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“This isn't "Sex in the City" chic lit--this one actually has some seriousness and some heft. Elena, the lone survivor of a horrific car wreck that killed a number of her family and her boyfriend, is a chef now, living with her damaged body and her more damaged soul in the tough, male dominated...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very Relaxing. A book about faith and new starts. ”wanda maldonado wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good chick book”Beth Stivers wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed this book; great character development and a little bit of mystery to keep you wondering what happened to the main character to make her the way she is. Listened to it in the car and it kept my attention.”Nicole Dailey wrote this review Saturday, October 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent! Lovely story about a chef who has had more than her share of hard times including surviving a dramatic car accident, working her way up through male dominated kitchens, love affairs that end. Finally she is asked to become the executive chef in a new Aspen restaurant - a dream come true, but with it's own issues. Recipes included.”Sue Sharp wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On the surface, this story was very simple and maybe even predictable- a girl with a difficult start in life makes peace with her past. The setting is the world of higher-end restaurant kitchens and there are delicious foods and recipes throughout the story. Somehow, it manages to be much more multi-layered than other stories with similar plot lines. There is something so haunting and beautiful about Elena, so much richness in her portrayal. As much as I guessed what the ending might be, there was tension up until the very end as she struggled to make peace with her past and as Julian did the same.
I cried a bit at the ending, but in a good way. I loved the small elements of magical realism, as well as all of the food references and recipes. I'm not quite sure what made me enjoy this book so much, or how I even found it. Maybe it was just that it was exactly the sort of thing I needed to read right now and it found me :). I am definitely going to be checking out other books by Barbara O'Neal. ”
“Really easy, good read- love all the cooking references and reciepes”Shelley S wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I really enjoyed this book. There were several aspects of it that reminded me of Like Water for Chocolate, another book that I liked. Not the story, but the style and the use of strong discriptive wording.
Great characters, flow and dialogue. Barbara O'Neal has a gift for making the reader feel for her characters and channel their emotions. I'd definately read another one of her books.
Warning: reading this book will make you extremely hungry and give you illusions of culinary granduer. (At least in my case.) ”
“Sweet story and an easy read. I love the ghost aspect of the book and how it takes the reader back and forth through out the story. Only thing that bugs me is that the dog on the cover does NOT match the dog in the story, that really bugs me ;). ”Sarah G wrote this review Monday, October 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good story, good read.”lkk wrote this review Thursday, September 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The characters were all loveable and well described, but the story itself lacked depth. There was no clear antagonist, and the characters' emotional responses to the plot twists seemed muted. Even the characters described as passionate or unstable never seemed to reach the highs or lows one would expect from them. While the story was interesting, it was not compelling, and I had to force myself to finish the book.”Andrea W wrote this review Sunday, September 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No