Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes

A Table by the Window is a very uplifting story about family, romance, and life. It is listed under Christian Fiction, but without any reference to scripture. The protagonist in the story is Juliette D'Alisa a food writer living in Portland, Oregon. Juliette had grown up in the food business. Her heritage a mixture of French and Italian spoke for itself; parents were proud owners a successful restaurant all of her life. That's where her heart  really is, but she got side tract after working with her brother in his restaurant and falling in love with his sous chef. Even though working as a food writer wasn't Juliette's first love it paid the bills. 

The story starts with the passing of Juliette's grandmother who came from France after the passing of her husband. She opened a pastry shop. Juliette inherited the work table still inhabiting the contents in the drawers. Inside one of the draws she found a photo in a cookbook that looked very much like her brother. The family resemblance was so close it put her on an investigation of who this man might be. 

In the mist of all this, she knows her family would love to see her with someone and she started to feel lonely. This leads her to an online dating service. Something she would have never thought of using, but she ends up meeting Neil, a physician who specializes in immunology and lives in Memphis. Long distant love doesn't really work for Juliette, but after meeting Neil she decides to give it a try. Plus the timing is perfect, because her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Not just that' but her brother has decided to try his hand at another restaurant business and would like for her to quit her job and join him. 

I really liked this book because it's morally written just right for a christian reader. Neil comes to visit Juliette; he stays at his place, she stays at hers.  The book also has some nice recipes: French Chocolate Cake, Simple Roast Chicken, etc. I can see myself actually using these recipes. I love to cook so it's one of my favorite Christian Fiction's.

The author Hillary Manton Lodge has pinned 14 other books  among them are: Plain Jane, Simply Sara. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism. She worked at Northwest Palate magazine where she did her internship.

I recieved this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for doing this review. I was not required to write a positive review, all thoughts and opinions are mine.

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