The coincidence of coconut cake

by Reichert, Amy E., 1974-

Format: Print Book 2015.
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Summary
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.

Don't miss Amy's newest work of women's fiction: The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go !

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Debut novelist Reichert writes a delightful foodie tribute to You've Got Mail. Opening her own French restaurant, Luella's, is Lou's dream come true. The worst day of her life, on which she tries to surprise her fiancé with a coconut cake for his birthday only to find that the surprise is on her, ends with a terrible night in the kitchen and a scathing review from an anonymous critic. Lou sets out to drown her sorrows at a local pub, where she runs into British transplant Al Waters. Lou drunkenly offers to show him the very best of Milwaukee, and he accepts. Lou and Al agree not to talk about anything work related when they meet. Their friendship slowly becomes more, but what chance do they have when Al realizes that he is responsible for the review that brought about the downfall of Lou's restaurant? Well-developed secondary characters and detailed descriptions of the Milwaukee food scene will leave readers hungry for more. Fans of Stacey Ballis and Erica Bauermeister will find lots to love.--Quillen, C. L. Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Women cooks -- Fiction.
Food writers -- Fiction.
Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Fiction.
Wisconsin -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :2015.
Edition First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes Gallery readers group guide.
Description 318 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781501100710
1501100718
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