Recipe for Second Chances

Montlake Romance: Amazon. Nov. 2023. 271p. ISBN 9781662513701. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT After recently being passed up for the promotion she deserved at a well-known food magazine, Stella Park is grateful to escape to Italy for her best friend’s week of wedding celebrations. For the food writer and recipe curator, attending an Indian/Italian wedding in the Italian countryside will be the break she desperately needs after her breakdown in her boss’s office. Then Stella comes face to face with Samuel Gordon, the one person who wanted everything from her, and whom she has compared every man to, since their last email exchange nine years ago. Sharing space with Samuel brings up all the agonizing anxiety and relationship doubts that Stella had buried and makes her wonder if she made a mistake all those years ago. Switching the narrative between the present and the past, from Stella and Sam’s first meeting and throughout their entanglement, keeps readers engaged and seeking that happily-ever-after.
VERDICT In her fiction debut, cookbook author Rosen (Modern Freezer Meals) creates main characters with believable motivations and emotional baggage in an engaging second-chance romance. Rustic Italian recipes are also included.
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