[581]: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert


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.


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.


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



  • Needless to say, I won’t be able to consider reading this for the foreseeable future, since I’m on a prescription diet right now. Oh my god, just looking at the cover… GAHCAKE!!!

  • OKAY. SO. That cover, title and basic premise that comes with both? I AM THERE. I only had to see your picture at the top of the review to know that I was going to keep on reading. Only thing is, being GF and egg free, I know that cover cake would never work for me. *sobs*

    Sorry this book didn’t actually work out so well for you. It definitely sounds like you got something from it with the Milwaukee food scene, but character wise not so much, which is always unfortunate. Sometimes I can really love a book, even when the characters and their plot wasn’t so great, if the world is strong enough to carry it, but it doesn’t happen often.

    Also, I totally need to get onto watching You’ve Got Mail!

  • I am so hungry right now 🙂 Sorry this wasn’t the best it could have been for you-but at least it showed you the food scene in a town that I never thought about having one! Of course if you could care less about that, then you are out of luck I guess.*Ha*

  • Loved this one! I appreciated the very subtle and sweet romance in this one, and I get what you say about the lack of spark. 🙂

  • Awe! That sucks about no spark between characters. The books sounds delicious (see what I did there)
    I might just pick it up and see how I feel about it 😉

  • sorry to hear this one did not work for you, looked like a warm happy feelings read

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I looove You’ve Got Mail but…no chemistry?? WHAT? Ugh, I want to read this but also, I know disappointment is around the corner. 🙁 Sorry this didn’t work out, Joy, but thanks for taking one for the team!

  • That cake on the cover alone is making me hungry, oh how luscious does that frosting look! I don’t mind a fluffy adventure type contemporary, but unlike You’ve Got Mail, the don’t sound as though they have the same chemistry or rivalry even. I still love the thought of a foodies tour, which is enough to lure me in. Great review Joy and sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this a little more <3

  • I haven’t heard of this one before but the title alone is pretty intriguing. But not being able to really have a connection with the book sucks.

  • Oh, this sounded like it should be the perfect mix of things I would love: You’ve Got Mail comparison, foodie stuff, romance… I’m a little disappointed there is no spark. 🙁

  • Weird, the lack of chemistry, since it’s a story/romance that revolves around food, which is a concert of flavors. I’d think the food talk is an analogy to the budding romance

  • Ugh, I hate when there’s no chemistry! The cover is making me hungry. :p Great review, hun!

  • That cover is giving me some fierce hunger pangs, haha. Sorry to hear that you could not engage with the storyline and characters, that’s pretty much a must for chicklits!

  • Too bad the story was slow and left you feeling that way. I love the title and the blurb makes it seem interesting, but if it’s contemporary romance then I want to feel the fireworks. We just can’t have a story with no sparks 🙁 At least it had sweet moments and delivered on the restaurant setting aspect. Thanks for your honest review.

  • Mmmm cake, I need cake

  • RO

    I loved “You’ve Got Mail” but they definitely had the chemistry thing down pat. I’m a sucker for any book with food as the main character, but I like the characters to have some connection, you know? Awesome review! Hugs….

  • Ah, this sounds so intriguing, but without sparks, it’s like a flopped cake, so to speak! Bummer. 🙁

  • I hate contemporary romance with no sparks. Totally agree that the characters have to click or it’s blah. What a bummer :/

  • kindlemom1

    Oh man I think the lack of spark would have upset me too. When there is romance, I want sparks and fireworks dang it! Wonderful review Joy!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Too bad the romance lacked that spark Joy! I just finished a historical romance where it left me feeling the same way – a bit disengaged because I ended up being more interested in the setup of the romance in the next book than I was in the current romance. I have no doubt this book would make me hungry though. My sweet tooth is legendary 😉

  • Aw I’m sorry this was so predictable 🙁 I love contemporaries and chick-lit, but sometimes the sameness can be a bit boring. Books with food though – always worth a read, if just to get some ideas lol

  • Jasprit

    I hadn’t heard of this book before your review, but it really sounds like my sort of read, I love books which combine food and romance (I was the biggest fan of Florand’s books!), but I also do like my romances to have some sort of chemistry, I’m sorry that aspect let you down.

  • Jazmen

    No spark? NO SPARK. That is by far the worst thing any author can do. I just can’t stand that. So it’s already lost in my book no matter how much I love coconut cake. LOL!

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 Looks like a pretty book, lol. But yeah. Not for me 🙂 I'm sorry it wasn't perfect : But yay for a book making you hungry 😉 Sounds delicious, lol. Thank you for sharing about it. <3

  • Aw, it wasn’t a tasty romance? The Milwaukee food scene being more interesting is kind of funny though.

  • It sounds like an interesting read, but I need a spark between the main characters. Great review Joy!

  • Ah this book sounds like it has some potential but it didn’t quite cut through this novel… It’s always a bother when it is constantly being compared to something else as well. I do like eating and food though – and books which include that a lot make me happy all the time!

  • Melliane

    Ah too bad for the predictability and the lentgh of the plot. DIfficult too when we don’t have the chemistry when want between the characters.