Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.
Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?
As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries?
A little warning or tip before you begin reading Reservations for Two: A novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons(Two Blue Doors): EAT!
If you are looking for a good romance, then this book is for you. The author does a pretty good job dealing with the obstacles between Juliette and Neil’s relationship. I also liked reading about life in France in the 1940s. The recipe’s just make you hungrier than reading about them cooking and eating all the food. I loved how Juliette was able to read about what her grandmother went through with her own love, and how she was able to apply some of that knowledge to her own relationship with Neil. I also believe this brought her closer to her grandmother.
That was the good stuff. Even though this book wasn’t bad, I just really could not get into it. I don’t know why but I felt that I was completely lost in all the details. It took me a while to read this book (over a week), whereas normally 2-3 days tops. And there really wasn’t anything that stood out to me, or “spoke” to me. That doesn’t mean you will not like it, it just means sometimes I’m weird! (haha) I did love Hillary Manton Lodge’s writing style, and will be giving her books another shot.
So, if you like romance you will like this book. If you like to cook, or learn about food you will like this book. If you like books that intertwine with the past you will like this book. I’m going to keep it on my shelf and maybe reread it one day… Maybe it just wasn’t the right time for me to read this book, or maybe I just needed to share it for someone else. But whatever the reason, I hope someone enjoys this book as much as I wanted to.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books.