Monday, July 20, 2015

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Another new week and the sun is finally out!  I stayed inside yesterday because of the rain and a nasty migraine.  Unfortunately, I have suffered from migraines (as well as tension and cluster headaches) since I was fifteen.  Nothing to do but take my medication and wait for it to go away!  I cannot believe that the year is flying by so fast.  Can you believe that July is almost over already?  Before we know it, it will be time for Christmas (I had better get to shopping).

The Coincidence of Coconut Cakeby Amy E. Reichert is a cute contemporary romance novel.  Elizabeth Luella Johnson prefers to go by the name of Lou.  She is the owner and chef of Luella’s restaurant.  Lou is engaged to marry Devlin Pontellier, a lawyer.  Devlin believes that Lou should give up the restaurant after they marry and be a stay at home mother (as well as cook meals for his clients and co-workers).  Every time Devlin brings up marriage, Lou gets the willies (shouldn’t this give her a clue to how she really feels about him).  Now Devlin is suggesting that they move in together. 

On Devlin’s birthday Lou is up early to make him her grandmother’s coconut cake.  She gets the cake ready, gets him coffee, and favorite paper (and actually picks up his dry cleaning).  On the way she runs into Al.  Lou moves on, but Al continues to think about her.  Then Al sees her a few minutes later looking upset and cake/frosting on her shoes.  Lou walks into Devlin apartment to find him in his boxer’s and his assistant, Megan in Lou’s new negligee.  Lou drops everything and walks out. 

That night Lou is a mess at her restaurant.  She ruins everything she touches, but she refuses to stop cooking.  That night the popular new food critic for the newspaper, A.W. Woodyski (Polish for water) is dining at Luella’s (he was given a card with a tip to try out the restaurant).  The staff is inattentive, the service is slow, and the food inedible.  A.W. Woodyski gives Luella’s a bad review.  Turns out that A.W. Woodyski is Alastair “Al” Waters.  Al is British and new to Milwaukee.  It is the middle of winter, he is cold, does not know anyone, and is miserable.  He let this affect his reviews and did not give the restaurant another chance before submitting his review.  After the review comes out, Lou is sent with money to the local bar (no one wants her cooking).  Al happens upon Lou (not knowing she is the chef of Luella’s).  Lou agrees to show Al the good side of Milwaukee.  They agree to not talk about their work (of course, she does not know he is a reviewer and he does not know that she is a chef).  They spend the next few months exploring the city and getting to know each other.  But you know what is going to happen when Lou discovers that Al wrote that review!

To find out what happens, you will have to read The Coincidence of Coconut CakeThe Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming and romantic book (it grew on me).  I give The Coincidence of Coconut Cake 4 out of 5 stars.  It is a little predictable, but I like the characters and story line.  There are many lengthy descriptions of food (will make you hungry).  If you are looking for a sappy, romantic book, give The Coincidence of Coconut Cake a try.  The Coincidence of Coconut Cake will be out on Tuesday, July 21, 2015!

I received a complimentary copy of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I really appreciate you stopping by and reading my reviews.  I am off to run some errands.  Have a glorious afternoon and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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