Author: Amy E. Reichert
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Publication Date: 21st July 2015
Book Source: Own purchase
Synopsis: YOU'VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.
In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.
Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.
The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?
This book will make you hungry ... seriously hungry. Just look at that cover. Add Lou, chef and owner of French restaurant Luella's, Al aka A.W. Wodyski an infamous restaurant critic and a gastronomical tour of Milwaukee and you'll be drooling. Take my word for it, if you don't have treats lined up you'll be desperate enough to raid the cupboard for cooking chocolate.
A scathing review leaves Lou's reputation in tatters and the future of her restaurant in doubt but she makes it her mission to show jaded new friend Al, the best of Milwaukee. And us lucky readers get a front row seat to Lou and Al falling in love over cheese curds and coconut cake.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake has one of the best casts of secondary characters I've come across in a long time ... Al's odd coworker John, Lou's pastry chef Harley, and regulars at Luella's, Gertrude and Otto *sigh* ... they stole my heart.
The story may have flaws but I don't much care ... I'm high on the scent of vanilla. This debut is a foodie's dream story; warm, funny, sweet, delicious, sad and I adored every mouth-watering, lip-smacking minute of it.
It's about love and forgiveness, squeaky cheese curds and second chances, doing what you love and never giving up on your dreams. And foodgasms ... let's not forget the foodgasms.
I can't wait for Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, coming Summer 2016.
PS If you want the recipe for Grandma Luella's Coconut Cake, the one on the cover, head over to Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Kimberly made the cake and posted photos and it looks positively decadent.
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