Title: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Author: Amy E. Reichert
336 pages, publishing date July 21, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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 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, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. 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?
What a fun read!! I also LOVE that delicious looking cover!! Though I'm not a particularly good cook, I absolutely love reading books about chefs and food. This book hit the spot (and made me hungry)! It reminded me a lot of several of Barbara O'Neal's books, which I absolutely love. I loved the writing style and the easy to get into pace of the book. I read 75% of the book in one sitting, so it's a quick but delightful read, perfect for a relaxing weekend.
Despite being VERY predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed Lou's journey, and Lou and Al's romance. I also loved all the fun information about Milwaukee! I haven't been to Wisconsin but it definitely made it sound fun! The book also had the recipe for coconut cake at the end, but baking is definitely not my thing--but I'd love to hear if anyone has tried it! It sounds delicious!
I loved this book--the only reason it got four stars from me instead of five was because it was so predictable--but predictable in a comforting way. I highly recommend you read this book!
Overall rating for "The Coincidence of Coconut Cake": 4 stars