Renee Swindle is the author of Shake Down the Stars and Please, Please, Please. She lives in Oakland, California.
To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch....
Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become rather stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchenand her comfort zoneand Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.
Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, andmost important of alllooking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey can’t help but think of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.
Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.
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Praise for Shake Down the Stars
“A rich, savvy exploration of the many kinds of love, loss, and dysfunction that can unearth us or save us, bedevil us or deliver us...as complex and hilarious as it is surprising and lovely.”—ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
“Swindle’s writing is funny, sharp, heartbreaking, and quirky, and her non–stock characters wonderfully memorable....Enjoy the ride.”—Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author of Cane River and Red River
“A true gem. Beautifully written, it’s full of emotional impact…” —RT Bookclub, Top Pick
“I love, love, love Renee Swindle’s Shake Down the Stars!...One of my favorite reads of the past couple of years.” –Nichelle D. Tramble, author of The Dying Ground and The Last King
“You are about to get a big treat…funny, bitter as coffee, sweet as sugar, and as moving as an earthquake. Enjoy!”—Farai Chideya, author of Kiss the Sky
“Swindle is a great writer and storyteller. Her characters are smart and witty and will stay with readers long after the novel ends.” —Jaqueline E. Luckett, author of Searching for Tina Turner and Passing Love
“Lyrical, poignant prose that promises to resonate with readers…” –Deborah Santana, author of Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart