feel as if the author got to a certain point with meticulous planning and then rushed through the rest. There were also far too many instances of language that did not belong ...more
Mariel Hoss
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
While I like the development of an cast of characters in this book, there seemed to be an exhausting amount of it. I had to put it down and pick it up over the course of a couple of weeks to get through it. It seemed that the protagonists kept getting distracted by other events going on around them to make a go of it. I understand that's real life but this is a romance novel...

And when they did come together, it was kind of finally...and that's it?
I liked the concept and the setting, and most of the characters, but oh good heavens did Alys's father make me want to scream!! I can rationalize that he's probably acting very appropriate for the time period and his station, but I wanted to reach through the screen and slap him more than once - stop being such a pompous ass! I also wanted to shake a little backbone into Alys at times - she wavers between strong/independent and meek over the course of the book. I also wanted to slap her silly, ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
This didn't work for me at all. I don't know if I can pinpoint exactly what it is about this book that left me flat, though. Came out feeling like it was a lot of good ideas that would have worked well alone, but together they threw each other well out of whack.

I will say though that the whole cake-maker aspect of this book felt a bit odd. Granted, maybe this is how cake shops operated back then and I just didn't know it...but it felt at time as if the author transplanted the ideas and operation
Sweet! Quite a satisfying read for historical romance lovers.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Of course they get together for love, but neither knows that's what they're feeling. ...more
Clarissa Boggs
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good story , it felt a little rushed at the end but other than that a good read. It had me wanting cake and sweets so badly 🍰
Sep 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at about 14%. I can take less fat shaming language in a book literally about a bakery family.
Lana Birky
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice light reading - enjoyed.
Cynthia W
Apr 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't care for this one. I didn't like the hero. At. All. And that makes it difficult to enjoy the book. ...more

I was expecting Alys to start a vocation school for unwed mothers. Or at least a home for them .
Marie Horning
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book, interesting family and story line
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I will freely admit that I chose to profile this book completely based on its title. The Marquess of Cake?! With shelves flooded with book titles naming rogues, rakes, dukes and earls, this one had just that spark of something different that I wanted to see what was inside. I was happy to see that the mention of cake in the title was actually significant to the plot and not just some cute idea whipped up by the publisher, however like some cakes all the sweetness was in that frosting of a title. ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review and giveaway originally posted on Zemfirka Blogs... Enter to win one eBook copy of The Marquess of Cake (US) [Ends 11/18/2013]

Digital review copy provided by Foreword Literary in exchange for fair and honest review.

What can I say? Romance and sweets – I simply couldn’t resist the temptation. And so I found myself with a copy of The Marquess of Cake, an enjoyable and quick read that certainly played to my sweet tooth.

Alys Redcake is 26 and considered a spinster at her age, however u
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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many ...more

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