The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

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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.

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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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, ©2015.
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501100710
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,21 cm.


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May 27, 2018

I loved reading this book of love, food, romance, and second chances. Chef Lou, owner of Luella's has a very bad day and unfortunately takes it out on her food. By chance, a food reviewer was in that night and she received a review that has horrific consequences. Fortunately, Al is a lover of good food and the thought of a dropped coconut cake that left the smell of vanilla in its path and burned in Al's brain. When Al and Lou cross paths again, Lou agrees to introduce Al to the finer points of Milwaukee, a town he dislikes. As they venture, Al realizes he has been missing the best things in life, most a wonderful girl named Lou. Al keeps the fact that he wrote that scalding review to himself but as the secret comes out, will the girl go out of his life? A wonderfully cute, romantic read that will leave you salivating as the food is described. This is the second book I have read by Amy Reichert, "Simplicity of Cider" was the first, and cannot wait to read the next one that I have, "Love, Luck and Lemon Pie". Just great books with characters to which you can connect.

Mar 16, 2017

Very enjoyable story. It would be devastating to have one food critic review close a restaurant. One that you put your heart and soul into. I liked the relationship between Lou and Al. She and Devlin not so much. I didn't even understand why she and Devlin were even together. This is a great chick lit story that is coming out in July. Make sure to pick a copy up.

ontherideau Feb 23, 2017

Predictable, silly and slightly addictive. In a time when people push shopping carts through Costco while eating hot dogs, the descriptions of delightful sensory eating are of value. Food is more than fuel.

Nov 10, 2016

Lighthearted fast read-good for a plane ride!

jabberbooky Sep 23, 2016

Simply a fun read. Not deep at all but if you just want to enjoy the way a story unfolds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (of all places) with entertaining characters that you will root for. This is it!

Jun 22, 2016

Entertaining. Clever plot. Good summer read.

PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

This book might be touted as a love story between a chef and a food critic, but what it really is is a love letter to Milwaukee, seen through the eyes of an outsider who hadn't really found his footing and a native with a knack for finding all the great stuff. It's a story about real people with real screwups--though some of the resolutions were a little too easy, which is what made this not-quite-the-perfect-story.

Also, I really want some deep fried cheese curds right now.

Jan 04, 2016

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a love story and nothing more.

I had thought it would be more focused on Lou working hard for her restaurant, but it wasn't.

I also thought the whole love at first sight, "she's the most beautiful creature in the whole universe and absolutely leaves me breathless" thing going on from Al's point of view was very....cliche, dull, unrealistic, etc.

I usually read more sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian kind of thing, novels with more action and intensity, so when I look at this book from that point of view it was rather boring. But when I judge it for what it is (a chick lit love story) it was pretty good. It had romantic moments, although the novel did call to mind the manic pixie dream girl trope. It also had good characters and character development. They were understandable and relatable and made me care. There was also a very jaw-dropping reveal toward the end which I really loved, because it spiced things up. For all of these reasons I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting. It's definitely lacking the action aspect that I need in a book, did what it did well. It was a cute love story, so I would recommend it to those who like that kind of thing. I don't particularly, but I still enjoyed the novel!

Dec 21, 2015

Typical, typical, stereotypical storyline (girl meets guy but it's all wrong and muddled and they have to figure it out, the way to a man's heart is through good baking, etc. etc. etc.), but fun to read anyway. I forgot to copy the recipe for Coconut cake at the end! A girly story to lose a few sweet hours in.

Nov 17, 2015

This book gave me a sugar headache. The story line was too predictable for my taste.
The parts I liked most were learning about food in Milwaukee.

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