Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Together At The Table--Hillary Manton Lodge--Book Review

                                                  #3: Together at the Table  -     By: Hillary Manton Lodge
From the back cover . . . (I loved the front cover)
Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.
In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.
As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.
Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.
But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love? 

I visited the authors website . . . It was as delightful as the book...
                                                                   Source (authors website)
. . . and filled with recipes.  (This little cupcake is featured in the book!)  But I am getting side-tracked. I'm supposed to be writing about Together At The Table  which is book 3 in the series.   In all honesty as much as I liked the book I think I would have enjoyed it better  if I'd read the first two.  I was a little confused about Juliette and the family's visit to Europe to learn more about their family and Juliette's grandmother.   I kind of felt that I was reading two different books.  In the beginning Juliette is struggling with her feelings for her current boyfriend and her old flame.  Shortly after she makes her decision (between her boyfriends) the family travels to Europe.

The book is also filled with recipes.  There is a recipe after almost every chapter.  I enjoyed reading the recipes and look forward to trying a few.  

Overall I think this was a nice read and I would definitely be inclined to read the first two.  I actually hope that there is a 4th book in the works.  I'd love to see more of Nico Juliette's brother and co-owner of the Two Blue Doors restaurant.  

I received a complimentary copy of Together At The Table from Book Look in exchange for my honest review.     

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