I have enjoyed reviewing books for the last 9 months or so. I love, love, love reading fiction books but many of the books I recently reviewed mostly non-fiction. When I saw this book, A Table by the Window, by Hillary Manton Lodge was up for review, I jumped at the chance to review it.
Y'all, I loved this book. Seriously loved this book. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like it because it started a bit slow. Either that or the fact that I have a little guy to take care of during the day, kept me from reading at a rate that I tend to enjoy. Haha!
Either way, this morning Matt was home from work, Mason was napping and I read the whole book in about 2 hours. I felt like this book was written a bit like Karen Kingsbury writes her books. You may not know this but Karen Kingsbury is my favorite author. This book was a bit of romance, family/history and included many French and Italian recipes. It was a perfect blend. (You can read the first chapter here.)
In the book, Hillary tells the story of Juliette who is a food writer/critic. Her grandmother recently passed away and she discovers some interesting information about her grandmother that she follows and tries to figure out throughout the book. Juliette and her brother, Nico, decide to open a restaurant and many of the trials and joys associated with that are woven through the book as well. There is also a bit of romance between Juliette and a physician.
I loved that this book was romantic but not overly romantic and not risque at all. I loved the dynamic of Juliette's French-Italian family. I loved the recipes, too. I will definitely be making some of them.
I was shocked at the end though. Why? Because I realized that there would be a sequel! Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to read a sequel but this book is brand new which means a sequel is still a while away! I hope I can wait. :)