Sweet Nothings. Janis Thomas. Penguin Group (USA). July 2013. 384 pp. hbk. ISBN #: 9780425264829.
This is a fun story in spite of some of the quandaries that Ruby McMillan finds herself in, life-changing shockers that she is totally unprepared to handle. But Ruby is a feisty lady; so when her husband decides to leave for his “soul mate” from work, Ruby does her mourning with her two children. But she never wallows in the sadness, even though it’s most definitely there!
The next shocker is about the possibility of losing her home and her gourmet bakery due to lack of financial resources, again caused by her husband who has cut off all her money and won’t pay a dime to support her or her children. Creep for sure!
Ruby has good friends and is actually making a new friend in a mortgage broker, Jacob. This is greatly helped by the total makeover she gets first from her daughter which turns her from a frumpy Mom to a hot chick who catches many male looks for her great beauty which has so long been hidden. What’s really been hidden is the sense of self-worth beyond just knowing she’s a great baker! All it takes is a bit of encouragement, daring and allowing the naturally bright and beautiful woman to emerge! The journey is wonderful!
Now her life is about to travel down many unforeseen roads to become a “Cake Lady” teacher and perhaps even consider getting a TV show to teach and show her magnificent baking skills. Her husband? By the time he’s gotten over his mid-life crisis or whatever it is, where will Ruby and Walter be? Quite a surprise, actually!
Janis Thomas writes with a light style that is so pleasant to read and makes one flip the pages, with interest never once waning. There’s a reading guide in the back of the book with very thoughtful, provocative questions for book clubs or just one’s own private consideration.
Sweet Nothings is a light, delicious read which I am sure readers will relish!