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Dress Rehearsal
by Jennifer O’Connell

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0451213998

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Dress Rehearsal
Jennifer O’Connell
NAL, Jan 2005, $12.95, 256 pp.
ISBN: 0451213998

Boston magazine declares that Lauren Gallagher, owner of Lauren’s Luscious Licks, is the new face of wedding cakes. Lauren’s bakery is a success especially helping brides and grooms select their big event cake. She also believes she knows which coupling will end in divorce based on how and what they select.

When her fool-proof method shows that her friend is making a mistake marrying Steve, Lauren launches Operation Save Paige. When her former boyfriend Neil arrives with his fiancée Julie she is stunned because he picked Lauren’s perfect wedding cake. She wonders if she made a mistake not traipsing to DC with Neil. However, she is even more confused because she is also attracted to a lawyer.

This is a sweet tale with a delightful gimmick that does not contain enough flour for a feature length novel. Though predominantly a one layered cake, the story line is fun to follow as Lauren’s antics will bewilder and amuse readers as they wonder will she let the cake test choose her life mate and if yes how will she get Julie out of the picture. Of course she also mounts a military campaign to rescue Paige; while her pastry chef walks out filling the rest of Lauren’s time in the kitchen. DRESS REHEARSAL is fine chick lit tale that is more cupcake than seven layer victory cake in spite of a likable loon of a chef.

Harriet Klausner


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