Throwback Thursday: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Hello, everybody! It’s time for another Throwback Thursday post 🙂

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago.  This is a great way to bring some of your old favorites back to life.
If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her@It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it!

For this week, I picked up The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert (Published on July 15, 2015)

 

YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future? 

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together. (Goodreads)

I read this book last September or sometime and I ABSOLUTELY loved it. (You can read my review here.)

Not only is the cover really tantalizing (who wouldn’t love delicious-looking coconut cake?), the story turned out to be as delicious as the cover. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Some readers may find the plot predictable and an overused trope, but I did love it. I really enjoyed how the allure of the city of Milwaukee slowly thaws Al’s ice in his heart and makes him a more endearing, compassionate person.
The presentation of downtown Milwaukee is also well-done. The lovely, enchanting local delicacies, attractive characters, and the solid plot… these ingredients are perfectly distributed throughout and adds a lot of flavors to this book, balancing everything out nicely.

And here’s the bonus – this book comes with a recipe for coconut cake which is on the cover.
If you are keen on baking, it’s worth giving this book a try and sampling the cake to see if it’s as delicious as it looks!


That’s it for today.

If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
I’d love to hear what you think of this book 🙂

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next Throwback Thursday! 😀

Noriko

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Award: Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog

Thank you so much, Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for nominating me for this ‘Real Neat Blog’ award!
I’ve really started to sound like a broken record, but I cannot believe the number of awards that I have received in the last couple of months!
Jo-Ann and I met about a month ago and she has been so nice and sweet since our first meet 🙂
Thank you so, so much once again for even thinking of me!

If you haven’t already, go hurry over to Jo-Ann’s blog! She’s just come back from her vacation, you get to see wonderful, awesome pics there! Plus, do enjoy her relaxing, soothing ‘Daily Walk’ posts; they will definitely make you feel like taking a walk with her! I love that segment!!

 

Okay, the rules for sharing the Real Neat Blog Award:

 

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs.
  • Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love.
  • Notify the nominated folk.
  • Ask your nominees seven questions of your own.

 

Questions from Jo-Ann:

1. What is your favorite genre?
I’m not completely sure about genres and I don’t know if I can accurately pigeonhole a book into a certain genre. So, I would say books like The Pillars of the Earth! I know you’re getting sick of me coming back to this book over and over and over again, but I cannot help it.

Yes, you are AWESOME!!

2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it?


I’m pretty close to finishing The Pillars and I’m certain that I’ll give this book hands down 5 stars, but let’s leave it aside for now and talk about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
What I love the most about the book is the emotional connection that I had with this book. This book is incredibly visceral, gut-wrenching, heart-ripping, downright sad. I really love and appreciate how emotionally engaging this book is. I also appreciate how this book deals with some serious subject matters such as life, respect (of life) and dignity. I am so glad this book didn’t end up being another Chick-Lit which heavily focuses on romance and perfunctorily touches (or passes off touching) such issues. Light, fluffy, happy-go-lucky romance books are all well and good, I do want to read them every now and then, but those books tend to leave a much smaller impact on me. I love books that emotionally wreck me and shatter me. Weird as it might sound, but that’s true.

3. Who is your favorite author?
Ken Follett! I’ve only read one book from him, but I think he is a master of storytelling. it surely takes plenty of skills and creativity to keep the readers engaged and entertained throughout the book as thick and big as The Pillars of the Earth.

4. What keeps you from attaining your goals?
Life. There are times when things which are beyond your control get in the way. You have to ride it out and let nature run its course in such situations.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Does it sound shallow if I say I don’t have any specific life goals and objectives?? Honestly, I don’t. I have no idea where I’ll be in five years. I will simply live each day doing what I really love and I’m passionate about. If that leads me to a happier life, that’ll be great.

6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Interactions that I get to have with my friends and readers 🙂 Writing book reviews and coming up with ideas can be pretty tough and daunting at times, but whenever I receive positive responses and sweet comments, they’ll make me extremely happy. I’ll be like, ‘life is good.’ Seriously.

7. How do you start off your morning?
As soon as the alarm on my iPhone goes off, I go straight to WordPress and check all the comments and likes to catch up with them. (at this point, I’m still in bed.)
About 5 to 10 minutes later, I peel myself off my bed, switch on my PC, check Twitter/Goodreads and e-mail.
When I’m done, I pick up my Kindle and do some reading for the next 30 to 1 hour and then I wash my face, put on a makeup and do my hair while watching some YouTube videos. Then I fix my breakfast which usually consists of a piece of toast and a yogurt bowl topped with some fruits (mostly bananas) plus coffee, squeeze some reading again, and then I get ready and leave for work.

 

My Nominees:

I only picked a handful of people here thinking that most of you have already done this award! Lol
No pressure as always and take however long you need 🙂 Most importantly, you can feel free to skip it! No worries!

 

My questions to the nominees: (some my own, some from Jo-Ann)

1.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. What do you love most about blogging?
4. Who is your favorite author?
5. What keeps you from attaining goals?
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
7. What quality do you look for a friend? What about them attracts you the most?

That’s it! We’ve made it.
Thank you all so much once again- this award and recognition have been brought by your continuous support!

Hope you enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko

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