I love this book. I usually don't like books that have to do with food but sometimes I make exceptions. So glad I didn't skip it, this one is a winner. The writing was superb. The characters were well developed. It had the perfect mixture of romance, comedy and drama. In my head, it played like a movie. A movie I want to see on the big screen someday.
Lou is a chef and also the owner of Luella's, named after her grandmother. She is a sweet person who had a dream and she was fighting for it to become a reality. Despite not having a family, she had a purpose in life and she was not jaded. She was someone I'd like to meet. She was surrounded by good friends. Her family worked for her at the restaurant.
Al was the opposite, he was bitter. He had moved from England to the States escaping his job of following the Royals to become a food critic. But he was unhappy until he meets Lou who agrees to help him out and show him her town as she knows it. This is were Al transforms himself from a sullen character to a guy who is happy with his life, the town he lives in and the girl showing him the ropes. He starts enjoying his job more and he opens himself up to new friendships. The scene at the restaurant towards the end was painful to read. I felt bad for him.
In regards to the secondary characters, John needs a book for sure. I already know I like him.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.