May 2, 2013

When In Doubt, Add Butter

When in Doubt, Add ButterAuthor: Beth Harbison
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover

Synopsis: As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it's her job to cater other peoples' dates, and that's just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She's got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There's Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor's orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an uberwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is "allergic to everything"; and finally, a man she calls "Mr. Tuesday," whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma's takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.

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Review: I have always been a sucker for books that have romance as well as cooking incorporated within it. I first saw this book because of the cupcakes, they looked so yummy so I had to pick it up to see what it was about. I ended up asking for this book for christmas and I was so happy when I saw my mom bought it for me. I read it back in January and I absolutely loved it.

This is one of the first books in a while that I could not walk away from. My poor boyfriend was neglected while I read it because I seriously couldn't stop reading it. I loved all the drama and stuff going on within the book. There is so much going on that not only sucks you in but also keeps you in a fun and easy going mood.

Gemma spends her nights cooking for different clients throughout the book. you learn a bit about the clients to make you also understand all the back story within the book. She has so much going on with bills and different things that happen within the story but she always finds a way to make things work.

The spin to the ending is wonderful and makes you end the book with a smile on your face. I got up walked to my boyfriend and just curled up with him and hugged him for a good five minutes because of the way the book made me feel at the end of it. I loved it. I don't have anything I can say that is bad about the book. Honestly, I mean that. I know my opinion might not always be the same as others, but that is all I can really give you guys. I hope that any of you that decide to pick up this book enjoy it as much as I did.

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