- Mass Market Paperback: 349 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (18 April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821772414
- ISBN-13: 978-0821772416
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
While it includes the fairly typical "romance" inherent to the genre, something altogether different makes it irresistibly charming: the creative and active interplay between a wide variety of characters, all of whom are interesting and full-bodied in their own right.
Our heroine, Gwen, has moves to Maine from Maryland to open her own restaurant. There, she encounters a band of mostly-male locals who range in age from early twentysomething to geriatric. All have one thing in common -- utter adoration of this young, pert, classy young woman who's promised to cook them something OTHER than lobster once her restaurant opens. When Gwen offers to let the little fan-club act as unofficial taste-testers ahead of the restaurant's opening (just to ensure that she's able to satisfy the tastes and expectations of the community), the men practically start to drool. Make sure you eat before you read or you'll find yourself nibbling insatiably! Not since Dickens' David Copperfield is there so much good eating in a book.
However, as is required in this genre, Gwen has eyes for just one of the men, and his eyes are firmly fastened on her despite the rather predictable issues that arise to prolong their eventual union.
Still, everyone from the restaurant's ne'er do well waitress to the grandfather (!) of the male lead to the recently crowned sous-chef is intriguing, witty, and altogether satisfying... worthy of a story in his or her own right. Evanik reprised some of these characters in this novel's companion book, Christmas on Conrad Street, which is a worthwile read all on its own.
Read it! You won't be disappointed.
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