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Good end to the series
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An enjoyable and funny read
posted by kw50197 on December 10, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2010
An enjoyable and funny read
Joy and Luke's story was a warm and funny read. They both have contrasting sides to their personalities, an interesting mix of strength, kindness and vulnerability which makes them very real and likable. All of which made me want to root for them while at the same time wanting to roll my eyes at some of the rather unnecessary angst they put themselves through. The pacing as well as twists and turns of the story was also a rather enjoyable ride. It had me holding my breath waiting for the moment when Joy would be outed and guessing how she would overcome her difficulties. Couple that with the sexual tension between Joy and Luke, and Dining with Joy makes for highly entertaining and light read. I'd say romance fans looking for a light read would enjoy this one.
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Posted March 17, 2011
This is an okay read
I picked this book because a cooking show host that couldn't cook really appealed to me. This book started out slow to me. It took me a little more than 100 pages before I was drawn into the story. The story is focused around Joy Ballard. She is a celebrity host of a well know cooking show. Joy took over hosting after her father died suddenly. Joy has mixed emotions over her masquerade as a cook. So many people depend on her for their livelihood that I could sympathize with her character. This book also had several themes such as, forgiveness, redemption, trust and finding out who you really are, woven into the storyline. I liked Joy's character but at times she frustrated me. Her banter with Luke, a cook who's looking for a second chance, was great. I thought they had good chemistry together. My favorite character is Joy's mom, Rosie. She has an ongoing lawn rivalry with their next door neighbor. It is hilarious! Rosie and Joy also have the responsibility of raising her teenage nieces. The Ballards lead complicated lives full of hard lessons to learn. Overall this was an okay read for me. I did have trouble getting into the story but by the end I liked it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2010
Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck
This novel is set in the lowcountry of Beaufort, South Carolina and tracks the budding romance of a cooking show host who can't cook and the handsome man she meets who can. Written by best-selling Christian novelist Rachel Hauck, the book easily blends scripture verses and morality with a world that is not so quick to yield to peace and goodness. The drama that unfolds as the key character wrestles with her life's direction includes the tough choices that typify real-world dilemmas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I confess that, at first, I was not quick to embrace Hauck's writing style. The novel's opening sentence, a hefty 41 words, set off every red flag my high school literature teacher scorned. She loved brevity - and clarity. Dining with Joy was replete with Southern conversational clichés, but not a whole lot of romantic tension. Still, having said that, I do love a romance and, eventually, I began to turn the pages with a bit more anticipation. (Did I mention that I love a happy ending?) I got one - along with a few well-placed reminders that God is with me in every choice I make and that His love is enough. The handsome guy who also loves the Lord is mighty fine icing.
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