Thursday, May 7, 2015

Reservations for Two: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons (Two Blue Doors, #2) by Hillary Manton Lodge

Book Description:  A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places.  Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up. Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life? As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries?

My Thoughts: I hope you had the opportunity to read A Table for Two, the first book in the Two Blue Doors by Hillary Manton Lodge.  Why?  Because it is the "prerequisite" for this read, Reservations For Two.  In A Table For Two Ms. Lodge sets the stage, the tone for the second book.
As much as I enjoyed A Table For Two...I really enjoyed Reservations For Two so much more. This second book is more of the story but delves deeper into the romance, the love and the hope of past and future generations.  
That's what Two Blue Doors means to me...Doors opening up with generations blending together through food and time.
And oh, the food!  I love culinary books!  But this read isn't just about foods, it's about family and working things out.
Neil and Juliette seem to have no problems as the travel through Provence and Tuscany is rich!
But then they real life sets in when they return home...Juliette's mother is seriously ill, Neil is in Memphis not just two doors down and Juliette misses him.  Her grandmother's letters from the 1940's are intriguing.  Interestingly enough, life seems to have its challenges in the 1940's too.
A GREAT read! 
This is the second book in a trilogy and you'll want to read all three in order.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Series: Two Blue Doors
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731777

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