The Coincidence of Coconut Cake / Amy E. Reichert
It took me a while to get into this book. While it was fun, and had all the characteristics of a chick-lit contemporary read, it was one of those books that left me just a little bit disengaged.
YOU’VE GOT MAIL
The biggest draw of this book is that it’s being compared to the movie mentioned above. I have to admit that it’s why I bought it in the first place. Al is a food/restaurant critic who caught Lou, the chef-owner of her tiny French restaurant he was reviewing, at a bad time. As a result, she didn’t get a promising review on the paper he works for. Al has some sort of clout in the city that more often destroys a restaurant’s reputation more than he helps them. So when his review came out, it slowly killed her dream. But fate is funny some times. At a bar to drown out her sorrows, she meets Al. She wouldn’t know he was the sole reason for her business’ demise until later into the novel. He coerced her to introduce him to a side of Milwaukee no one really knows. And as days go by, and the more time they spend together, they become involved.
BRING YOUR APPETITE
This book will make you hungry, and will inspire you to dust off your baking tools in an attempt to satiate a sweet tooth. And while Milwaukee is the farthest place I would think of as a foodie haven, Lou certainly made a case for it.
A contemporary romance needs a couple of characters that at least have some sort of chemistry to speak of. Unfortunately, Lou and Al didn’t really have it. I think I had more interest in the Milwaukee food scene than I cared about their relationship. The plot was pretty slow and quite predictable, as most contemporaries tend to be. It had its sweet moments, which is more than you can ask for in a story such as this.
GOODREADS SUMMARY | Gallery Books | Paperback, 318 pp. | Adult Fiction | Romance | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars