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At 37, Tessa Harlow is still working her way down her list of goals to "fall in love and have a family". A self-described rolling stone, Tessa leads hiking tours for adventurous vacationers - a job that's taken her around the world but never a step closer to home. Then a freak injury during a trip already marred by tragedy forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all.
Located high in the New Mexico mountains, Las Ladronas has become a magnet for the very wealthy and very hip, but once upon a time it was the setting of a childhood trauma Tessa can only half remember. Now, as she rediscovers both her old hometown and her past, Tessa is drawn to search-and-rescue worker Vince Grasso. The handsome widower isn't her type. No more inclined to settle down than Tessa, Vince is the father of three, including an eight-year-old girl as lost as Tessa herself. But Tessa and Vince are both drawn to the town's most beloved eatery - 100 Breakfasts - and to each other. For Tessa, the restaurant is not only the key to the mystery that has haunted her life but a chance to find the home and the family she's never known.
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By Lulu on 03-12-14
Easy, Sweet Read
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is the first book I read by this author and I had no idea what to expect.
This was at its core a story about coming home. And not just for the main character. The author spends the book showing us that you have to come home to learn the truth about yourself and that when you are home, miracles occur. Perhaps not plausible, but one can dream.
I liked the way the recipes were woven into the story and the way the author used food and dogs to express emotions, spirituality, love and the magic of life.
It was a little sappy. But I have to admit that I was happy that Tessa seemed to fall as much in love with Vince's oldest daughter as she did with Vince himself.
The narration was great. I recommend the book. I highly enjoyed it and will read other books by this author.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Stephanne on 07-01-16
Not the story for me.
After reading MANY rave reviews about the story, I was excited to dive in. I gave it almost 3 hours and found myself overwhelmingly bored with the story. As always, the narration of Angela Dawe was great, but unfortunately the story itself did not start to unfold fast enough to capture my interest.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 07-06-18
Irritating narration, lovely story
First, the narrator almost ruined my enjoyment of this book, overemphasizing (different to articulating) almost every word, only relieved during the narration of character dialogues other than the main character Tessa. I sort of learned to ignore it, and could concentrate on the journies of the characters and the lovely tenderness that ms samuels can bring to the relationships between the characters, lovers, parents and children, and friends. I think that and the intimacy that she can express so well is one of the reasons i have enjoyed some of her contemporary novels. i love the way she explores the tenderness and care of beautiful fathers towards daughters - very attractive traits!