Thursday, April 28, 2016

Together at the Table: A Novel of Lost Love and Second Helpings (Two Blue Doors) by Hillary Manton Lodge

Book Description:  Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.
In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.
As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.
Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.
But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?

My Thoughts:  I had mixed feelings about reading this book, simply because it's the third book in the Two Blue Doors trilogy.  It's the last book.  Maybe I'm too sappy but I enjoy reading a "series" of books and learning all about a characters life. 
This "last" book is simply wonderful!
It's interesting that the title of this book is Together at the Table because this book is chock full of wonderful, delicious foods.  Quite a few recipes are included too.  Yummy!
Juliette's family is all together in this last "chapter."  I loved reading about all of them, reading about all the fine food and well, the romance.
If you read, Reservations for Two, then you'll remember that the story didn't end well.  Neil and Juliette ended their relationship in tears and anger.  And Juliette goes back home and begins working with and seeing sous-chef Adrien.
Juliette feels that her heart just belongs to another.  
Then she begins reading her grandmother's letter from war-torn Paris.  It seems that these letters "speak" to Juliette's heart.
And Juliette uncovers truth in her family history.
I loved this ending to the triology of the Two Blue Doors.  

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

The first two books:

  • Series: Two Blue Doors
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731791

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