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by Mallery, Susan.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 12 copies
Available (12)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F MAL
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F MAL
Community Library of Castle Shannon Fiction Fic Mallery
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Fic Mallery
Dormont Public Library Fiction F MALL
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F MALL
Jefferson Hills Public Library Fiction PB FIC MAL
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  PB FIC MAL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction MALLERY Susan
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  MALLERY Susan
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC MALLERY
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MALLERY
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Mal
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  Fic Mal
Robinson Library Fiction FIC MALLERY
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MALLERY
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction MALLERY
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  MALLERY
South Fayette Township Library Fiction FIC MAL
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MAL
South Park Library Fiction F MALLERY
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F MALLERY
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Mallery
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FIC Mallery
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, and fresh off a divorce from the owner, Jenna Stevens is desperate for a change. So when she spots a for-lease sign in her hometown, she impulsively decides to open her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But as soon as she gains a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents--aging hippies on a quest to reconnect.

Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with the parents who raised her and decide whether to open her heart to a man who just might be the best thing to happen to her in years. All without sacrificing her newly found dreams. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love....
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Jenna's ex-husband has not only broken her heart with his cheating ways, but he's also crushed her soul and what little faith she has left in herself as a professional chef. She leaves L.A. and heads back to her small Texas hometown, where she opens a culinary store, Grate Expectations. But with her lack of retail training and her introverted personality, she seems to be driving away as many customers as she pulls in. Flamboyant Violet, redeeming herself from a life on the street, becomes Jenna's assistant, and her creativity and people sense mesh perfectly with Jenna's knowledge and skill as a chef. However, just as business begins to boom, and Violet has boosted Jenna's confidence enough for her to offer cooking classes, a hippie-ish couple walks into Grate Expectations claiming to be Jenna's birth parents, and that's not their only secret. This poignant tale of family dynamics, the jarring impact of change, and eventual acceptance and healing is sure to please Mallery's (Straight from the Hip, 2009; Lip Service, 2009; Sunset Bay, 2009) many, devoted fans.--Mosley, Shelle. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
Divorced women -- Fiction.
Birthparents -- Fiction.
Women-owned business enterprises -- Fiction.
Cooks -- Fiction.
Love stories.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Don Mills, Ont. :Mira,2011
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions.
Description 358 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780778329510 (pbk.)
0778329518 (pbk.)
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