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The Marquess of Cake (Redcakes Series #1)

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Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel--and flash of ankle--she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first love is the family business. But thoughts of the ...
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Overview

Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel--and flash of ankle--she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman's touch are driving her to distraction. . .

With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook's passion for sweets--and for Alys--be his heart's undoing?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601831293
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Series: Redcakes Series , #1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    I must apologize. I looked at the cover and title and thought th

    I must apologize. I looked at the cover and title and thought this would be a humorous book. The farther I read the more I knew if wasn't. I liked the characters. Michael, the Marquess, trying to improve his family's worth. Alys, who made cakes in trade. Alys' s sister, Rose, with asthma. Even Alys' s father who became rich and changed her life. It was a a bit confusing how the different lives all melded together. There were inferences to problems such as asthma, diabetes and even gall bladder surgery. This story occurred when women were starting to assert themselves. I liked this book. The plot was workable and I learned several new facts. The diabetes was a personal issue as my husband has diabetes. Please read this book.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    A diabetic hero, Michael Shield - Marquess of Hatbrook, falls in

    A diabetic hero, Michael Shield - Marquess of Hatbrook, falls in love with cake baker extraordinaire, Alys Redcake. Well, he falls in love with her cake, first. Michael loves going to the new tea shop in town, Redcakes. There, he meets Alys who he mistakes for one of the "cakies" who are employed at the shop. Alys is in fact a wealthy heiress who just happens to like baking. Her father was recently knighted, which raises the family's standing in society and he demands she stop working in the shop. The two start meeting on a more social level and the romance commences. I liked the premise in this story of a hero with a health issue he doesn't understand and refuses to acknowledge, when along comes the heroine to the rescue. A very enjoyable tale.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    told from the male and female characters...this book was well wr

    told from the male and female characters...this book was well written, lively, and colorful...very good read, excellent story, just enough description to paint the picture clearly without taking away from the ongoing saga of the redcakes and their adjustment to a different form of living....with different requirements...the chemistry between alys and michael could be felt through the pages...i felt satisfied at the end of this book

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    very enjoyable historical romance! read it in a day. sad that t

    very enjoyable historical romance! read it in a day. sad that the below reviews give a lot away.
    I would recommend to all young adults +... loved the main characters & hope some of the minor ones find true happiness in later books...Great Job Heather

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    No need to get the book since all plot spoilers have ruined it by telling the entire plot line. Please bn, do something with these people. They ruin a book for people who would like to read a book and not not know what happens before it happens.

    4 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Very slow

    The romance didnt start till the end of the book the sisters are annoyingly self centered and it seems everything is alys' fault the father is a ass

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Eh.

    It was typical, but a pleasant read until near the end. I don't like the "well, it's time to end the story, everybody is happy now" endings. If there would have been another 50-100 pages where the angst was resolved through the characters instead of the sudden mood swing to marital bliss it would have been a solid 4

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

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    I'm really enjoyed this book. I love when I find new author like

    I'm really enjoyed this book. I love when I find new author like Heather Hiestand. The book was a little slow but she use the pages to introduce the quirky, hilarious and crazy Redcake family. This first book was about Alys and how she was raised to work and work and then she fell in love with making cakes, decorate them and making special cakes for weddings or other functions. She was raised in a factory owned by her father. And then at 26 her dad is made a Knight for making sweets the Queen loved. He father wanted her out of the Redcake's Tea Emporium and into ball growns and society. Michael is the Marques and he eats sweets to stop his hands from shaking and he loves Rescake's. He meets Alys as a cakie (Rescake's waitresses) and wants her. She smells like cake and sugar and makes him happy. He finds out who she is and they click. He has to change to accept her as her and she has to just love herself so she can let him love her. I give this book 3 fingers up and 7 toes.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    I was fortunate that this book was available at Net Galley and I

    I was fortunate that this book was available at Net Galley and I was approved to review it in advance of release. First, let me say that if you read this and you are on a diet, you will likely stray. So be forewarned.

    There are so many clever pieces in this mixture of family drama with light romance. The Marquess of Hatbrook has a sweet tooth that has caused him to frequent Redcake's Tea Shop and Emporium. Of course this leads to a mutual attraction and a delicious romance between the Marquess and the Emporium's owner, Alys. The romance is even more delicious than the cakes (or maybe that is simply because I don't have a sweet tooth but love a good romance).

    The author does a great job presenting the Victorian era and it's dictates around marriage, owning or running businesses, class, and society. She also inserts plenty of tension with difficulties between various family members--some of them not very nice. The other thing I like in her characterizations is that she does not make Michael, The Marquess, out to be perfect. He makes mistakes and some decisions are not ones I liked to see. However, that made him so much more real and the relationship between Michael and Alys even sweeter.

    One of the more interesting character attributes, and thus possible tension, is that the Marquess is hypoglycemic. This means that Michael is unconsciously dealing with his low blood sugar levels by eating sweets. I admit, I'm not a physician so I don't really understand the difference between a diagnosis of hypoglycemia vs diabetes. In both cases, the blood sugar needs to be regulated or normalized. The way that Alys identifies Michael's problem and addresses it really adds to the romance and bodes well for a forever after relationship.

    Overall, I enjoyed The Marquess of Cake. It was a nice combination of romance, drama, and entertainment. I believe the Redcake series will be fun to follow

    Rating: 4.5.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

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    This was a wonderful book. It was a about a woman named Alys Re


    This was a wonderful book. It was a about a woman named Alys Redcake and a Marquess Hatbrook. It tells the ups and downs of Alys the cakie and the Marquess. It is a must read for lovers of historical romances.





    Alys was raised to work in her fathers factories and later his bakery. Decorating cakes is what she loves to do. She meets the Marquess Michael Shields when she waits on him in her fathers bakery. Her father is knighted by the Queen and then Alys and Michael find themselves meeting in social situations. They pair always seem to be coming to each others rescue. Alys’s father kicks her out of the bakery determined that she should become a lady of leisure. Does Alys have what it takes to make it as a lady and does the Marquess have what it takes to see Alys as something other then common. Read it and find out!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Yawn

    Geez how long was asleep? Very boring and just bad.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    It is lacking

    I knew the story would be cheesy, the title assures the reader of that. I didn't realize it was also a thin story line with awkward language (not what I would expect from the time period), and there was a surprising amount of sex and sex before marriage. Not my kind of story.

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  • Posted October 13, 2014

    SoSo

    I have been trying to read for a couple of weeks. Does not hold my interest and the next thing I know I am awaking from a sound sleep. Normally I enjoy historical novels. a 2-1/2 star

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  • Posted October 13, 2014

    Fun Read

    This book was a fun read and I like the the Alys knew what she wanted and went after it despite her family thinking her "old" and "not worthy" as her sisters. Like that she had a said in if she worked or not. I enjoy this book even though some parts were frustrating in how women were treated but that was the time and its the reason I like that she had some control and was supported in her choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Very good

    Good book

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    cute story

    I liked how the main characters were open and honest with one another. I felt the heroine, an out spoken woman, left her husband without trying to resolve the issues they were having. Their open communication diminished once they got married. For free it was a decent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Great story!

    Great story!

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    Enjoyable period light reading.

    Reading about this time in British History and literature is a delight. Today, society structure is so different, the "old" days become obscure. The style makes for easy reading and sequential movement of the plot. All in all, most enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Good

    Decent for a free book. Didn't grab me enough to want to pay to find out about others in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Light reading

    This book is very entertaining even though it is a little "far-fetched." The characters were very believable although the idea of a woman in those days having her own business is not quite so believable. I want a man as generous and giving as this man is. He is not at all threatened by her wants and needs.

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