Dining with Joy

November 1st. 2010

In between visits from trick or treaters last night, I finished reading Rachel Hauck’s new novel, Dining with Joy. I’m sorry to say I raced through the pages, but that’s the way it goes when I get my hands on one of her books. I love the way she spins stories that I can’t stop until I get to the end (kind of like with those “fun” sized Snickers that kept leaping into my mouth last night.) This book is a perfect fit with her other two Low Country novels –Beaufort, SC never had it so good as in the hands of R.H.– and her characters are, as always, memorable. This story felt so fresh because it’s set amid the spilled flour and melted butter of a cooking show. But instead of the expected setbacks, there was one huge secret that colored everything–the cooking show host can’t cook. Rachel handled the conflicts with a touching reality that didn’t let everything come out souffle perfect. Her genuine characters, their humorous dialogue, and heart-tipping crisis pulled the reader in and I just couldn’t shake free until long after the last of the candy was given out and the pumpkins had been brought in. Rush out to buy Rachel’s Dining with Joy, and while you’re at it, grab a slice of bananna bread–you’re going to want some. Believe me.

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