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 that 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, Lou and Al cross paths in a pub. 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?
©2015 Amy Reichert (P)2015 Tantor
"Deliciously entertaining!" (Meg Donohue, author of Dog Crazy)
Although the plot is similar to others, e.g. "You've Got Mail", and the ending was obvious, it was a fun diversion and a nice change from murder mysteries, dysfunctional families, and war. My only complaint was the narrator. Her voice was nice but she read without expression and mispronounced quite a few words.
If you want a light, fun read, look no further.
I enjoyed the characters in this story even though a couple of them were slightly unbelievable. The narrator mispronounced a few words, which would not have been so bad, but they were food words and this was a story all about food. She had a melancholy way of talking which worked for the sad parts of the story, but didn't do much for the happy parts. Also, she distinctly pronounced any word with a "t" in it, which was distracting. I normally enjoy clear, crisp speech but it didn't seem to work here. I did enjoy her British accent. I'm no expert on the nuances of Brit-speak, but it sounded good to me. Perhaps she has a British background and thus the mispronunciaton of the word "herbs". I would love the recipe for the coconut cake, if it exists.
Yes, I actually did recommend this to a friend. We've been waiting for the next, "Bridget Jones". This book isn't quite as awesome as Bridget Jone's Diary, but it was fun.
...the smashing of the coconut cake.
This was my first and it was great.
Yes, but unfortunately I had to go to class.
I was extremely impressed by this book. I'm not sure what I expected going in, I've read plenty of positive reviews before picking it up, but for a debut novel, Reichert just blew me away.
Such a cute storyline and incredible writing in this book. Set in Milwaukee, the city and all of the things it has to offer provided much of the purpose of the plot, and I loved every bit of it. There aren't many things I miss about living up north, but Summerfest and cream puffs and cheese curds would show up on the list of things I miss every once in a while (when I forget about the cold and the snow). Milwaukee does have such great character, I loved how Reichert chose to use it in such a way to mold this story.
I loved Lou and after a while I loved Al too, as well as the conflict that brings them together or the one that pushes them apart. I loved the details in the supporting characters - Sue and Harley and the elderly German couple who were regulars at Lou's restaurant. They truly heightened the story and really tied it together nicely. The descriptions of the food were mouth-watering. I have never once wanted to try coconut cake until this book. That recipe sounds delicious and I may just have to give it a shot.
This is a story about fighting for your dreams, never settling, finding the good in things, friendship, love and second chances. You won't be disappointed if you give this one a read.
The narrator also did a great job at bringing the characters to life.
This was a sweet break from some of the more suspenseful and tragedy based fiction that is popular now. The performance was excellent and easy to listen to.
After listening to this book I surely wish that I had. I did visit Milwaukee once
but Did not experience any of the
Wisconsin delights described so deliciously.
This is a story that entertains and
makes one's mouth water! I loved the characters, the setting and the food!
Loved the story. Disagree about Milwaukee, but. . .The predictable (disappointing?) wrap-up and the traditional evil ex-boyfriend (who didn't quite make sense) are what kept it from five stars. I'm looking forward to Cooney's next book.
A beautiful story that makes you want to laugh, cry, and cook. And now I want to visit Milwaukee...a place I've never given a second thought to.
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