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Black Cake
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother's death and her hidden past--a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake. In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett's death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking journey Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child, challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their family, and themselves. Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor's true history, and fulfill her final request to "share the black cake when the time is right?" Will their mother's revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever? Charmaine Wilkerson's debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.
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TrishB
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#booked2022 #includesarecipe
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a good story with the narrative of problems facing people leaving the Caribbean islands and going to the U.K./U.S
I don‘t have a picture of a black cake - but here‘s my daughter‘s 21st cake 😁 it‘s family party tonight and I sneak read the end of this book in the bath this afternoon before chaos descends.

sarahbarnes Happy Birthday to her! ❤️ 1w
julieclair What a great cake! 1w
Ruthiella That cake looks amazing! 😋 1w
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Kdgordon88 Beautiful cake! Happy birthday! 1w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday to ‘Charlotte Sometimes‘! 😉 1w
Cinfhen Fabulous cake!!! Sending love to the bday girl and her proud mamma & pop!!! Well done ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Megabooks That‘s a fantastic cake!! Happy birthday to her!! 🥳🥳🥳 1w
BarbaraBB What a cake! Sending love ❤️ 1w
MaureenMc 😍🥳 1w
CarolynM What a fabulous cake! Hope you‘re not all partied out today🥳🥳🥳 1w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday to your Charlotte X 1w
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 1w
Centique Amazing cake! Have a great party! 1w
TrishB @Centique thank you Paula 😘 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Stunning cake! Happy birthday Charlotte 🎉 1w
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie 😘 1w
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RenePenn
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Mehso-so

I finally finished this one today. I never felt vested nor bonded with the characters. I was curious how things were going to pan out but in parts it was really slow and felt like the author was just trying to put a bunch of scientific and research information in there without really rounding it out. It just didn‘t flow well to me. I‘d never heard of black cake before so that part was interesting. This one was just a miss for me.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Enjoyed this. It was a bit difficult to keep track of who was who but the story was engaging and the pacing good.
The afterward about the history of different races in the Caribbean and UK and how they were treated - mainly Asian Caribbean people was informative and important.

TheIntrovertedDodoBird Stacked! Thank you ❤️ Xx 2w
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I loved the start of this and then finished it with mixed feelings. I think it‘s probably me, not the book, as I‘ve been struggling a bit lately to take an interest in things. I‘m reading this as part of a book club with my family this summer, so I‘ll be curious what the other readers think!

Kayla.Adriena Sign ups are open for the next LMPBC round, do you feel up to it? @BennettBookworm @shellleigh33 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures I am reading this now and am in the same exact mood. I am struggling but the ideas of this are interesting and the writing good. 2w
LiteraryinLawrence @Kayla.Adriena I‘m in if y‘all want to! 2w
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Sparklemn I love your cat. My cat has the exact same face and coloring but the pattern of markings on his body is a little different. 😊 2w
Kayla.Adriena Okay Group K! 2w
shellleigh33 I‘m in!! And sorry on the book @Kayla.Adriena I will get it mailed out first this week. I have been behind 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ (edited) 2w
Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 no apology necessary! 2w
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Kgaudiuso
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Not at all what I expected, but that made reading it, even more enjoyable. It was easy to follow the characters through each of their chapters, and I loved what the Black Cake signified to their family. Traditions like that are not so commonly passed down as much anymore.

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staci.reads
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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What started as a rainy, dreary day turned sunny and beautiful in the afternoon, so I took advantage of my day off to do some patio-reading ☀️📚 This was a wonderful book that, while predictable at times, was still great storytelling and kept me hooked. This was my June #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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DLQBOOKNERD
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Really nice story.

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Cazxxx
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Let‘s see what all the hype is about 😃

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TrishB
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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#kindledailydeal. You‘re welcome 😁

Caroline2 I was just umming and ahhhing about this one! 😆 2mo
Cazxxx I just bought this too 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻 nice one. Getting it now. 2mo
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corireadslife
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Rating: 4 🌟
Book: 16 of 2022

What a beautiful debut! Wow, at first I wasn‘t sure about the dual timeline but then I started putting the puzzle pieces of the story together and it was amazing. Such great descriptions and character development. Highly recommend!

