Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Club Friday: When in Doubt, Add Butter

This week for Book Club Friday I am reviewing When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison.


As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an ├╝berwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.
For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.



I had previously read Shoe Addicts Anonymous by the same author and was unimpressed by the book. However, I found this book to be great. I found the idea to be an interesting  and fresh idea for a chick lit book. One of my favorite parts of the book were Gemma's clients. They each had their own personality and story line. I felt like at the end of the book I cared about them getting a happy ending as I did for Gemma. While some of the characters seemed a little larger than life, they still managed to seem realistic. 
Another thing I loved about the book and what originally drew me to it was the food. I love chick lit that has a foodie element to it. It allows me to combine two of my love into one book. Overall, this was a fabulous book with lovable characters and an original plot-line. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a fun light read.

1 comment:

  1. i love her books!!! refreshing,true and funny :)