Great news, fans of foodie fiction: Stacey Ballis, author of Good Enough to Eat, Off the Menu and Out to Lunch and others serves up another novel about food, self-discovery, and personal triumph.
Are you a fan of fiction featuring main characters fixing themselves as they fix up old homes? I am. And this novel’s got not just a cooking main character, but an old Chicago home renovation that reminded me of Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy . . . (And by the way, I noticed some recent, very interesting photos of a house renovation on the author’s blog, The Polymath Chronicles. Have a look. She’s up to her eyeballs!)
Today’s book review? Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis.
RECIPE FOR DISASTER
by Stacey Ballis
Berkley Trade Original
Jacket Copy: To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess – her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But despite her flaws, Anneke’s life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiancé who cooks like a dream.
Until Anneke’s charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration – and what little savings she has – into finishing the renovation.
But as soon as she dives back into the house’s overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Gemma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house’s original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Gemma’s life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she’s been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along . . .
My Book Review: Anneke Stroudt’s life seemed perfect until a shocking encounter reveals all is not well after all. Add to that, troubles at work that lead Anneke to make another really big mistake: Opening her big mouth again. Thrown into circumstances she didn’t expect, Anneke’s left with no choice but to pick up the pieces…
Enter a mysterious leather-bound book tucked away in the historic home she’s renovating, and you’re on a fictional ride that overhauls a home and a woman, as this charming collection of wisdom and recipes feed Anneke both spiritually and physically.
Foodie fiction fans, fixer-upper fiction fans, this book is delicious – complete with a recipe for Emergency Chocolate Cake. Doesn’t get better than that. Oh! And there’s a love story, too. eeYup. I thought you might like that. 🙂
About the Author: Stacey Ballis is the author of eight foodie novels and contributing author to three nonfiction anthologies. For more information about Stacey, check out her blog at thepolymathchronicles.blogspot.com or visit her online at facebook.com/StaceyBallis1 and follow her on Twitter @staceyballis.
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