Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

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Love food and books? This then is the perfect book for you. The food descriptions make my mouth water, and there’s a bonus recipe at the back!

Lou was having a bad day when food critic A.W. Wodyski dropped by her restaurant. Needless to say, she got a scathing review that would soon see her closing her restaurant. Meanwhile, she went to a bar to drown her sorrows when she met Al Waters, and soon, she was showing this Brit around her city and the wonderful food and culture to be had there. Soon, they were falling in love. But would this love survive the truth, that Al Waters is A.W. Wodyski?

THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a wonderful story about food, soul mates and finding love where you least expect it. I love the part where they go around the city and Lou showed Al the city that she loved. I’m curious about squeaky cheese curds and hope to try them one day! The story flows and is well written, making it a joy to read. There were parts that were slow, and one surprising revelation toward the end that shouldn’t have surprised me but did.

Lou is a great heroine–warm, loving, generous, the ideal boss. Her only fault is that she was afraid to break free, to go after what’s in her heart. If it weren’t for the fact that she caught a scantily clad girl in her fiance’s flat one fine morning, she probably would have continued down that road, never mind that her fiance was all wrong for her. She would’ve continued with the restaurant serving French dishes, never mind that it’s not what she originally wanted to do. (The French theme was her fiance’s idea.)

Al is evidence of the fact that a person can change, with the right person. I like his banter with Lou, the way he appreciates her for the way she is, the way they share love of food in common.

Secondary characters like Sue, Harley and John added depth to the story. The secondary story about Gertrude and Otto Meyers was touching and warmed the heart; theirs truly is a testament of love growing deeper over the years.

“When you love someone…you are never alone.”

Rating: 4 stars

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Summary:

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

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