Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Posted 21 August, 2015 in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. ReichertTitle: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Genres: Chick Lit
Release Date: July 21, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About The Coincidence of Coconut Cake:

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.

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.

Review:

This book was pretty so-so.

I always enjoy a light chick lit, which this was. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone back to this genre, so that part of the reading experience was fun.

And it was a fun read. It was easy and light, as well as funny at parts. The perfect beach read – which makes me mad that it was the only paperback I planned to read at the beach earlier this summer. I ended up taking out of my bag at my parents house right before we left and left it there. #wompwompwomp

Anyway, the book was good in that respect.

However, it was also very cliche. In the beginning, Al says/thinks something about the menu being generic. I felt that way about a good chunk of the book. Lou’s whole character, especially. And it’s so hard to get into a book when you don’t like one of the POV characters.

But also I want to go to Milwaukee now. I don’t even like beer and I want to go on one of the brewery tours. The tourism board should thank Amy. 😛

About Amy E. Reichert

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

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