Hot Dish

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Here she is...

Years ago, Jenn Lind’s family’s dynasty crashed, forcing them to move out of their Atlanta penthouse and into a cabin in Fawn Creek, Minnesota. But Jenn saw a way out—she’d win the Buttercup Pageant, grab the scholarship, and run far, far away. The plan almost worked too, until some conniving townspeople cheated her out of her tiara. Still, she swore she’d make it out someday…

Miss Minnesota?

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Overview

Here she is...

Years ago, Jenn Lind’s family’s dynasty crashed, forcing them to move out of their Atlanta penthouse and into a cabin in Fawn Creek, Minnesota. But Jenn saw a way out—she’d win the Buttercup Pageant, grab the scholarship, and run far, far away. The plan almost worked too, until some conniving townspeople cheated her out of her tiara. Still, she swore she’d make it out someday…

Miss Minnesota?

Twenty years later, she’s on the cusp of real stardom. She’s about to leave for New York to be crowned queen of daytime TV when Fawn Creek asks her to be grand marshal of the town’s sesquicentennial. Her network accepts, delighted over the potential PR, especially since she’ll be sharing the “honor” with international celebrity Steve Jaax, a man she got tangled up with once long ago. Between the all too attractive Steve, the townspeople, and a hundred pound butter sculpture, Jenn may never escape Fawn Creek. Or even worse, she might.

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Connie Brockway, well known for her historicals, takes her first cut at contemporary romance in an irresistible love story laced with humor and starring the oldest living butter sculpture as McGuffin. The 20-year-old sculpture is that of Jenn Lind, who hoped to win the Buttercup Pageant, earn a scholarship, and get out of Fawn Creek, Minnesota, for good. The sculpture, which was saved by Jenn's adoring parents, was an early effort by now-famous sculptor Steve Jaax, champion of "Been There, Done That, Wish I Hadn't." Now it's 20 years later. Jenn, the Minnesotan Martha Stewart, is about to make it big on daytime TV; her new network likes the idea of her being a marshal at the town's sesquicentennial. Jaax, coasting on his fame, has been invited as the other celebrity marshal. Brockway could stop right there, but she adds to the fun with extra plotlines --some small-town blackmailers, looking to kidnap the butter head; Jenn's loving but eccentric family; her old enemies from high school; her gay best friend; and some other wonderful complications. You know the romance between Jenn and Steve will heat up, and it does -- in the fish house, on the ice -- but not before these two overachievers discover the pluses and minuses of celebrity, revenge, and hometown living. Great fun for Brockway fans, old and new. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451219831
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of seventeen full length novels, Connie Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband and several dogs. An adult daughter has managed to escape to warmer climes. For now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Loved it!

    Original. Inventive. Loaned to friends who loved it. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    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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