We were lucky enough to get our sticky little fingers on an ARC of Melissa Senate's latest THE LOVE GODDESS' COOKING SCHOOL and we have one warning. It's like the rule don't grocery shop on an empty stomach; don't read this book if you're hungry. I may or may not have gained five pounds over the two days I devoured it (those Halloween candy wrappers littered around me have nothing to do with it). It's also not a coincidence that every meal I've prepared over the past week has been Italian-inspired. And I seriously have Melissa to thank for helping to end my stove-strike. I even made chicken parmesan using homemade spaghetti sauce. Okay, okay, it wasn't my homemade sauce, it was Stacey's, but it still counts, right? Right.
Here's what the back cover has to say: Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine—a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can’t make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that’s why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla’s Cucinotta, she’s determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother’s legacy.
But Holly’s four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla’s chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter’s heart. Juliet, Holly’s childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can’t find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad, Liam, from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend. As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla’s essential ingredients of wishes and memories in every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed—and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.
Lila's Take: We've been so caught up in the world of YA that reading this book reminded us of our first love,
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