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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
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"Deliciously entertaining!" (Meg Donohue, author of Dog Crazy)
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By Vanda F. Wadsworth on 04-18-16

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.

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By Christie on 11-05-17

A Decadent and Tantalizing Treat!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert is a true gem! I had this sitting in my Audible account for months before I actually found the time to listen, and “wow!” what I was missing! This is a story of romance and decadent writing about food! I salivated at times! Lu is a chef who is going through the wringer with a wayward fiance and a failing restaurant, due largely to a scathing review she receives from a food critic. As her relationship ends, she meets a seemingly perfect man who wants to learn more about her city and she takes him on an adventure of fine dining. Her one rule is that they don’t get too personal and definitely do not discuss work. In fact, neither knows what the other does. This leads to a recipe for disaster. The narrator, C.S.E. Cooney, is on point and is perfect for this read!

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