Monday, March 21, 2011
Rachel Hauck's Dining with Joy ~ Reviewed
Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance) [Paperback]
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 16, 2010)
Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can’t cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.
Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.
Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy’s secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.
But could Devine’s cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke--and her sister--forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?
Rachel Hauck always serves up a treat and Dining with Joy is a great addition to her literary menu! Joy finds herself trapped by the legacy of her late father, hosting his cooking show without any of the required skills. Her secret discovered by chef and failed restaurateur, Luke Redmond, the two combine skills to keep the show going until a rival host destroys their recipe for success. With unique characters, sparkling dialogue, complex relationships and a spiritual message to be savored, Dining with Joy is an engaging romance that is sure to please.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet