I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Wicked Reads.
Lucy gets her life back is about single mom Lucy. After her divorce she moves her two teenage boys to Red Duck with a plan to cook her way into being settled. She has her goal in sight, but ex baseball player Drew also lands in her sights. She just can’t help the attraction. Drew brings Lucy into his life as a cook, but soon realizes that she fits into the rest of his life all too well and he wants to keep her. This book was a sweet read. I really like Stef Ann Holm’s character development. They are real people. I still think the side characters’ extra details kind of sidetrack from the main plot, but it wasn’t too bad in this book. I liked the romance and the family dynamics were both realistically challenging and sweet. Overall, it was an okay read for me. ~Wicked Reads Review team~
Red Duck, Idaho, may be just a speck on the map, but it's perfect for a hardworking single mum lookfing for a good place to start again. Arriving with recipes, ambition, a silent prayer and two teenage boys, Lucy Carpenter is ready to cook her way into the hearts and wallets of celebrities who frequent the nearby ski resort and watering holes.
But she needs somebody to put the word out - and that somebody is Drew Tolman, former baseball player turned local big shot. She's heard the rumours - scandal, women and more - but he's the man Lucy needs on her side. It takes a little effort and a lot of decadence - in the kitchen - but word of Lucy's culinary talents spreads like melting chocolate.
Soon everyone's got Lucy's number but her best caller is Drew. He's eager to convince the deliciously tempting Luc that she's the dessert he's been saving room for!!!
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."
This feel good, gentle romance is a lovely relaxing read. It introduces us to a lot of characters, and whilst the leads are front and centre, there are some enjoyable side stories too. Spin and Jacqui are particularly noteworthy.
In my opinion, stories involving food / chefs and so on, are usually winners. If an author can express well the feelings that good food invokes, then they are already a step ahead. Ms Holm clearly knows her onions, and weaving the rest of the tale around Lucy's cooking plans works well. Throw in a retired baseball hunk like Drew and happy reading is guaranteed. I rather wished that we knew what happened next - but maybe that is the very sign of a good book!