Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

SUMMARY 
Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home…
 
Laying low, Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles. That way, she can keep Bubbles and her sweater-wearing pug company and nurse her broken heart. But when Sophie gets a part-time job at the old-fashioned neighborhood bakery, she finds herself up to her elbows in dough and reluctantly giving a wedding cake customer advice on everything from gift bags to guest accommodations. Before she knows it, she’s an online wedding planner. It’s not mousse and macarons, but it pays the bills. But with the arrival of unexpected personal and professional twists, Sophie wonders if she’s really moving forward—or starting over from scratch...


MY REVIEW
This happens to be the first book I have ever read by Stacey Ballis and I am hooked.  The attention to detail was incredible, the character development was amazing and I loved the plot!  I have never read a true foodie piece of fiction and I can't say enough about it!  The description of the foods and recipes were to die for.
Pastry chef Sophie was planning the wedding of her dreams, she spared no expense from the flowers to the food.  Dexter was the man of her dreams and this wedding would be a true depiction of that.  Little did she know that as she was getting ready to walk down the isle (literally) her soon to be husband was no where to be found...And then they located him (I will not give away all the juicy details).
Fast forward to where Sophie ends up after all of this debacle takes place...

She moves in with her adorable Grandmother, Bubbles.  What a sweet woman!  And with the debt she amassed she needed a job ASAP!
One day she was picking up dinner items for Bubbles and she lands a job working at the friendly neighborhood bakery.  Yes, it was a step down from what Sophie is used to but she needs to make a dime to pay back her mountain of debt and she would prefer to stay out of the public eye at the moment.

This story has so many fun twists and turns - Sophie makes a great friend after taking an order for her wedding cake, she has awesome friends who will support her in any way, she takes on a part time job that becomes a fun passion, and maybe even meets a hot guy or two along the way.  From Chapter 1 to the end, Stacey does not disappoint.  I can't wait to read more by this amazing author!

WINE SELECTION
With this fun foodie read I would pair it with a great bottle of bubbly - what would a wedding (or not) be without it!

MY RATING
I was in love with the story, the characters and the plot from beginning to end.  I can't recommend this book enough to everyone and anyone that I know.  It is 5 wine glasses without a second thought!  Enjoy!