“I am fairly tolerant about romances. I read them for escape and so as long as the plot isn't totally outlandish and the characters are not total idiots, I am willing to suspend my disbelief.
Unfortunately, I found one aspect of this book that just did not work for me. This novel was written in 2000 and Criswell created male characters who wanted to be married to housewives. I am sure that there are still men who believe this, but they do not belong in contemporary romances.
Most romances have strong independent women and this book is no exception. Mary is opening her own restaurant. Why would she want to date a man who did not believe in women's equality.
Given this situation, I did not find this book to be a good read. If I had had another book on the boat with me, I would have stopped reading.”
“r.”ALICE S wrote this review Friday, May 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A hilarious romance chock-full of delightful characters and wonderful-sounding recipes. When the going gets tough, Mary Russo goes for the chocolate. Mary decides to open her own Italian restaurant in Baltimore. In spite of her mother's strenuous objections, Mary manages to make it a success until the new restaurant critic, Dan Gallagher, gives it a bad review. Dan doesn't like Italian food, but when Mary comes to his office to complain, he finds that he does like Italian women!!!”Rockville Library Quick Picks wrote this review Thursday, February 26, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interviewed the author about this book in a 2000 Q&A”Laurie Gold wrote this review Sunday, May 25, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For anyone who comes from the typical Italian or Jewish family and can poke fun at your heritgae, this is the book for you, as are the other 3 in the serious. Millie had me in stitches and re-reading paragraphs because I couldn't stop laughing. All her characters are heartwarming, people and families one can identify with. Sit back, relax and enjoy ”Julie Lence wrote this review Monday, July 23, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No