Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

What They Say......From the acclaimed author of The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper
Clubs comes a witty, honest novel, perfectly seasoned with both humor and heart, about daring to bite into the life you really want…

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it—though she does that too—but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs—until she’s left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers’ market.

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn’t going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp—along with her relationship and her reputation…

What I Say.....Ahhh, perfect chick lit.  I read it in one day.  Smart heroine who is in a crappy job? Check.  Smart heroine loses crappy job? Check.  Prettier sister who has the perfect life? Check. Ex-boyfriend who burned her? Check.  New guy that is obviously perfect for her, but comes with flaws? Check.

Yep, all the ingredients for the perfect weekend read.  I loved it.

After looking at her Goodreads profile, I saw that this was only the author's second book, but it definitely didn't read like it.  The dialogue was crisp, the characters were fleshed out.

A light, fun, smart read.

4/5 stars.

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