Twenty-four-year-old Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running, and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.
Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?
Praise for For What It's Worth
Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013
I just loved the book -- loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality
This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author
This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Excerpt from For What It's Worth
Dad reached over and patted my hand. “Abby,” he said, his voice earnest, “let me just remind you of a few things.” I nodded. “I remember a fourteen-year-old girl nearly jumping out of her skin with excitement when she got home from shopping with her mom because she’d found a five-dollar cake decorating kit. And I remember that same girl making a droopy cake with daisies that looked like white spiders.”
“Hey, be nice,” I said.
Dad continued. “I remember those dreadful cakes becoming beautiful.”
Mom jumped in. “And I remember a three-tier birthday cake that was prettier than any wedding cake I’d ever seen in my life. I was so proud of all those fondant roses, I wanted everyone I knew to see it.”
“All I know,” Dad said, “is that you have talent. Aunt Grace knew that. We all know it. If it doesn’t work out, you can find a hundred jobs like the one you have right now. But if you don’t try, you know you’ll regret it.” They all believed I could do it. Aunt Grace had staked a lot on that belief. Why was I so unsure? I stood up and hugged Dad.
“You know we’ll help you,” Mom said. I could practically see my simple life waving good-bye. I thought I might throw up.
“Of course we will,” Kate said. “You’ll be fine.” I wasn’t so sure about that. I think in order to be fine, you have to have oxygen, and right then I couldn’t breathe.
Author Karey White
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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