The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender The publisher in this ARC had written a small forward: "Dear Reader, Maybe you're having a bad day. Maybe you're having a bad year. If so, here is the antidote: Aimee Bender's new novel. Enjoy, William J. Thomas, Publisher and Editor in Chief". So, with that and the description, I was set for a light happy novel. Well, not quite. The novel wasn't sad, but more bitter-sweet.

The day Rose discovers her gift she realizes that not only could she taste her mother's sadness and longing but she is empathic with food in general. She can even tell where the food was processed and the emotions of the farmer or workers who handled the food. She becomes obsessed with finding food she can live with because the emotions have a lasting effect on her while her body and mind process it. Some people who find out her gift shun her and a few accept her gift as wonderful. One helps her throughout her life by just being stable and there for her when she needs him. Another uses her gift to her own advantage. So, because of the shunning and the user, Rose withdraws into her own world. Her brother is no real help and seems to have secrets and problems of his own.

In the end of this book, Rose discovers more about herself than she thought possible. She finds a small community of acceptance and is determined to find out who she is beyond the gift. She is also the only one who understands her brother more than anyone else. It isn't a happy ending, but at least it was somewhat a satisfying one. I give this book 3 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants a interesting, odd and different type of book.