Monday, April 21, 2014

Review of "A Table by the Window" by Hillary Manton Lodge

I love this author; in fact, I'm pretty sure she's one of my new favorites. Although I had previously read and enjoyed her first two books, "Plain Jayne" and it's follow up, "Simply Sara", I didn't immediately realize that they shared a crossover character with "A Table by the Window" - Juliette, our heroine. The books don't necessarily intersect, nor is it required to read those prior to enjoying this one; they simply share some common ground.

Juliette D'Alisa is the youngest in a large and dynamic family of  restaurateurs. She is currently a food writer but has dreams for something more. When her brother Nico invites her to join him in starting a new restaurant venture, she is torn between her safe and somewhat enjoyable job, and the possibilities of succeeding in the restaurant world - for real this time. The author also adds an element of romance (long distance, perhaps?!) and a even mystery, courtesy of her recently deceased and much loved grandmother.

Juliette is extremely likeable and interesting. You'll want to be related to her family or at least become one of their best friends. The travel, foodie tidbits, recipes (written with fun tips), and layered relationships make this one of my favorite books. I can't wait for the next installment!

A Table by the Window

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.