Table Manners

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The star of Mia King's "entertaining"(Seattle Times) debut novel Good Things is back-and she's got a full plate.

Deidre McIntosh is everyone's favorite go-to person. She seems so successful, so capable, so just plain perfect, with a popular cooking show, her own line of cakes and cookies, and an ideal relationship with Kevin Johnson-considered one of the most desirable men in Seattle.

Then Kevin's ex-fiancée, sultry magazine publisher Sabine ...

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Overview

The star of Mia King's "entertaining"(Seattle Times) debut novel Good Things is back-and she's got a full plate.

Deidre McIntosh is everyone's favorite go-to person. She seems so successful, so capable, so just plain perfect, with a popular cooking show, her own line of cakes and cookies, and an ideal relationship with Kevin Johnson-considered one of the most desirable men in Seattle.

Then Kevin's ex-fiancée, sultry magazine publisher Sabine Durant, suddenly appears, and Deidre needs help. Already intimidated by Kevin's glamorous, moneyed world-and his sister, who wants Deidre out of Kevin's life-she fears she's no match for Sabine. And the go-to girl must figure out where to go next before the tablecloth is pulled out from under her...

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"King's fun, witty, recipe-spiked sequel to Good Things (2006) is so charming, readers will be delighted."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425227893
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,422,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Low Recommendation unless you just need "filler" reading

    This book reminded me of a Harlequin Romance with just a tad more substance. Good for a beach read or when you don't want to have to think too hard.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Table Manners: Double Delicious

    "Table Manners," by Mia King, is like a light, airy and double delicious chocolate mousse.that, yes, leaves you craving for more; wouldn't it be nice to get a sequel, perhaps? In fact, it was only after I read the book that I learned that "Table Manners" was a sequel to Mia's 2006 book "Good Things." Obviously, you do not have to read "Good Things" as a prerequisite.

    Anyway, the book targets a 40ish audience and unveils a main character Deidre who is sweet, utterly smart and, oh, so hip and mod. I went beyond what I interpreted as, at times, shallowness and appreciated the fact that I did not have to over think Deidre's motives, desires and, basically, the things that make her tick. This, in most part, goes for the other characters, too.

    What I also like is that the author accentuates the positive aspects of her characters. There is even hope for villainous Marla. This element is a refreshing one, especially in a world that seems fueled by the media's penchant for the macabre vision of life.

    Characters aside, Mia's strongest suit is plot development. Each element of surprise that the author creates enticed me to devour the book swiftly and fully. Who, after all, would not sail through "Table Manners"? Mia cranks up the volume with a witty and sitcom-ish style. What could possibly go wrong, goes wrong in Deidre's world. Whether she bakes an array of botched up cookies or misinterprets the motives of her boyfriend, I could not help but languish over each page. The book's ending offers a good surprise punch.sequel, Mia, please! The best part is that after readers finish reading the book, they can test out the recipes offered at the end. Good books, like good food, make for a delicious life worth living.just mind your manners!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    Table Manners Rocks!

    I ate Table Manners up in one sitting almost! Mia King weaves her story and characters so well it felt like I had been picked up and plopped right dab in the middle of the action with them! The most impressive thing I loved about Table Manners was the characters were so down to Earth and so very believable. They didn't seem fictional at all.

    My heart went out to Deidre for the struggles she endured in Table Manners with her new business, trying to fit in with her wealthy boyfriends lifestyle, putting up with his nosy sister and ex-girlfriend and yet still having time to put her friends problems first. She is an inspiration to all women who struggle to balance a family and career in these hard and trying times.

    Table Manners revolves around food and Mia has added some yummy recipes that are sure to tickle the taste buds! I have big plans on trying a few of them for an upcoming family celebration.

    http://jensbooktalk.blogspot.com/

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

    King does it again!

    Table Manners is a great read! I am a mother of 2 young children and run my own business. I am crazy-busy pretty much every day, but making time to read Mia King's Table Manners is something that touches multiple senses! The characters are likable and the novel reads smooth as butter (pun intended - tee hee). Chapters fly by faster than I'd like the book to end! C'mon, it's great chick lit for foodies! Does it get any better than that?!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    One of My Favorite Authors!

