Published on September 27, 2016
Description from Netgalley
Food, friendship, family, and a fresh start.
Shelby Preston, a young single mother, is at a crossroads. She feels suffocated by her hardscrabble life in rural Georgia and dreams of becoming a professional chef. Lord knows her family could use a pot of something good.
In Atlanta, Mallory Lakes is reeling from a bad breakup. The newspaper food columnist is also bracing for major changes at work that could put her job at risk. Determined to find the perfect recipe for how to reinvent herself, she gets involved in the growing farm-to-table movement. But an emotional setback threatens to derail everything she’s worked for.
Shelby and Mallory couldn’t be more different. But through their shared passion for food, they form an unlikely friendship—a bond that just might be their salvation.
This heartwarming and lyrical tale reminds us that family isn’t necessarily whom you’re related to—it’s whom you invite to your table.
This is a new release of a previously published edition titled Simmer and Smoke; it contains twenty delightful recipes.
From reading the description of this novel, I figured this is right up my alley. It sounds like something I would devour and enjoy. Unfortunately, I found this book to be a bit slow. I wasn’t too invested in the characters and felt that they were given very little depth. The food element in this story was lacking for me and some of the descriptions of slaughtering animals were thrown in and a turn off.
This story line could’ve been really good if it was developed more. The book itself was long but the emotional connection to the characters was missing for me. I was disappointed. I was given an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I gave this 2 crowns.