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I personally love to cook. This novel intrigued me because it has a backdrop of cooking. Jenna, a chef and fresh off a divorce and moves home to open a cooking store. Sounds like a trite story line, but wait. Her birth parents show up unannounced after 32 and never meeting her, her new store manage has her own mini-story line, her birth mother figures prominently and Jenna gets a boyfriend (not a spoiler -- it's a romance book after all). Anyway, all of these characters dodge and weave in a intricate web. The teaser suggests the ex-husband plays a role -- but he is a fleeting part of the story, maybe he gets five minutes total.
Teri Clark Linden does not have a lot of range in her voice to carry off all the characters. She is not awful, but that is all I can say. This book is light on romance, heavy on redemption and light on sex. It's a fun read if not a little long. I give it a cautious thumbs up. One bonus, there are recipes at then end (that is a spoiler).
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the story. Many have said that the narration was a problem - I disagree. The narrator did a very good job. I don't want to give anything away, but I usually stay away from books that make me cry. This one did. I read books for laughter, good stories, interesting characters and a way to escape life and its traumas. This book delivered on most counts, but added traumas I did not need or want.
I will be happy to read more from this author and listen to more books by this narrator. I just wish there was a way to give a kleenex rating so that I can avoid tear-jerkers in the future!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful