Thursday, May 7, 2015

Reservations for Two by Hillary Lodge + Family Christian GC #Giveaway! #Fcblogger

*Disclosure* I received a copy of this book from Family Christian. All thoughts are 100% mine. 




I recently received this book for review and I have to admit, Reservations for Two quickly went to my top 5 list so far this year. I was able to read the first book in the series, A Table by the Window, last year but my obsession with Hillary's novels started back with Plain Jayne. She is an excellent author and though I am not a big fan of Amish books, her Plain and Simple series is still on my shelf:) And for someone who clears out her bookshelf at least twice a month, that is saying a lot. This new series is not Amish but centers around a bakery. And the recipes included inside just add to the specialness of this book. Okay, I made a new word there, specialness isn't in any dictionary but they really do help add something.



The two main characters are very familiar and I felt like I was re-uniting with old friends. Juliette D'Alisa is the restaurant owner who used to be a food writer. Her boyfriend would be Neil McLaren, the one who lives in Memphis Tennessee while she lives in Washington, Oregon. Of course, there is a lot of traveling in this book including a trip to a quaint little French chateau. Things are grand and they find themselves falling more in love with each other. But their whole life won't be a vacation trip and once they get back home, will they still feel the same way?



Juliette is definitely a woman who is able to take care of herself but I loved how she tended to lean on Neil when he was available. The night of her grandfather's party in Montalcino showed me how much she depended on him. As I am sure you can tell, food plays a big part in this series. Recipes are found at the end of each chapter but even in the story there is always mention of lovely meals and mouth watering deserts. Believe me, you do not want to read this while you are hungry! I love how both characters are portrayed and how they grow together.

THE GIVEAWAY
One person will win a $10 gift certificate to Family Christian. This can be used online or in store. USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 5/22 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

29 comments:

Linda Kish said...

I do like recipes that are included.

Mary Hart said...

Have not read any of Hillary Manton Lodge's books, but they sound worth reading!

Michelle Faile said...

I love reciepes in any books! Food is one of my passions! If I won the certificate I would buy my daughter God Bless My Boo Boo.

Lis K said...

I like recipes in novels only if they sound do-able :)
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Deanne said...

I love to cook and bake and adding recipes in a book makes the book all the greater. This sounds like a spectacular book and I love you said it feels like revisiting old friends. I know I would enjoy reading this. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity !
Deanne
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rubynreba said...

I do enjoy recipes in a book but i rarely write them down or use them.
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I like the faith, hope, love stretch bracelet.
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kathy55439 said...

Yes love books with cooking 8 deal but never make them lol

Abigail said...

Absolutely! They make the book come to life!

blew415 said...

Ive never read any of her books but love recipes

Jessica B. said...

I would love to try a recipe in her book. jj250@aol.com

Jessica B. said...

I like the retirement plaque for my mom. jj250@aol.com

Jennifer Pittman said...

I like recipes in a fiction novels but I only sometimes will try them if it looks really good.

Michelle Faile said...

I would get Bethel Music's Brave CD!

Julie Waldron said...

Yes, I do. I like recipes from anywhere.

Julie Waldron said...

I like the Country Kitchen Home Is Being With My Family Picture Frame.

Julie Waldron said...

Unbroken on DVD, we saw it the theatre & loved it! I want our girls to see it.

Kayla Bennett said...

I dont mind recipes in a fiction novel, but it seems a bit out of place to me.

nayda said...

I don't really care either way. Truth is, I rarely read the recipes (not big into cooking) but they don't bother me either.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I like having recipes in a novel.

Nancy
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kathy dalton said...

I like recipes in novels very much

lynz said...

I love them!

Crystal Rose said...

It depends on where they are. I don't mind them if they're at the back of the book. Otherwise, no thank you.

Morgan Hood said...

I love a good recipe no matter when it comes from! :)

Peggy Johnson said...

Yes, they are fun to try something within a story

Donna said...

I think recipes in novels is always a nice bonus.

Angela Saver said...

Yes, I do enjoy recipes in a fiction novel. It doesn't bother me at all.

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Angela Saver said...

I would love to get the WOW 2013 CD!

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Crystal Rose said...

I like the Mosaic Flower Stepping Stone Kit.

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