Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

I read a lot of books.  But I lose track of what I've read!  Sometimes, someone will tell me to read a certain title, I'll get all excited, start reading it and then at some point realize, "Hey!! I've read this before!"  I don't tend to remember a lot of the details, but I have a faint memory of the genereal idea of books I've read.  I decided I'm going to keep a book log with brief reviews here on my blog.

I just finished reading The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
This is a good book if you're just looking for something that's light-hearted and sweet. It might be a good one to read after you've finished something heavy. I guess The Coincidence of Coconut Cake falls into what is often referred to as the "chick-lit" category.  Does the "lit" part of that hyphenated word actually stand for literature?!  Or is it instead just a lazy spelling of the word light?  (That second idea makes more sense to me.)

To me, this book was a cross between "You've Got Mail", and one of those books about a girl that loves to cook.  It's a simple love story with an element of mistaken identity.  And there's a lot of talk about food- specifically, the food in Milwaukee- which prior to reading this book, I was totally unfamiliar with.  Now that I've learned some things about it, I've got to get my mouth on some cheese curds!

The main character of the book, Lou Johnson, is a chef, who's recently opened her own small restaurant.  She has a no good, horrible, very bad day--- She finds her fiance with another woman, and then, later that same day at work, everything goes horribly wrong.  And it just happens to be the day an anonymous restaurant reviewer pops in for a meal.  After his scathing review, her business suffers to the point of near destruction.

All the while, she meets Al- who happens to be the restaurant reviewer- But as they get to know each other and fall in love, she doesn't know his anonymous identity.  And since she refuses to talk about work, he doesn't realize she is the restaurant chef and owner that he wrote about.  Of course, eventually the truth comes out, and the big question is--- will love prevail?!  

Based on the sweet book title, and the cover of the book, you can probably guess how it turns out.  But even if you know, it's still a fun book to read.  I liked it- I did!  But I probably won't remember much about it within a couple of weeks.

I read different books, for different reasons.  If you are just looking for some cute little book to breeze through about love and food, this one is a smart choice!

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Now, it's onto the next book... and something tells me it's not going to be nearly as sweet as the Coconut Cake book!


Valerie said...

I'll keep the coconut book in mind for after my next heavy read, whatever it may be. (Maybe "You"?)

So, just testing this out, but there is a little box below that says, "Email follow-up comments to..." and my email address. I'm going to check it and hopefully if you respond, I'll get an email about it.

Kerri said...

ok valerie- testing 1,2,3. did it work?