Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love
The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?
After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.
Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?
I really enjoyed this book. I found it fresh and unique with an interesting story-line that included both romance and mystery, as well as an interesting group of characters. This book had a warm feel and was just enjoyable to read. Food is a huge theme in this book, and a big part of the lives of the characters. It was embraced beautifully and passionately throughout the story. One of the coolest things is the inclusion at the end of most chapters of many of the recipes that were created during the plot of this book. I also particularly loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I don’t usually pay much mind to this in most books, but these quotes were all really good and I looked forward to reading each one at the beginning of each chapter. I am personally one who is passionate about food, so this book spoke to me on a different level than most. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but the addition of the passion for cooking and food really set this book apart as something special.
I was delighted to see at the end that there will be a sequel. There is still much mystery, intrigue and romance left to this story and I’m eager to continue reading more.
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA bestselling book. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate magazine. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring new walking trails. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon. For more information about the author, please visit her website: http://www.hillarymantonlodge.com/blog.html