My thoughts on The Fruitcake Challenge by Carrie Fancett Pagels:
This book should come with a warning:
- You will be drawn in by the plot and characters.
- You will not want to put it down until you've read every last word!
- You will laugh and possibly shed a tear.
- You will have an unexplainable desire to bake and/or taste every kind of fruitcake known to man.
- You will find yourself talking about this book to those around you. (Don't worry. That's a good thing.)
This story delighted me from the start. Cover, blurb, characters, plot, from my first glimpse right on to the very end. One of these reasons is because the heroine is a redhead. I've always wanted to be a redhead. No, seriously. When I was little, I prayed God would give me beautiful red hair or at least dark brunette like my "Teresa" Barbie doll. I got brunette. Later I found out I was redheaded as a newborn. Drat. Something got lost in translation.
Aaaanyways... Where was I? *awkward face*
Then we have the heroine's over-protective, brawny brothers, which show us just what kind of character our hero is--what he will stand for, what he won't take sitting down. Plus, the rest of the cast each has his/her own unique place in my memory. And the interactions between the hero and heroine? The romance is sweet, warm, sigh-worthy and wholesome. And you've gotta love the premise...
From the back cover:
When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on!
Hey, look! It's a poll! ;) I made this poll just for fun:
1 lb. vanilla wafers - crushed
1 can coconut
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 cup raisins
1 lb. chopped pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Blend all ingredients well with hands. Pack into loaf pan. Refrigerate before slicing. Store in fridge.
Carrie has generously offered to give away an e-copy of The Fruitcake Challenge! Winner announced in a post this Saturday 12/20/14. Also, it's only $2.99 for Kindle right now! If you can't wait to see if you won it, buy it here. ;)
To enter, comment and share your first memories of fruitcake. Good? Bad? So-so? Loved it? Never tried it?