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Posted December 12, 2007
Posted November 8, 2006
Hot Dish Delivers!
I used to say that Connie Brockway was one of my favorite historical romance authors. I have to amend that statement now to say that Connie is one of my favorite romance authors, period! Her contemporary debut, Hot Dish, more than lives up to expectations. It is a funny-melancholy and touching tribute to small towns everywhere and what it takes, emotionally and physically, to `come home¿ to them. I laughed out loud, I was brought to tears, and I empathized with the heroine in her love/hate relationship with Fawn Creek, Minnesota. Not being a native Minnesotan, it took me a while to understand that Minnesota Nice means many things to many people. Living in a village that doesn¿t even qualify as a town gave me insight to heroine Jenn Lind¿s struggle to adapt to small-town upper-midwest life. Jenn Hallesby Lind thought she had it all. A brand new TV show that will skyrocket her career to the level of success she¿s always dreamed of. Name recognition, pots of money, and it doesn¿t hurt that she¿s a former beauty queen, even if she doesn¿t want to talk about that particular chapter in her life. She¿s shaken the dust (snow) of that small town off her designer shoes (boots) and turned her back on her past. It comes back to haunt her in the shape of a butter head. You know, the butter head, the one that I¿d never heard of until I went to the Minnesota State Fair for the first time. Just imagine: your head, forever immortalized in a forty-pound block of butter. Well, at least until they melt it down for some dairy association dinner. Turns out her parents have preserved her butter head for eternity. Yes, forty pounds of twenty-something year old butter¿ Steve Jaax is at the pinnacle of his career. To think it took carving a butter head and a stint in jail to get him there. He¿s a successful sculptor who still harbors a great deal of anger toward his first ex-wife (there¿ve been a few since then). That¿s okay because her rancor equals his. To spite her, he hid something from her and then thought he¿d lost if forever. Then word reaches Steve that the butter head that he attributes with turning his career around still exists. Steve wants it. Or at least that¿s what he wants everyone around him to believe. Jenn and Steve are tapped to be co-grand marshals -WITH the butter head ¿ of Fawn Creek¿s Sesquicentennial Celebration. As a result, they both return to the small town. Jenn with a measure of resentment and Steve with a sense of wonder. Jenn, Steve, and the assorted characters (oh my heavens, the CHARACTERS) in Fawn Creek will have you smiling, laughing, and very nearly crying at times. And it¿s just possible that you¿ll identify with having a dream and going for it only to realize it might not be what you really wanted after all.
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Posted March 1, 2007
Don't judge a book by its cover.
As the saying goes, 'Don't judge a book by it's cover,' and that holds true with this book. When I saw this book in the store it caught my eye and when I read the back of the book it seemed very interesting. It wasnt. The whole story is about a head carved out of butter and a key that is stuck inside of it. I found it dreadfully boring and wish I never bought it. Usually I can't put a book down because it is so good. I didn't want to put this book down just so I could finish it faster.
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