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?
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.
Interview with Author Karey White
What or who inspired you to start writing?
I had a couple of English classes in junior high and high school that sparked my interest. Mr. Higginson and Miss Reynolds were a big part of that.
How did you come up with the idea for the book?
I delivered a beautiful wedding cake to a bride with a candy-themed wedding. The table decorations were huge glass jars of brightly colored candy and the cake was white fondant with these colorful swirls. The other of the bride saw the cake and expressed her surprise that it was such a bargain. It made me wonder what she'd have paid if she'd determined the price. It just kind of evolved from there.
What would your dream wedding cake look like?
Either something very elegant, like white-on-white and lacy, or something very playful and interesting, like a hand-painted cake.
What has been the hardest part of writing and publishing your book?
Finding the time to write is a challenge and I have to guard writing time carefully. After the book is written, the hardest thing for me is some of the things involving marketing and promotion. I feel awkward and conspicuous at book signings. Hopefully it doesn't show too much.
What did you like to read as a girl?
As a little girl, I loved Nancy Drew and The Boxcar Children. As a teenager, I enjoyed romances.
Who is your favourite author and why?
This is such a hard question because I read so much and enjoy such a variety. But if I had to base my decision on what author I've read the most, it would be a tossup between Bess Streeter Aldrich and Lee Child. Those two couldn't be more different from each other, but I've read everything either of them have written.
What is your favourite tv / radio programme?
I don't listen to a lot of radio. If I'm with my kids, they hook up their iPod and we listen to music. If I'm alone, I like to use that time to think and plot and brainstorm. As far as television goes, I enjoy Shark Tank, The Amazing Race and Top Chef. I really liked The Closer and was sad it ended, although it went out in the best possible way.
What is your favourite time of the year?
My favorite time of year is from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. Good food. Lots of family time. Celebrating gratitude, the birth of our Savior and fresh starts. It doesn't get any better than that.
Do you have a particular favourite Christmas themed book?
I adore the children's book The Tale of the Three Trees. I cry when I read it.
Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I love to cook, read, sew, travel and spend time with my family.
Have you already started writing your next book?
I'm working on a new romance about a girl who is obsessed with the Matthew Macfadyen Mr. Darcy. It's been so much fun to write and I'm really excited about it.
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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