Ah, Hillary Manton Lodge, you definitely reeled me in with this series. I read the first book in this series 2 years ago and at the time, I didn't know it was a part of a coming sequel. Until I got to the end. I was so mad/sad that day! I waited nearly a year and got to read the second book and loved it equally. And then here we are another year later and I finally got to finish the story! Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge was BEAUTIFUL!!
This past weekend, Together at the Table arrived at my doorstep and I finished reading it in less than 36 hours. Hillary starts the book well and it was easy to get back on track where the last book left off. That being said, I also think that if you have not read the previous two books, you'd still be able to pick up pretty easily. I do think that it's best read after the other two, though.
As with the previous books, I loved the recipes included in the book. At the end of a few chapters, Hillary includes the recipe of something mentioned in the previous chapter. It's fun to not just hear about a fancier food but to actually see that it can be recreated with the recipe. That's just a fun addition to all three of the books, I think.
I loved continuing Juliette's story. The book picks up approximately 2-3 months after the last book, I believe and I thought that was good timing. Much has changed in Juliette's life in those few months and while so much is going well, much is unsettled, as well. The book focuses on her romantic relationships, family relationships, and also the mystery of her ancestors which was originally introduced in the first book and then continued into the 2nd book and concluded in the third book.
Overall, I thought it was all well written and I couldn't put it down!!
So, check it out but my recommendation is definitely reading the first two books, first. :)
**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.**