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Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Table by The Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn between the possibility to do something she loves and the “good” job she has with the newspaper.

Juliette is a food writer and critic who turned to online dating as a recipe for love. After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.  

Juliette attempts to unravel the mystery of the photo while keeping up with her demanding family, her hearts own demands, and the lure of her true calling. Facing a long-distance relationship with Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist living in Memphis, Tennessee, along with a potential career change, and dark family secret, Juliette must discover what she truly wants from life.

 A Table by the Window is filled with the warmth of family and food. The antics of the French-Italian D’Alisa clan were amusing and most big families will relate no matter the ethnicity. At the end of each chapter, there are real recipes for many of the items mentioned in the book. For anyone who is foodie and a book lover, this is a perfect combination of the two. 

If you are looking for a delightful, well-written, and engaging story, A Table by the Window is a definite treat to read; a story that revolves around family and food. The story was so good that you felt like you were sitting across the table listening to a friend tell their story and you get delicious recipes as a bonus. I am waiting to read the second book in the series, Reservations for Two, not available yet. A Table by the Window is a charming read that I definitely recommend.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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