The Cookbook Club


I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

When I saw the title of this, and the author, I knew I wanted to read it.  I collect cookbooks and I have read and enjoyed other books by Beth Harbison.  This one did not disappoint.

Three very different women, each finding themselves at a crossroads in their lives for very different reasons, come together at a cookbook club.  Margo was just dumped by her husband and is in the throes of a divorce.  Aja is unexpectedly pregnant and not in a relationship with the father at this point. Trista has left behind her law career and done a complete life about face by opening a bar.   The novel follows each of the women as they face their personal challenges.  I appreciated that this was not ridiculously sweet or sassy; the characters had more of a realistic feel to them.  

Good women’s fiction read exploring themes of friendship, second chances, and family.


The Cottage of New Beginnings


I received  a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

I found the cover of this so appealing and requested it from NetGalley based upon that.  I am a fan of Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell, Trisha Ashley, etc and this seems to be aiming at that same base.  The lead,  Annie is both a fun and sympathetic character and the village portrayal is lovely.  The novel tells the tale from Annie’s return to the village and continues  through her trials and tribulations as she finds her footing there, recovering from an engagement gone wrong. The plot seemed somewhat rushed to me, but nevertheless an enjoyable romance read.