    Table Manners is about Diedre McIntosh, a former television host whose life was turned upside down in the Good Things. In that first novel, I came to truly care about the characters and was left wanting more. I wanted to know what happened next! With Table Manners, I wasn't disappointed. I followed Diedre through the next chapter of her life, as things were once again turned upside down for her. Will she and Kevin stay together, or will his ex-fiance' steal him away? Will Diedre's new cookie line soar or sink? Will Kevin's sister ever accept Diedre? You'll have to read the book yourself to find out!

    If you're looking for a great novel with characters you can really care about, a novel that makes you want to read it all in one sitting, even if you can't, you should read all of Mia King's novels! My only suggestion would be that you read Good Things before Table Manners, as it's a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    A Great Follow Up

    Table Manners is a great follow up to Good Things! Mia King has brought back our favorite characters Deidre, Kevin, William, Lindsey and Marla and it is like no time has passed since we last saw these wonderful characters. You do not want to put this book down, because you want to see what is going to happen to Deidre, Kevin and even Marla.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Looking for a fun, romantic read? Mia King's Table Manners & Good Things will definitely hit the spot!

    Synopsis:

    Mia King's Table Manners opens just a few months after the first novel, Good Things, ended.

    Deirdre has her television show up and running but her gourmet cookie line is stalled in production. Deirdre's friend William is preparing for his commitment ceremony with his live-in partner. Lindsay is recovering from illness but has lost interest in her diner Wishbone. While Kevin and Deirdre are still very much in love, the sudden appearance of Kevin's ex-fiancee Sabine causes Deirdre anxiety.

    Is Deirdre's happy ending starting to unravel?

    Review:

    I had loved Good Things and was so excited to read the sequel Table Manners. But just as I was about to start, I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy the sequel as much as the first book because Good Things was just so fun. I couldn't see how Mia King could add to Deirdre and Kevin's love story. I was wrong again!

    Mia King does just that! In Table Manners Deirdre continues to care for her many friends, bond with Kevin's family, and support Kevin with the same humor and spirit that endeared her to readers in Good Things. Meanwhile, Sabine and Marla Banks add just enough spice to the story for us to worry.

    If you enjoy books that incorporate food into the plot, you'll love that food is an important part of the story in Mia King's books. As in Good Things, this book includes recipes of dishes mentioned in the novel. Here are some of the recipes you'll find: Leek and Proscuitto Tart, Summer Beef Bourguignonne Skewers, Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout with Warm Summer Tomato-Olive-Caper Salad, Hunan-Style Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Nicoise Vegetable Ragout, Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Green Tea Tart with Lychees and Raspberries, Macarons Chocolat, Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, Lemongrass Green Tea, Lychee Martini with Crystallized Ginger.

    I highly recommend Table Manners to anyone looking for a fun love story. It's a great summer read! If you haven't read Good Things yet, start the love story from the beginning. Here's the link to my review of Good Things.

    Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 4, 2009), 336 pages.
    Courtesy of the author and publisher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Another great novel from Mia King

    See my full commentaries on my blog: http://enbuscadeequilibrio.blogspot.com/2009/08/table-manners.html

    I loved seeing what happened in Deidre's life after Good Things left off. King did an excellent job of writing a novel that can be read as the sequel to Good Things or as a stand alone novel with enough background information for new readers to get it, and not so much that those who have read Good Things feel like they are rereading the first novel. There was a great balance.

    To my delight, King had a great blend of predictability and surprises. The plot unfolded in a different way than I had expected. When certain components seemed to reach their resolution, I was left wondering what more would happen in the book. I loved the way the plot flowed. Once again King crafted a great novel.

