Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.
Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?
As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries?
Life seemed simple while traveling through Europe. Explore new foods, develop a new romance, push the boundaries of the comfort zone among other things for Juliette. But once she returns, you will experience with her the questions of life. Where is this really going? What new things will get thrown at her?
I loved the first book in this series and really enjoyed this second one. It had a different flavor than the first, and I almost found it a little slower moving. But what is not to love about food, great recipes and a hint of romance thrown in the mix? The romance is very realistic, meaning, there is not a ton of concentration on the aspects you would expect from a romance novel. It is more women’s fiction type romantic love.
I love, love, love the recipes! I cannot wait to try them out! That is some of the most unique things about this book, it is filled with amazing recipes, great food descriptions, and hints of mystery.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. The words contained herein are my own.