29 March 2014

A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes by Hillary Manton Lodge

Feel free to read the first chapter from 
A Table by the Window here.
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Heirloom recipes, family secrets… and a chance for love.
The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn – does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?
After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story. 
Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her grandmother’s story can help show the way?

Hillary Manton Lodge filled A Table by the Window with the warmth of family and food. The antics of the French-Italian D’Alisa clan often left me laughing, reminding me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, while the sensory descriptions of cooking and recipes made my mouth water. A well-written and engaging story, A Table by the Window is a definite treat to read. I finished novel wanting to jump immediately into the (upcoming, though not yet available) second book, Reservations for Two. For now, I’ll simply have to wait… A Table by the Window is a delicious read I would definitely recommend and I cannot help but thank WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of it, along with the opportunity to read and honestly review it.

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