Alfoster Yep! Loved it too! 2mo
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RenePenn
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Seems like I rarely have time to pick up a book lately. so Audiobooks are my go-to right now. Started this one a couple days ago.

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JamieArc
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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In the midst of moving and packing up all my books, I saved 20 for May‘s #Bookspin list!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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MallenNC
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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A lot happens on this book — it‘s got estranged family, secrets, flashbacks, settings in several countries, new identities, everything. I really liked it because I think all the threads came together well.

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Smartypants
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Mehso-so

Meh. I really, really wanted to like this book. It had gotten good reviews but I just couldn‘t get into it. I did not abandon it because by the time I figured out I didn‘t really like it, I was 50% through. I kept waiting for it to get better.

RenePenn This was how I felt too. 2w
Smartypants @RenePenn I should have just stopped halfway through. Lol 2w
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Melismatic
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I wanted to love this but it just wasn‘t for me. It was repetitive, anti climactic, and would expand on details that had no baring on the plot but rush through important events that could be fleshed out & embellished upon. I vacillated btwn a So-So & Pan, but ultimately this was a chore to push through.

RenePenn Same. 2w
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Cathyloves2read
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
Mehso-so

I‘m on the edge with this book. Parts of it were very good, but other parts seemed to drag on. I expected more, having read the rave reviews. The author is definitely a good writer. I don‘t think it would have hurt the story if the book were a bit shorter. I did like reading about Jamaica, one of my favorite places.

TheBookHippie I thought it needed one more edit, I read the ARC, so you‘re not alone. 3mo
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StellaDz
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson

Reading slumps are brutal. I thought it was over but I‘m still only able to manage audiobooks and fluff reads… I‘m carrying this book everywhere I go… but haven‘t cracked it open. 😭 I‘ll get there. 🤞

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Hooked_on_books
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This is a wonderful story of family, secrets, and struggle, starting when Byron and Benny are brought back together after their mother‘s death to hear a recording she made before she died. We learn her story going back decades and across half the world. It‘s so good!

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StellaDz
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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately and have stuck mainly with audiobooks and graphic novels… but I woke up today and wanted to read everything! So I started a book in each form 🤣#currentlylistening #currentlyreading #ebook #audiobook #manga #hardcover

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LatrelWhite
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Fantastic read!!!☺️

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Alfoster
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This is a lovely debut novel about estranged siblings Benny and Byron who reconnect when their mother dies and listen to an audio recording of her life. There are secrets and lies that reveal her history and how it shaped their lives. Fast-paced and relevant, the book draws you in until the end. Can‘t wait to read more by this author!

Alfoster Also please follow @RobKaufmanAuthor as he‘s new to Litsy and writes fabulous books!🌟 3mo
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canbku
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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This was great! I loved the little bit of mystery and the family secrets revealed. A worthwhile read!

LKK526 You‘ve persuaded me 4mo
canbku @LKK526 haha, I'm glad! This review hardly does the book any justice. It was wonderful, and I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
LKK526 Respect 4mo
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Kboltz
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I loved this read. A mother hides her past from her son and daughter. Through the telling of her past in her will, all the people in her life are made aware of her secrets. Every character in this book tells a story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ swim forever!

EvieBee Would you categorize this as a mystery? 4mo
Kboltz @EvieBee No…not a true” who Dunnit” but a mystery that is in the mix of a story (edited) 4mo
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CindyRene
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Finished this late last night. I really enjoyed spending time with the characters through this book. A story of family secrets, a story of losing and finding.

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canbku
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New book! Hope I get it done before the library calls it back...

LKK526 I read excerpt on my kindle. On my tbr pile looks well worth it. Keep reading! 4mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With captivating characters and settings, this poignant tale examines how culture, family, chance, and untold stories work together to influence our heritage and identity. I felt nostalgic for a slice of Caribbean black cake even though I‘ve never had it! The audiobook narration was also beautifully done. 🎧

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Chelsea.Poole
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The story of one woman‘s life, from beginning to end, and those in her orbit. The complete picture is slowly revealed via video that Eleanor leaves behind for her two adult children after her death. The novel flashes between past and present, giving readers more and more of Eleanor‘s life but also learning about her children‘s lives. Secrets are revealed, many secrets. A great novel, with a lot going on, and I can so see this as a tv series.

