The Marquess of Cake

The Marquess of Cake

by Heather Hiestand

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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 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: 9781601831118
Publisher: eKensington
Publication date: 07/04/2013
Series: The Redcakes , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 591,809
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then her primary focus has been romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return to historical fiction as well as other subgenres. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

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The Marquess of Cake 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
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.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
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.
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
ChissyC More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reader of her works, will read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Michael and Alys story. It was an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They don't realize they love each other until the end. Good book. Can't wait to read the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters and setting enough to buy more in set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from other romances in a good way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Shield, Marquess of Hatfield always needed sweets for his jitters and tingles and Alys Redcake is the baking queen and Wedding Cake expert cake decorator that has the tingles for Michael. His frequenting her family's Bakery and Tea Shop leads to an unusual friendship between the two especially since Michael has diabetes but this was not known or treated as such in Victorian England at that time. In fact her youngest sister has asthma so this book treats both diseases on how they did things or not in those days medically but show how practicality in those times basically remains the same as now with our advanced knowledge. I only mention this because it is prevalent to the story in figuring out the best solutions then to treat their problems and how his love of sweets and her cake skills brought them together. I can honestly say if you like a steamy or heated novel then you will love the sex bath scene making you want to trade places with our heroes. But read this for yourself and I will bet you give it a 5 rating too. As a series I cannot wait to get into the other members of the families adventures next and to see how this author tackles each problem in Victorian mindset and their practicality in dealing with each as they come up such as our Marquess and his sweet tooth. Reviewed by Elaine Breault 4/21/2016
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It's a very sweet romance, I definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story but could use a little less filler and more actual events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a interesting read. I loved it
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I loved this book. It's the first in a series about the family Redcakes in England in the late 1890s. Interesting and unique plots for each book. You must read them all to appreciate this author's writings. Wealthy family of Redcakes own bakery and tea room. This first book starts with the eldest daughter who ices cakes at the bakery. A marquess meets her, marries her and eventually he buys the bakery. Then he finds he's allergic to sweets! But there is so much more to this story: romance, patronizing old-fashioned father, family scandals and a secret for the marquess' brother which is not revealed until the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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