Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Icing on the Cupcake is a novel for anyone who has experienced the shame and embarrassment of having her words – words that were best kept private – come back to haunt her, or even destroy her.

Ansley Waller is a Southern debutante type ready to wed the love of her life. However, after she blabs out her true feelings, and he understands the sourness in her heart, he calls it quits, leaving her to pick up the pieces alone.

Not to be outdone, Ansley is determined to make the best of the situation, and decides to go and live with her grandmother Vivian. Vivian has some secrets that she will share, and others that are best kept hidden from Ansley forever. The two women must come to some middle ground as they realize how alike they really are, and how the memories of their lost loved ones still have a profound effect on their lives.

[amazonify]034549296X[/amazonify]Jennifer Ross has an eye for detail, making the story in The Icing on the Cupcake interesting and real. The reader will bond with Ansley, but maybe not right away. It will take some time to understand that what Ansley does to win her life back she does because she has no other choice. By the end of the novel, Ansley is finally ready to take the big girl look in the self reflecting pool, and know that she has arrived.

There are real recipes at the end of the chapters, and the names of the cupcakes are derived from Ansley’s feelings from within the chapter itself. The story is appropriate for women and young adults of all ages. It’s a great book to read anytime, and sure to inspire the baker in all of us.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

This book was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.