These are two adult beach books I recently read on my vacation to, not coincidentally, the beach. They were light and fluffy (like the frosting in Confessions of a Cake Addict), and they fit their purpose perfectly. I doubt either will go down in the annals of classic literature, but I enjoyed them. I particularly liked the form of Confessions of a Cake Addict which is what is known as an epistolary novel. That means it's written through letters, in this case letters and emails back and forth between two sisters, one living in London and one living in Sydney. What I didn't like about this novel was that the lovelorn sister took too long to get herself together and made too many annoyingly obvious stupid mistakes.
Always the Designer was a more fun storyline, but it still had a lot of, "seriously?" moments in it. In this story, Audrey Regan is a wedding dress designer, and I like to read stories that have to do with designing and sewing clothing. Her business isn't going so well, though, and she's looking for a big break. Will she find it out in Tanglewood or will she have to close up shop? And will she ever find her Prince Charming?
This novel has some overt Christian moments in it, and normally I don't have a problem with that, but in this case, they seemed forced and contrived and they did not work well. In this case, they weaken the story and should have either been re-worked or left out.