I have been waiting for this book ever since Pete and Sadie first met. So excited to finally see the conclusion of their sweet, with plenty of added spice, love story. What else would I expect from our impetuous sleuth? And don't you just love this cover?
After years of mysteries, murder, and mayhem, the big day has arrived, and Sadie wants nothing more than for her wedding to Pete to be completely uneventful. When she receives a threatening, anonymous text message just days before the ceremony, she's determined not to let it interfere with the celebration she has carefully planned for months. But as the threat escalates from a distant fear to a frightening reality, Sadie realizes just how much she's underestimated the situation. Desperate to put an end to the games, lies, and manipulation that has shadowed her life, Sadie, her fiance, Pete, and her children pull out all the stops. What they don't know, however, is just how far Sadie's nemesis is willing to go to make good on the thread she made to Sadie three years ago.
Will the wedding go off without a hitch, or will "'til death do us part" come far too soon? There's no turning back for anyone in the riveting conclusion to this twelve-volume culinary mystery series.
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Author Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.
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My Review:Five out of five stars
I am going to start out by seconding the author’s warning at the beginning of this book. If you haven’t read the others, don’t read this one! You will be very lost on some very key elements of the plot.
Moving on the fun part. This was an explosive ending for Kilpack’s series! Sadie Hoffmiller’s exciting life of crime fighting has led to some pretty crazy twists and near escapes, but this one had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was no dead body washed up on a shore and no bizarre murder. Instead, Sadie is happily involved in trying to put together the last minute details of her long anticipated wedding to the handsome retired detective, Pete Cunnigham. Until an old acquaintance sends a threatening text.
Over the series, I’ve really come to care about Sadie. She has grown so much from the well-meaning, but nosy snoop from Lemon Tart. Through some personal and family heartaches, she became a deeper and a stronger person. Now, with the return of the foe that once threatened her mental and physical health, she has to find the person she’s become. It has been great going through this journey with her, and I must admit the end left me a bit sad. An amazing conclusion, but saying goodbye to a character you’ve enjoyed so much is always bittersweet.
In Wedding Cake, the whole cast we’ve gotten to know over the series returns to celebrate, and support, Sadie. We get caught up on some of the storylines from other books, which was great. The storyline here, though not centered on a murder, was as super scary case of stalking. I found myself gritting my teeth, and totally hurting for Sadie as her dream wedding is unraveled bit by bit. And, I have to say, the “murdered” wedding cake gave me cold chills. Sooo creepy! That and so many other scenes had me wanting to double check my own security settings on everything. The ending made it all worth the wait to see Pete and Sadie finally tie the knot. Beautiful, and true to form, full of surprises.
If you’ve read the other Sadie Hoffmiller mysteries, you won’t want to miss this conclusion.