Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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?
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
Excerpt of For What It's Worth
“What are you charging for the cakes?” Evan asked.
I sighed heavily. “I don’t know. I’ve got to come up with prices by Tuesday or I won’t get everything back from the printer in time.”
“Have you looked at what other bakeries charge?” asked Kate.
“Yes, and the prices are all over the place.”
“I’d say it depends,” Evan said. “Do you want to make your cakes for average people or do you want to cater to a high-end market?”
“That’s just it. I don’t even know. Can I even hope to get the high-end business? I’m just starting out.”
“Lower prices might bring in more business,” said Sam.
“Well, for what it’s worth,” Mom said, “I think you could charge whatever you want! Your cakes are fantastic.” Spoken like a true mom.
“But what do you think people will actually pay? I know my cakes are good, but don’t I have to pay my dues first?”
“Well, a product is worth whatever people are willing to pay,” said Dad. “The problem is you don’t know what that is yet.”
At that moment an idea leaped into my mind. It wasn’t a spark, and it didn’t evolve. It landed there as a fully formed idea. I didn’t even have a chance to think about how crazy I might sound before it spilled out of my mouth. “Well, if a product is worth what people are willing to pay, why not let the people decide how much they should pay?”
Everyone laughed. They thought I was joking. Only I wasn’t laughing.
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.
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