The premise of this book is that a business in the food industry would hire a new chef who graduated at the top of her class, but assign her a series of jobs that had nothing to do with her cooking skills. Furthermore, they give her no training for any of these tasks which results in thousands of dollars in waste and bad reviews for their flagship restaurant. This is working so well that the company does it again; sending Audrey off to Vermont to negotiate with a number of farmers to get produce to Boston. The head scratching starts early in this book.
It always amazes me when an author creates a heroine that is so weak. Audrey is personable and a good cook, but this is overshadowed by her flaws.
Audrey slides off into the ditch because the road changed from asphalt to gravel. Apparently, she only looks three inches ahead while driving and couldn't see this in broad daylight. When told to get the spare changed right away, she drives around on it for several days and is surprised it goes flat. Audrey finally gets a job in a restaurant kitchen, then complains the days are too long. She has a once in a lifetime chance to enter a competition to create her own restaurant, but five weeks before the interview she hasn't even decided on what type of cuisine to serve.
"Was there no task on earth I could complete without effing it up? No job I could keep without disgrace?"
Good question, Audrey. I was wondering the same thing. Luckily for Griff, Audrey is good at sex.
Then there is the whole Mommy Dearest victim angle. Yes, her mother was cold. Not sure that having your Easy Bake Oven thrown out counts as a tragic event, though. Audrey flunks out of two colleges because of all her partying. Her mother has the nerve to take away her car and refuse to cover her bills. Hmmm... that sounds like common sense.
A lot of time is spent on how tight the farm finances are. Griff has multiple family members counting on him. When a decision involving Audrey turns disastrous, Griff just has an "oops" attitude. The Wicked Witch of the West does a sudden 180 which is not very realistic.
The best line comes from Audrey herself.
"I was sick of playing the part of the incompetent little woman." Honestly, Audrey, I was sick of it too.