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A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge
Synopsis: 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?
My review: This is one book that I am glad that I did not just by the cover. I tend to lean towards books that look more historical or mysteries. I know I should not judge a book by the cover and please do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong or bad with this cover at all just not one I would pick up on first look. Anyway back to my review. This is the first book that I have read by this author and now I want to look for more books by her. One thing I liked about the book was the recipes that were included, I would like to try some of them in the near future. I found myself drawn to Juliette from page one. Hearing is story and the way the author wrote this book, is like you are sitting down with a friend and listening to her life story. Another thing I liked about the book was that there was a little mystery, history (of her grandma) and romance and it all blended together in such a way that the author kept you up late at night to finish the book. The author did a good job of leaving you hanging at the end so you can't wait to read the next book in this series.
About the author: Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA bestselling book. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate magazine. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring new walking trails. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon. - See more at: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing You can also visit her at her website click here