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! 😀


11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

  1. Jay and I too much alike…coconut cake is my favorite cake! I want to eat the cover of the book! I’m going to have to add this one to the TBR. Your description of the book was perfect. Now you just need to bake that cake 💗😊

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    • Noriko says:

      Thank you, Stephanie! Speaking of Jay, I remember both you and Jay are Pisces! No wonder you two are alike!!
      Ooops, do I need to bake that cake?? Well, I guess… lol


      • Yes, we are!! That explains some things!
        You should! My grandmother always made the most wonderful coconut cakes when I was growing up and I think that’s why they are my favorite now. I always have one on my birthday ❤

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