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Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

de Alexis Hall

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"Rosaline Palmer is just barely holding her life together. Her paycheck might as well be parchment paper, her house is falling apart, and help from her parents is always served with a generous slice of disappointment and judgment. And the cherry on top? Now her daughter's school is charging all sorts of outlandish extra fees for trips that Rosaline can't afford. But where there's a whisk there's a way. . . and Rosaline has just landed a place on the nation's favorite baking show. Winning the prize money could change everything, but more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory. Charming and suave Alain Pope is just the type of person her parents planned for her to marry, and better yet, her fellow contestant is doing his best to sweep her off her feet. Yet while he says and bakes all the right things, it's friendly, down-to-earth electrician Harry Dobson who Rosaline finds as tempting as a midnight ice-cream sundae with salted caramel . . . and just as hard to resist. But as the competition -- and the ovens -- heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious recipes come about when you don't follow the recipe"--… (més)
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LGBTQ rom-com starring the contestants in a Great British Bake Off type show. Enjoyed the plot and the characters and am pleased to discover that I like this author just as much as I did when reading Boyfriend Material. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
For lovers of Great British Bake-Off this is delightful. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
*4.25 stars*

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  DramPan | Sep 6, 2023 |
Enjoyable, with characters to loathe and to root for. ( )
  cathy.lemann | Mar 21, 2023 |
I spent a day and a half absolutely devouring the audiobook of ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall. He’s one of my new favorite authors that I discovered last year - he wrote two of my favorite books of the year, and that was a large pool to be competing in. Still, I haven’t loved *every* book I’ve read by him, so I was really happy that this one was one that absolutely grabbed me.

It’s a romance set amongst the contestants of Bake Expectations, a reality show that is clearly meant to be The Great British Bake Off, right down to the host that swears on camera to keep footage of contestants crying from being usable (something that Mel & Sue reportedly used to do), and the judge whose opinion can be swayed by sufficiently boozy bakes.

There are so many good things about this book. There is baking (with a few recipes included!). There is a ton of funny banter. There is coming to terms with what you want out of life and relationships. There are class issues and parental expectations, all navigated very deftly. There is bisexual representation, handled similarly thoughtfully. There is some very creative swearing. There is a kid (Rosaline’s a single mom) who is amusingly precocious without tipping over into obnoxiously so. There are book club discussion questions that the author was forced to include that are actively hilarious in and of themselves. There is a bad guy who gets his just desserts (ha! sorry.) There is the assorted cast of (mostly) loveable side characters, just like you would expect on GBBO. There is a very sweet romance with an appealing love interest that builds naturally (no insta-love), and includes just a bit of on-screen spice. There is emotional heft to the story without sacrificing the humor.

In short, I enjoyed the heck out of it, and I think most folks who like GBBO probably would too.

CW: There is one scene with an attempted assault and a lot of gaslighting. It’s not especially graphic / violent, and it doesn’t go very far before she extricates herself, but it was uncomfortable to read. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Mar 16, 2023 |
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"Rosaline Palmer is just barely holding her life together. Her paycheck might as well be parchment paper, her house is falling apart, and help from her parents is always served with a generous slice of disappointment and judgment. And the cherry on top? Now her daughter's school is charging all sorts of outlandish extra fees for trips that Rosaline can't afford. But where there's a whisk there's a way. . . and Rosaline has just landed a place on the nation's favorite baking show. Winning the prize money could change everything, but more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory. Charming and suave Alain Pope is just the type of person her parents planned for her to marry, and better yet, her fellow contestant is doing his best to sweep her off her feet. Yet while he says and bakes all the right things, it's friendly, down-to-earth electrician Harry Dobson who Rosaline finds as tempting as a midnight ice-cream sundae with salted caramel . . . and just as hard to resist. But as the competition -- and the ovens -- heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious recipes come about when you don't follow the recipe"--

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