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Review of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Review of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. ReichertThe Conicidence of Coconut Cake Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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YOU'VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

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?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

 

In an Oyster Shell – Holy drop everything and read this book batman! It was that good.

The Pearls – Wow! Where to start? First of all, I don’t buy books that often. This book looked too good to turn down and the buzz about it was intriguing. Side note, hype over a book can be an iffy thing… is it really so good people are talking about it, or do they have an amazing publicity budget and have a long reach despite the quality? I would say the former fits this book.

I first encountered the book on Netgalley. I wanted a copy and was denied, which clued me into the fact that lots of people had probably requested that book and I was late to the game.  The cover and clever title had me going back to this book again and again. Then I read the description and I wanted to play, so I pre-ordered it. I am always little nervous about buying books. Not often now, do I buy books that are newly released. I usually wait for the buzz to subside then check it out. I could not wait for this book.

So as I started this delectable read, I  was immediately connected to the character Lou. First of all she’s a chef. How can you not love a person that loves good food! I like the opening crisis that plunges you into the storyline. I thought the opening portrayal of Lou to her outstanding character that shines in the end was just incredible. Of course great characters, always have great supporting characters! Reichert just nailed it in the character department.

The setting was very outstanding. Milwaukee… I can’t think of very many stories that are set there. Except for of course one of my fave movies Wayne’s World! I was super impressed by that reference. I was more impressed by the restaurants and festivals that were highlighted in the story. I like how the story spanned over a few seasons and the author highlighted them all.

The end of this story was incredible. It had a very provocative invitation to the life lesson of second chances. This book left me feeling like my life was somehow improved by the author’s incredible insight.

The Sand – In my opinion this read was literary perfection!

This book has inspired me to do a little bonus for 5 pearl reads. For every 5 pearls read I encounter, I will give a copy of that book away shortly after. I will be joining a giveaway hop this Saturday that will be giving away a copy of Coincidence of Coconut Cake. So check back to win a copy of this must-read!

This is a hands down 5 Pearls, actually deserves a whole strand! It will be my go-to gift for the holidays.

5 Stars

About Amy Reichert

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

Amy is represented by Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

I would like to add a note… I was checking out the author’s website and twitter feeds and she has a great attitude and personality that I know added to the great craftsmanship of this book. I am officially a fan…

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