Posted in 4 paws, fiction, Review, romance on May 23, 2014

heartbreak cafe


Title: Heartbreak Cake
Author: Cindy Arora
Publisher: Simon & Fig (November 13, 2013)


Business is sweet for pastry chef Indira Aguilar. Her indie bakery, Cake Pan, is fast becoming the talk of the wedding circuit for its unique take on cakes and homespun creations for the modern bride, garnering national recognition and drawing in celebrity clients. But while her professional life is blossoming, her personal life is crumbling. Indira may have a talent for blending buttercream into bliss, but when it comes to relationships, she’s got a lot to learn. Considering that the love of her life, Josh Oliver, is not only married, but also runs the award-winning pastry department of her fiercest competition, Crystal Cove Resort, Indira puts much more at stake than just her heart when she ends her affair with him. Rumors begin to fly as the small seaside community of Long Beach learns of her secret relationship, and Indira must defend not only her actions, but her wedding business and her reputation while trying to maneuver the choppy heartbreak waters of starting over, finding new love, and facing her past. With the support of friends, family, a fondness for butter, and a determined spirit, Indira may just bake her way back to happiness and possibly into the heart of Crystal Cove’s dishy new chef, Noah. But one thing is certain. Where there’s heartbreak, there must be cake.


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This book reminded me a little of the scene in When Harry Met Sally and Carrie Fisher’s character realizes that the married man she is seeing will never leave his wife.  Indira is in a similar situation and is blinded by what she thinks is love, and it might be love on her side but if he really loved her he would extract himself from his marriage and continue a relationship with her.  It doesn’t help that he works for a competitor and his wife is trying to ruin Indira’s business by spreading malicious rumors (while somewhat based in fact, not totally) and Indira has to reevaluate her life and what is important.

I did get hungry reading this book while they discussed all of the yummy desserts they were making!

The characters did deal with real life situations but at times Indira was annoying when dealing with Josh (the married man) and may lose out on a guy that is perfect for her by not confronting Josh and moving on with her life.

We give this book 4 paws up!


About the Author

Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley TribuneThe Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in SaveurTasting TableOrange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also a mother, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. Heartbreak Cake is her debut novel.

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