by Kimberly Stuart, addresses the dilemma many women and men make, choosing one’s career or a relationship. Charlie is a pastry chef trying to establish herself in a famous NY restaurant under the tutelage of a famous baker, but no matter how hard she tries, she is not able to get the approval of her superior. When the opportunity arises for her to run the kitchen Continue reading
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Readers who like romance with modern, real life circumstances will want to read Tracy Ewens’ Love Story series. As of this writing, there are eight books in the series. Ewens introduces a character in one book and features him or her in another. She has both men and women as the main characters, exploring reasons why a relationship will or won’t work. Though there are some formulaic aspects in the series as we can realistically assume the two love interests will work through their obstacles to find happiness together, Ewens manages to make each story fresh. One way she accomplishes this feat is by having many of the storylines take place at different locations, such as a farm, restaurant, city, beach, college, football arena, political venue and more. The characters have a variety of jobs too, which means Ewens appears to do extensive amounts of research to get it right. Their occupations range from chef to bartender to politician to actor to photographer to computer programmer to farmer. Ewens also represents people at different stages of life, which allows the reader to find someone to relate to.
I eagerly await Ewens’ next book, as I am sure it will hold my attention while also teach me something!
Though not a gourmet, I have always liked reading about books that have food as a primary element, where the descriptions of a dish or meal are so enticing, I am encouraged to cook or bake. (In fact, writing tonight’s blog inspired me to make banana bread, which smells divine). Sometimes there is a magical element too, associated with the food, that makes the story whimsical or fanciful. The food becomes its own character, driving the plot to an aspect otherwise not possible. After reading some of these books, perhaps you will want to go out and create some culinary magic of your own. I did not write summaries for these, but if you click on the link, you will be taken to its Amazon page for a description.
These first ones are more traditional in their styles, with recipes and fairly stable plots.
- The School of Essential Ingredients (2009) and The Lost Art of Mixing (2014), Erica Bauermeister
- The Apple Orchard (2013) and The Bee Keeper’s Ball (2015), Susan Wiggs
- Hannah Swenson mystery series, Joanna Fluke (first one recently made into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie)
These books have that unknown element intertwined with a good story, and you have to be willing to suspend a little reality to embrace the tale as it unfolds.