The Marvellous Cakery by Laura Gavin

CAKERY
The Marvellous Cakery by Laura Gavin
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (18 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Baker and fairy godmother-wannabe Ms Cake has a bad habit of lacing her customers’ cake with magic. Her assistant Lacey is the only one who knows about her secret ingredient, or the way she feels about Fred, the bookish cafe owner across the street. But the gossip-mongers of small town Spinningham are about to get a treat. Because when Ms Cake’s well-meaning meddling goes awry, the Marvellous Cakery and its owner start down a path of very sticky self-destruction.

Every job has its share of little mysteries, but Lacey’s workplace might have a few more than average.

Ms. Gavin has a smooth, conversational writing style that makes it hard to stop reading. This was my first introduction to her work, but it times it felt like hearing a dear old friend tell a story over a hot cup of tea instead of reading words from a page. I enjoyed my first taste of her creativity and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from her in the future!

This tale includes a larger cast of characters than I would normally expect to find in something this length. While I was soon able to sort out everyone’s identity, it was a little confusing to get to know so many different characters in a short period of time. The plot was well paced, but it would have been helpful for me to have either not met so many of Cake’s customers or to have been introduced to them a little later on instead.

I wasn’t expecting the fantasy elements to be quite as strong as they were, so it was pleasant to see how they interact with the romantic subplot. It was also fun to experience the plot twists alongside Lacey and her boss, especially since I didn’t see them coming ahead of time.

The Marvellous Cakery gave me an almost irresistible urge to run down the street and visit my favorite.

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