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When in Doubt, Add Butter | [Beth Harbison]

When in Doubt, Add Butter

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and - oh yes - butter.

©2012 Beth Harbison (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Brittany Sonora, CA, United States 12-27-13
    Brittany Sonora, CA, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great feel good book"
    Where does When in Doubt, Add Butter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved it! in my top 5 for sure


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet but I will now


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great story I loved how they connected and you hoped it was him but still weren't quite sure.

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    Terry Waynesville, NC, United States 12-23-13
    Terry Waynesville, NC, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I want to cook for people!"
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    It's always a wonderful feeling when you stumble across a new author. What a delightful read. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but I found the characters that Gemma cooked for to be quirky and delightful. Where else could you run over a peacock and still laugh yourself silly? Of course, it was easy to figure out where the story was going, but the ride to the destination was still fun. Can't wait to read the next Beth Harbison in my library!

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    LaChandra CROSSETT, AR, United States 10-17-13
    LaChandra CROSSETT, AR, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it in 2 days. I really like the narrator.

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    Lois Arena Elmsford, NY 10-08-13
    Lois Arena Elmsford, NY 10-08-13 Member Since 2007

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    What disappointed you about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    Very boring with no real story.


    What could Beth Harbison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of one person telling a story like it's a diary, I would have liked more characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


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    chrispy Reno 06-12-13
    chrispy Reno 06-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    I thought it was a cute story. Will I think about it now after I am done with it, nope. But it kept me entertained and I liked the characters. I really thought that Orlagh Cassidy did a great job.

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    Kari 04-30-13
    Kari 04-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Such a great and entertaining "read""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved it and loved how the main characters didn't know each other but still interacted in meaningful ways.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    When she's sitting in front of his door, trying to call her client.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she knocks over the water on the note, and he hands her a landscapers? card in the grocery store.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. absolutely. I've actually listened to it several times now.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, good job, can't wait for more...

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    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 08-19-12
    Mary B. Huntsville, TX 08-19-12 Member Since 2001
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    The book was sort of ho hum. I didn't dislike it, but it didn't make an impression on me either. I did finish it - but I'd get distracted while listening, and didn't feel the need to backtrack and pick up the thread of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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