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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Deliciously entertaining!" (Meg Donohue, author of Dog Crazy)

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  • Deb
  • Maryland
  • 04-04-17

Sweet story. Wish I had read instead of listening

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Delightful Read

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Deliciously sweet romance

A clever, cozy romance with plenty of yummy food descriptions. This story was surprisingly based in Milwaukee, but by the end I adored the city almost as much as the characters. Worth the listen!

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I wanted to like it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I just moved back to Wisconsin and hoped the story would help me remember what I love about this place. There's lots of discussion about food and locations

What could Amy E. Reichert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The characters don't seem compatible with each other; the story drags on and I just couldn't finish it,even though I kept trying.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seems afraid of contractions and over-enunciated many, if not all, sentences.

Any additional comments?

It may be fun for others, but it wasn't for me.

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Enjoyed it as a Wisconsinite

Nice story set in Milwaukee which was what I enjoyed most. The characters were interesting but could have been developed more and the narration of a male voice needs work as it sounded more feminine than the female voice. A follow up on Joe the fashionista is in order.

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An absolute must!

Would you listen to The Coincidence of Coconut Cake again? Why?

I’ve listened to this book THREE times! I laughed, I cried, I felt!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake?

The knife in the table! HOLY SMOKE!

What about C.S.E Cooney’s performance did you like?

I forgot I was listening to just one person. Excellent narrator!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, cried and cursed that ass Devlin!

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  • rhoni
  • Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • 03-09-18

spectacular story about love and living this life!

this story is brilliant, sweet and poignant. the coconut cake weaves itself thru the story but at the heart of this story is about people and life. making the most of life and that something always arises from ashes and we all are given 2nd chances. we just need to recognize it and seize that moment when it comes along, never giving up on hope and dreams. it's also about love and how splendid it is, pure and simple. as put by Gertrude "life begins but it must end".. it's what is done in between that makes life such life. great beautiful story, I truly loved it!

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Not worth the listen

Unfortunately the performer’s voice does not interpret male voices well. It was impossible to see the main male character as a romantic lead thanks to the awful accent and vocal pitch she used for his voice. Her reading was also monotone. I just couldn’t plow through more than half the book before giving up and skipping to the last 5 minutes.

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Caution if You are on a Diet!

Where does The Coincidence of Coconut Cake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a fun read - This definitely ranks high for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Great story and fun characters. It had a Harry Met Sally/Sleepless in Seattle feel to it.

What three words best describe C.S.E Cooney’s voice?

Quiet and soft - soothing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Food, food, food!

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fun listen<br />

Some nice twists. essay to listen too. Funny and romantic and serious all last one time.