Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love
The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?
After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.
Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?
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Charming story line, a warm and strong family unit, gastronomic delights, and all set in my hometown of Portland, OR!
Hillary Manton Lodge is a proficient storyteller. In A Table by the Window, Lodge builds around a rather ordinary situation a beautiful love story. Juliette D’Alisa finds herself facing many life-changing decisions. Her brother wants her to help open a new restaurant, her grandmother has died and Juliette finds a photograph of a strange man in her grandmother’s belongings, and Juliette herself turns to online dating with hopes of meeting someone.
The discovered photograph lends a hint of mystery to the book as Juliette seeks to discover the truth of who he is and what he meant to her grandmother. At the same time, she attempts to balance a long-distance relationship and the weight of opening a new restaurant.
Lodge develops her characters in such a way you feel as if you know them or they live right next door. Descriptive elements are rich and full, and details are never lacking in the scenes needed to bring the story to fruition. Lodge’s writing style is so comfortable and rich I could hardly tear myself away to prepare meals!
I am so happy I selected A Table by the Window, a truly enjoyable read.
Readers looking for well-written fiction with an underlying Christian theme won’t need to look far to find a lovely novel. Lodge has provided endearing characters and some beautiful recipes in A Table by the Window, two ingredients to keep the flavor of this story lasting for a long, long time.
Meet Hillary Manton Lodge:
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA Bestselling book. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine.
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Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Published: March 2014
Paperback, 320 pages
(Also available in e-book format)
I received a copy of A Table by the Window via Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.