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BookLineNSinker
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I have 3 books that I'm working on now. The next up is tagged above. I'm currently finishing A Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires. And something total different me, a genre I've enjoyed but haven't explored too much is Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. I love this cover- I turned up the contrast and realized unwittingly there's a face there!

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jlhammar
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#BOTM I mostly liked this. Good debut. Short chapters with alternating points of view kept me turning the pages. Always enjoy the reveal of a family secret. Was excited to read that it has been picked up by Oprah‘s Harpo films and is in development as a Hulu original series.

mrsthilkey Agreed! It was a solid 3 stars for me. I really enjoyed the short chapters, that was very well done. 4mo
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janeycanuck
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For @marleed and everyone else who is now looking for a black cake recipe… Sweet Reads featured Black Cake in the February box and included a recipe card, which is the author‘s mother‘s recipe!

marleed Oh cool! Thanks! 4mo
Laughterhp 12 eggs!! That seems like a lot of eggs for a cake. 4mo
janeycanuck @Laughterhp it does, doesn‘t it? 4mo
LKK526 I read a sample of this book on my Kindle. The book goes to the top of my TBR pile and I am going to use your recipe. Thanks! 4mo
janeycanuck @LKK526 let me know how it turns out! 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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A very engaging story of a family‘s complicated secrets that had me hooked from the beginning. Beautifully simple writing, and characters are all complex and believably human. It got really busy near the end, but ultimately I loved it.

I supplemented with audio for about 1/2 of the book and sort of wish I had done it all that way… really great narration/accents. This is an excellent debut, and I can‘t wait to read more from Wilkerson.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Megabooks
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My dad used to make jokes about the overuse of “Dawson” on Dawson‘s Creek. Ever since, I notice frequency of word use, and “black cake” was overused (imo) in Black Cake, and it kind of drove me nuts. I did not like BC as much as this book about family secrets ⬇️, which came out in January, but Eleanor‘s story of deception and protection of her family kept me the pages, especially with its short chapters. A solid #botm pick.

Jensol77 Team Dawson or Team Pacey? @Megabooks 4mo
Megabooks @Jensol77 💯 Pacey!! What about you? (edited) 4mo
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marleed Haha. The tagged is your example come to life for me. It‘s a great book and very well liked, but I just wanted to get through a few pages without chai being referenced. I happen to drink chai all day every day so I found it humorous that of all the references this one was driving me bonkers in a book! 4mo
Megabooks @marleed yes! There was so much chai in that book! Always funny what we notice. 😂 4mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Pacey 4 life! 4mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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melissajayne
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This is what I got in my #sweetreads box

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Hi members of #lmpbc Group K! @Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 @BennettBookworm I‘m am super excited for our round together! Here are 4 books I‘m considering for my pick. Any that you want to read? I totally have other options if we don‘t love these.

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BennettBookworm These look awesome! I think my top picks would be Black Cake and Good Company but I‘d be good with any of them :) 4mo
Kayla.Adriena I vote for Good Company! 4mo
shellleigh33 I vote for Good Company 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Looks like we‘ll be reading Good Company! @shellleigh33 @Kayla.Adriena @BennettBookworm 4mo
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kellyann28
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Helllooo #GroupE and thank you for also having a BOTM backlog to get through! 😂 So here are some of my choices, have you already read any of them, or would like to read one more than another? I tried to get a good genre mix. Let me know! I'll tag the books in the comments.
#LMPBC @Catsandbooks @sprainedbrain @JackOBotts

