At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down.
When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch, she's losing her dream - and her means of escape. When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But 15 years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns.
Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places: by her sister's side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.
©2014 Katherine Reay (P)2015 Tantor
"In a rich feast for the senses - both literary and culinary." (Publishers Weekly)
Narration was weak point, but still enjoyed the story. Narrator needed more distinction between characters and emotion in her voice.
As a second chances (Austen) story, well done. A bit too preachy, certainly more so than I found Austen. I was more impressed with Ms. Reay's first book. That said, it is well enough crafted (world building, sentences, character development) that I will move to her Bronte story soon.
I don't know if I've listened to Ms. Huber before or not; I liked her voicing here.
I didn't realize this was a Christian novel when I bought it, but about a quarter of the way through I started to question why all the characters were 1 dimensional and laughably unrealistic. Too-good-to-be-true guys that are satisfied with single chaste kisses & mesmerized by boring women who lack wit or any extraordinary qualities? C'mon. The food descriptions, which other reviewers said were scrumptious, are terrible! The author achieves essentially reads off a menu—no insights, just lists of ingredients. Even the sisters' relationship is dull and unrealistic. This never should have made it off the slush pile. Verb usage tumbles into the dumpster with lame, neophyte writing as "quirk a smile" and "pick at my cuticles." Yuck.
I love stories about family relationships and this one rang true. Adding the cooking as a background was a real treat. To top it off it had beautiful morals and faith in God's love.
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