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 customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?
Praise for For What It's Worth
Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013
I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality
This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author
This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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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 bake and sell the spectacular wedding cakes of her dreams. But can she do it? Abby's not so sure it will work, but with lots of support from her family decides to give it a try. She starts by finding a contractor that can help her turn the charming home into a shop where brides can come to determine what kind of cake they will have for their big days and also a gourmet kitchen where Abby can bake and decorate said cakes. That turns out to be the easy part! There's lots of other hard things to do like come up with a name for the shop (A Piece of Cake) and set prices. The setting of prices ends up being what sets Abby's shop apart. She comes up with a spectacular idea in which people pay what they determine the cake is worth. This is such a novelty that soon Abby's shop is featured on the local news and eventually national news, bringing way more business than she would have ever dreamed possible for such a new shop. But will this success wreak havoc on her blossoming relationship with her contractor Dane Reynolds? This was such a fun book! I loved the characters in this book - they seemed like they could be real people that I know! The romance was sweet and clean. I also loved the plot. One of my very favorite things about this book was the way that every chapter had a recipe at the beginning that in some way had to do with the chapter. This is one of my very favorite romances from this year! I can't wait for more books from Karey White. I was lucky enough to be able to go to the launch party for this book! Here's a picture of me, Karey and my blogger friend Heather from that night. (I'm the one not looking at my own camera!) I love being able to go to events like these and meet amazing authors like Karey White, and the cake that she made to serve that night was pretty amazing too!
Karey's Top Ten Places to Take a Writer’s Retreat (in no particular order—I’d be happy to retreat at any of these) A cozy log cabin in Alaska during the winter. I could get a lot of writing done and I’d be able to show myself I could get through an Alaskan winter. Balestrand, Norway – Who wouldn’t be inspired looking out over the Norwegian fjords? Somewhere in the English countryside – It worked for Jane Austen A little house on the beach in Roatan, Honduras In a Scottish castle overlooking a hillside of heather At a bed and breakfast by the tulip fields of Denmark (I have ancestors from Denmark, so I’d have to choose that over Holland.) A balcony room on a cruise through the Mediterranean In a luxury treehouse in Kaikoura, New Zealand The Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise, Canada A nice hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland The main criteria is an indoor toilet and shower. It’s not likely I’ll write in most of these places, but it’s nice to dream. Thanks for this fun top ten list.