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JackOBotts Any of these are good for me! 🤗 4mo
sprainedbrain I‘ve read The Library of Legends (loved it) and actually just started Black Cake last night. Any of the others would be great, but if I had to pick, I‘d choose A History of Wild Places, just because I also have it on my shelf. 😂 4mo
Catsandbooks Happy and you know it is on my TBR. But I'd be OK with the library of legends or black cake too. 4mo
kellyann28 @catsandbooks Library and Black Cake will be out since Jenni has read them. I can put up some more of what I have if needed! 4mo
Catsandbooks @kellyann28 my pick is happy and you know it 4mo
kellyann28 @Catsandbooks @sprainedbrain @JackOBotts Happy & You Know It will be my pick for the month! ❤ 4mo
sprainedbrain 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Laughterhp I love that you guys are doing a BOTM backlog round! 4mo
JackOBotts Happy and you know it sounds great! 🤗 4mo
kellyann28 @Laughterhp I don't have to buy a new book and it fits in with my yearly goal to clear out some BOTM books. I'm so glad others liked the idea too! 4mo
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Christine
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I loved this! It just worked for me in every way. Loved the simplicity of the writing even as it was also elegantly interweaving a bunch of stories across generations. Though we spent a relatively small amount of time with many of the characters, I felt like I learned a lot about most of them. Loved how many social issues were addressed because many social issues very much affected these characters' lives and identities. ❤️

marleed In September of each year I get to submit my 3 nominations for consideration of 11 books chosen for our 2023 bookclub. This is my first book stacked for nomination consideration- I just think there‘s so much here to talk about. I‘m so curious if it will stay atop my list! 5mo
Christine @marleed This one really would be great for book club discussion! Wishing you so many good reads in the coming months that you have a hard time choosing in Sept. 😀 5mo
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JHSiess
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🖤 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 🖤

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻's debut, 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗖𝗮𝗸𝗲, is a moving exam. of ⁣adapting when perceptions & beliefs about family members‘ decisions & choices are upended by revelations of long-held secrets. Complex & absorbing family drama, it is imbued with longing, insight, compassion, humor, & peace for memorable characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸: https://tinyurl.com/mmz96468

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Lauren.Archer
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I know it is only February and it has started off so strong with so many great books, but this one might go down as one of my favorites. There is mystery, complex families and so much more. I cannot say enough about this book, so just go out and read it.

Amor4Libros I almost started this one today, don‘t know why I keep putting it off! 😅 5mo
JamieArc I‘ve been seeing so many good things about this one. I‘m hoping to get to it next month 🤞🏻 5mo
BiblioLitten This sounds like a book I‘d enjoy reading. 😊 5mo
marleed I agree. There is so much that comes together to make this a great read! 5mo
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marleed
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This book leaves me with much to think about. First, where can I find a slice of Caribbean black cake!? Then multi-cultural immigration (I want to read more about Chinese immigration to the Caribbean) and double immigration (to England then America). All of this wrapped inside a great story that oddly gave me Bridges of Madison County vibes! ↓

marleed I could criticize one too many it‘s-a-small-world happenings here but I thought it worked for this story. Also, there were quite a few characters introduced, some with a short stint to in the overall story, However, each character was integral to the plot, and none left forgotten like some kind of dangling participle. 5mo
Chrissyreadit Ohh! I‘ve had it before and it is heavenly tasting. My fathers Nurse made it when her daughter got married. She was the best cook. It‘s been 25 years but I still remember I LOVED it ❤️ 5mo
marleed @Chrissyreadit what a great food memory. I just googled for black cake for n the Kansas City area and found this video. Oh my goodness, I can practically taste it! I love the white rum vs red whine debate. https://youtu.be/AYk-fOKvHik 5mo
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Chrissyreadit Yes! I had it with rum but chunky fruit. It was dense but moist - I just got a wave of homesickness. She also would make curried mangoes omg- I could cry for how tasty everything was. 5mo
marleed @Chrissyreadit it all sounds so good! 5mo
janeycanuck I just got this book in my Sweet Reads box and it came with a recipe for black cake. I‘ll post it, if you‘d like! 4mo
marleed @janeycanuck oh how fun! I‘d love to see it! 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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I enjoyed this debut novel, as one family‘s secret history is revealed through a recording left by the matriarch when she dies.

Loved all of the characters; I thought they were really well drawn, and the places, including London, the Caribbean and California, were almost characters in themselves.