    I loved the book, and it clenched my thought that I would want to get a copy of any future books that King writes as soon as they are available.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    A DELICIOUS READ IN MORE WAYS THEN ONE

    I picked up Table Manners the sequal to Good Things the day Table Manners was realeased, I went to grabbed a chi tea and settled into an air conditioned corner seat at a local coffee shop and began reading. I couldn't put it down it was that fun and exciting. A quick easy read with great continued character development. An Excellent read!!! I look forward to reading her next book's. The recipies in the back were fantastic, deffinetly an added bounus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Good Things Gets Even Better with Table Manners!

    Deidre McIntosh, who we first meet in Mia King's debut novel, GOOD THINGS, is back in TABLE MANNERS. The very talented and creative foodie, has put the past behind her and is looking ahead to new ways to promote herself and launch a new line of cookies. Everything is going well in her business and her love life until the ultra-gorgeous and sophisticated ex-fiance of HER boyfriend, Sabine, appears on the scene. That's when things start to heat up!

    I really enjoyed this book not only for the fun, romantic story and the great character development but also for the creative ways Deidre found to solve what seemed like impossible situations and for the amazing recipes at the end of the book.

    Even though TABLE MANNERS is a sequel to GOOD THINGS, the story can stand alone and is a perfect summer read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 31, 2014

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    Table Manners is a satisfying read from cover to cover. What a treat of indulgence! It was like sitting down to a table with old friends and listening to their new adventures. I am content and happy. Just like after a favorite meal!

    It was with both reservation and anticipation I began reading Table Manners, the sequel to Good Things. How could my appetite for another Deidre McIntosh obstacle and recovery novel compare to her first? Well, let it be said that I was not only satisfied, but satiated both by story line and character development. We not only revisit Lake Wish in my home state of Washington, but are taken to my favorite City of Lights - Paris! The story moves quickly, and like a good meal, it is over before you know it. (I can not believe I read the whole thing in just two days!) The good news is, there is a "dessert." In the final pages, we are treated to some very appealing and inspiring recipes. Congratulations Ms. King on your new endeavor! Bon Appetite readers!

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Table Manners - Sequel to Good Things

    So what did I think about Table Manners?
    I gobbled it up in one sitting and found myself fully satisfied!

    I was really drawn into the lives of the characters and felt their struggles and victories. But beware, this book will make you hungry with all of the tempting foods mentioned along the way! Thankfully, Mia has included many of the fantastic recipes in the back and on her site.

    Mia has already begun her 4th novel, and, as an avid fan, I am eagerly awaiting its release! Will we meet back up to learn more about Deidre? Or, perhaps a visit with Marissa from Sweet Life? Maybe we'll meet someone new altogether. I guess I'll have to wait and see, but whomever it is, I'm certain I won't be disappointed

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    Great sequel to Good Things!

    Even though this book had a few slow spots it still held my interest and my love for Deirdre continued. Mia's characters have real personalities and I actually liked it better that Mia got away from the TV star angle for her main character.

    I love characters who follow their passions and trust their gut and Mia's character's do that! All the great cast from Good Things are back, including nasty Marla and love interest Kevin. I read it in a day!

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    A fine contemporary romance

    In Seattle although the television cooking show she starred on, The Simple Life, died followed by her life imploding, Deidre McIntosh has made a sweet comeback. She is about to sell Sweet Deidre desserts and has a wonderful boyfriend Kevin Johnson, whom she thinks she loves.

    However, Deidre's second perfect world implodes again. Kevin's former fiancée Sabine Duran, as in incredibly gorgeous, charming, and thriving, has returned to reclaim him. Her opponent for the affections of Kevin is so beautiful and successful while Deidre's new business is failing before it can be started and don't even try to compare beauty. She knows she cannot compete for Kevin, but vows to try anyway and she refuses to quit on Sweet Deidre.

    The enjoyable sequel to GOOD THINGS, TABLE MANNERS, is a fine contemporary romance that once again focuses on Deidre who decides to "create" a recipe for her life; sort of a strategic plan with two operational objectives: make Sweet Deidre a success and win Kevin. Although the final sweetened baked goods are obvious, fans will enjoy observing the pasty chef implementing her recipe for life.

    Harriet Klausner

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