I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I bought it last year and added it to my growing TBR list. It’s taken a while to get to the top of that list, and I do have mixed feelings about it.
There’s no doubt that this is a feel-good book. Cherry is a baker who can see other people’s bad feelings. And she uses her special talents as a baker to make them cakes with an added ingredient to cure their emotions. Empathy Eclairs or Confidence Cookies etc etc.
She moves to Plymouth as she’s done all the healing she can do in her current town, and there she finds Chase. Chase is only the second person she’s ever met who can do what she does. But whereas she can see the bad things, Chase can only see the good. Which sounds better, right? But Chase has become bitter from always seeing the good while it doesn’t happen to himself. And what could be worse than seeing someone’s joy manifesting itself while they’re giving you a beating in the school playground?
Unfortunately, Chase and Cherry get into a bit of a battle (which, granted, doesn’t last very long), and they draw themselves to the attention of ‘The Guild’ who are supposedly people who keep a watch on ‘the feelers’ to make sure they don’t interfere too much.
But The Guild isn’t quite what it seems, and when Chase ends up getting ‘arrested’ by them, it’s up to Cherry and her childhood friend Peter to save him.
This part, for me, is where the book loses a star on the review. I felt like this could have so much drama and could have been a great place to reveal secret details about their abilities. But unfortunately, the details about Cherry and Chase have already been given to you flat out without any mystery, and the breakout to me felt very rushed and a definite anti-climax.
I had enjoyed the book so much up til that point, getting to the end in less than a day, but the ending just let it down slightly for me and took the shine off it.
Still a great book, and I’ll definitely be looking out for Carrie’s other books as I think she’s great. If you don’t know who she is – check out her music – she’s got pipes!