Just one niggle - I could have done without the environmental sub-plot. Rather clumsy and definitely superfluous, I skipped a lot of it.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 will keep my eye out for this one. 5mo
BarbaraBB Intriguing review! 5mo
JennyM Keep seeing this popping up - sounds good #stacking 👍 5mo
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Alfoster In my queue. Thanks for the heads-up!👊 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍❤️ 5mo
scripturient I‘m reading this right now and loving it so much! 5mo
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JHSiess
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☆** 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗪𝗿𝗮𝗽-𝗨𝗽 **☆⁣

📖 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 by Diane Chamberlain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣

📖 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗚𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 by Heather Gudenkauf ⁣⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣

📖 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 by Lisa Lutz ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣

📖 𝗕𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 by Lisa Gardner ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⁣

📖 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝗧𝗼𝗼 𝗙𝗮𝗿 by Lisa Gardner ⭐⭐⭐⁣⭐⁣

📖 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗖𝗮𝗸𝗲 by Charmaine Wilkerson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⁣

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BoleyBooks
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puzzledbooks
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January wrap-up! Favorite overall was Black Cake, but this was just a great reading month overall!

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TorieStorieS
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What an impressive debut novel! Spanning decades, this family saga opens with siblings Byron & Benny reunited after a family rift. Their mother has died & she left an audio recording for them- with a big revelation & plenty of secrets they never knew. Though their parents were both Caribbean, they never returned & now they finally learn why. It‘s an engaging novel, with strong characters & makes you long to taste the cake at the heart of this.

Alfoster Oooh! It‘s in my queue too!👏 5mo
TorieStorieS @Alfoster Oh, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!🥰 5mo
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Addison_Reads
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#NetGalley

I started this last month and then got distracted by library holds and never finished it. I'm glad I finally did.

There's a lot going on in this family saga. Benny and Byron return to their family home when their mother passes away. Their mother for years has been keeping a secret though, and before she dies she records the things she couldn't bring herself to tell them while she was alive.

Beautiful, heartfelt story. 💚

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MidnightBookGirl
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I'm pretty sure this is going to be my favorite read of the month! It's funny, because it's not my usual genre, but I was drawn to it when I saw the cover on the BOTM website, and I already had the audio books for the other choices I might have picked (total perks of being a bookseller). Although this is a story of siblings reconnecting, the main focus is on their mother and the story she is telling them posthumously, as they gather with their ⬇

MidnightBookGirl lawyer to hear her final words. Secrets are revealed, leaving her children with more questions. But it was Eleanor's tale of Covey that really drew me in. And I also loved Marble's character- I could have read a whole book about her! Loved the short chapters, the many povs, and of course, now I need to eat some black cake!
#Readin22 #Pantone2022 #BotM
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robinb
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this a pick as it‘s an amazing debut, but I had some issues with it too. There‘s A LOT going on here, and it reads like an epic saga…but at 400 pages. This is a generational story of a Caribbean family told in various voices, in various locales and in various timelines (1960s to present). I had to pay close attention to keep it all straight, but it centers on family secrets, lies, loyalty and love. No specifics here, but the writing 🔻

robinb was beautiful, and the characters well-fleshed out (with the caveat that I did become annoyed/frustrated with some). But I felt that the chapters/storyline could have been less choppy/more streamlined, and overall it could have benefitted from more editing both for length and an unnecessary number of social issues which were overly repetitive in the story. But I think this author is one to watch. 3.75/5⭐️ 5mo
marleed Oh that kitchen sink full of social issue will drop the pointy tips off my stars every time. I think a book has so much more impact when it limits and concentrates the social issues to 3 at max. 5mo
squirrelbrain Great review Robin! I have this on my #netgalley TBR shelf. 5mo
robinb @marleed Yes, I feel the same. Nothing against one or two sprinkled in, but sometimes I feel like the author gets on a roll and can‘t stop…know what I mean? 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
robinb @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen! I‘ll look forward to hearing what you think. 5mo
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EmilyM
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I think the writer tried to do too much and ended up spreading herself too thin. We get pieces of stories that go back and forth in time, and some of the topics didn't seem to be necessary or fit the main narrative.⭐⭐⭐/5

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KatieDid927
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Pickpick

I loved it! Really intriguing story about family and tradition. #BotM

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TheNerdyProfessor
Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I'm loving my #BOTM selection this month - so much that I've been squeezing in a chapter any time I can during the day. Right now, I'm multitasking by rocking the baby to sleep with one hand and reading with the other.

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