The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Source: Netgalley review copy
In downtown Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling
French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her
demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she
discovers him in the buff—with an intern.
Witty yet gruff
British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by
writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper
under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little
does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The
review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce,
distracted service—he unleashes his worst.
The day that Al’s
mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou
drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As
they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee
and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily
agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual
attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains
popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but
when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?
I'm kind of surprised how much I liked this one. It was pretty much the typical romance formula, and of course you could see what was going to happen a mile away, but it was still good. The story itself was just really sweet, and I liked both of the main characters, as well as the side characters.
I love food, so the fact that so much of this book centers around food was a plus, and we also really got to know the city of Milwaukee. I would love to read more story set in this world, maybe focusing on some of the side characters (although as far as I know, the author has no plans for that).
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