Cakes, Pies, & Half-Baked Lies

A Characters & Candles Box

Most of us see this time of year as the perfect excuse to bake a whole bunch of goodies, or at the very least, indulge in a whole bunch of goodies. This book took me back to my childhood, with memories of baking cookies with my grandma, and watching my mom bake cakes for birthdays and special celebrations.

And, though I am often hard-pressed to admit it, I’m a sucker for a lost-and-found-again romance. Especially when both characters are so perfect for each other, but the world around them is doing everything it can to keep them apart. 

This book made me laugh and gave me all the warm and fuzzy feel-good feelings I’d expect in a book that puts baking desserts and going home part of the plot.

  • So many delicious sounding baked goods made me dig out my own recipe book!
  • Sassy main character who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and wants to set things right.
  • A favorite aunt who shares all the wisdom Ella needs exactly when she needs it
  • Miscommunications that lead to funny, heart-felt moments we can all relate to.
  • Alice Hoffman, Heather Webber, Rachel Linden, and Sarah Addison Allen
  • Rom-com/small town romance 
  • Baked goods and adorable cows!


What's Inside This Box?

The Book

Ella Dove is an acclaimed baker whose desserts spark vivid, cherished memories in those who taste them. A restless soul, Ella goes wherever the wind takes her—but driven by a haunting dream, she’s coming home to Dove Pond. Years ago, her mentor, Angela Stewart Harrington, falsely accused Ella of stealing her beloved family recipe book, known as the Book of Cakes. Now, Ella believes it’s time for them to reconcile.

Angela has her own share of amends to make. Her daughter Jules has never forgiven her for divorcing her father, and they’ve been estranged ever since. But just as Angela begins to hope that she and Jules might mend their tattered relationship, a miscommunication turns into a lie that could destroy everything.

Meanwhile, Jules’s son Gray is shocked that Ella, his first love and his first heartbreak, has returned to Dove Pond. But even though he knows Ella is a wanderer and will soon leave, he’s unable to stop himself from falling for her once again. Can Gray find a way to convince Ella to give him, and their town, a serious chance? Or is he once again on the road to a broken heart?

Genre: Magical Realism/Romance

Published: August 2023

The Story-Inspired Goodies

Cinnamon Bun Candle

When Ella’s got a lot on her mind, she bakes. And when it’s early in the morning, she bakes cinnamon rolls. And really, is there anything better?

Highland Cow Notecard Set

Gray is playing it cool, but deep down he wants Ella to stay. And he’s not against using his adorable miniature Highland cows to convince her that home is where she belongs.

Dessert Magnet Set

The love of baking that’s helped Ella find her place in the world came from her Aunt Jo. And Aunt Jo’s specialty was dessert. How anyone could pick just one, we’re not sure, but this set has all kinds so you don’t have to choose.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle

No good southern cook is worth her weight if she doesn’t know her way around a pecan. And they sure do go well with chocolate.

Espresso Chip Cookie Brittle

Someone tried to bribe the bake off judge with an espresso machine. She doesn’t take the bait, but a good espresso goes perfectly with a piece of cake, don’t you think?

The Good Cause

We will donate a portion of the profits of this box to For Goodness Cakes®, a nonprofit organization that gives underprivileged youth the chance to have a birthday by matching volunteers to bake special cakes just for them.

For Goodness Cakes® does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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