The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is the sweetest novel by Amy E. Reichert. I devoured it, every tasty word. Yes - lots of food play here. Because Coconut Cake tells the story of young Luella and her dream to have a top-notch restaurant serving fine French food and pastries. And she does. But, she also has a fiance named Devlin (if his name sounds close to devil for you, that's not a Coincidence) who doesn't quite support her dream kitchen. After a sordid turn of events involving the fiance, a coconut cake, and a restaurant review, Luella's finds that making her dreams come true isn't as easy as it seems. Yet...worth it.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, so much so I immediately downloaded her other book, Luck, Love, and Lemon Pie, and pre-ordered The Simplicity of Cider (to be released 5-16-2017!).
From Amy's website: (http://www.amyereichert.com/)
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.
I happily give this fun, flirty read a solid ☕☕☕☕ and I look forward to more work from this author.