Dining with Joy

Dining with Joy

by Rachel Hauck
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Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

"Chef" Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy's secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine's cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke--and her sister--forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401684860
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Series: A Lowcountry Romance
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 107,383
File size: 740 KB

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck

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Dining with Joy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
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.
bellaelena More than 1 year ago
Good end to the low country series not my favorite in the series but good end still love her books. can't wait to read more by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Good, believable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this author and this series of books. Each can stand on their own, but it's great to read them all and see how each character grows.
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pencildancerEB More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine a cooking show host that doesn't know how to COOK? That's Joy Ballard and she does everything she can to keep that a secret. Then she meets Luke Davis-a real chef! And that attraction hits the broiler on camera and off. Loved this book and am glad I spent the money on it. It's funny and the way Rachel Hauck writes is like apple pie topped with caramel and chocolate syrup.oh why not add a scoop of ice cream as well. I'll be buying her next book as soon as it hits the shelves. There's real value between those covers.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
In Dining with Joy, readers get to return to the lowcountry in South Carolina. First, I love the cover and the new ones for earlier books. They just make me smile and want to pick them up. Joy Ballard is a character, the kind of gal I'd love to get to know. Too bad she's only a character! When her father died, she took over his job as host of a cooking show. She's brilliant at it except for one not so minor detail: the girl can't cook. At. All. The charade is getting tiring and when the producer sells the show without telling the new owner that she can't cook, the deception digs deeper. Enter Luke...a hunk of a hero who can cook. Very. Well. The sparks fly immediately and the two are paired as co-hosts for the show.  That would be enough to make the book interesting, but the author doesn't stop there. She adds complicated layers with family, Joy's past with her dad, her inability to see a future apart from the show, an inability to dream. The result was a book that i delighted in reading. Many books I'll read because they're good. Or they might be interesting. Or occasionally engaging. But this one truly delighted me. I slowed down the reading so I wouldn't have to say good-bye. Some of the parts don't end the way I'd like -- but isn't that life? God doesn't promise us a smooth, easy life. Instead, He promises to be there through all the rough patches as well as the delightful times.  I loved this book. And for me to say that about a straight romance is rare. This book is a treat you've earned!
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lauren_elizabeth More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. No, really. Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck is an amazing novel about a young woman named Joy Ballard who hosts a cooking show. Since I like Food Network, I thought this would be an interesting read. You see, Joy and I have a few things in common. Such as...we both have a Daddy that cooks really good food. And...that we can't really cook all that great (Case in point, I was decorating some sugar cookie people for the holidays and those "little red dresses"? Totally make them look like murder victims. Um, oops.). And for Joy, the drama in her life flairs up...oh, right about the time she gets the big primetime TV spot (that she hasn't been wanting) and she falls in love with the ever-handsome, creative, I-really-need-to-meet-this-guy-in-real-life, Luke Redmond. Oh yeah, and did I mention...the cooking thing (or lack thereof) is a total secret to the rest of the world (aside from her family, producer, and sous chef). So, things are only going to get more interesting when Wanda, Joy's arch enemy that wants that primetime TV spot, finds out the secret and sets her mind on destroying Joy's career. So, is Joy able to find joy in the mess? How does she deal with the imminent disaster? Oh- and Luke. Do they fall in love and live happily ever after? Well, you'll have to read the book to find that out. I'm not telling. :)
monicachristian More than 1 year ago
Joy has recently taken over her father's cooking show after he passes away from a heart attack. The show is great, except for one little thing - she can't cook. Through the course of events, she meets Luke, who comes to her rescue. But he can't rescue her from Wenda Divine, Joy's rival. Wenda makes it her life's mission to destroy Joy and her reputation. When she succeeds, Joy is left to figure out what God has in store for her life. Figuring out what God has in store for one's life can be a struggle. The premise behind this story is that the heroine finds out what God's plans are for her life. Although the writing flows very well, there is an aspect of this struggle that is lacking. By the end of the book, I was left wondering if she did, in fact, struggle with God's plans for her life. As one who is in a similar situation, I would have enjoyed seeing how someone else (never mind someone who is fictional) handles figuring out what God has in store for her life. Even with this being said, I would recommend this book and this author.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Joy Ballard didn't grow up dreaming of being on television or cooking for a living. To fulfill her father's dying wish, Joy took over his televised cooking show. The only problem is that she can't cook. Through careful editing and the help of co-workers, Joy has successfully hosted the popular cooking show for several years. However, her nemesis, Wenda Devine, knows Joy's secret and is determined to bring her down. When Luke Redmond enters the picture, Joy thinks she may have found her way out of the deception. Luke is her handsome, new co-host and best of all, he can cook! If he took over all the cooking, she could just do the hosting. Unfortunately, Joy's secret is outed on national television before she can put her plan into place. With her career in shambles and Luke gone, Joy slowly realizes that her tragedy has the potential to be a blessing. I loved Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck. The book was filled with humor and romance, but also a spiritual lesson about trusting God and finding one's worth in Him. Joy's character was authentic, savvy, and well-written. She was a mixture of mischief, delight, and charm. The author's use of unique situations, various characters, and humor made the book irresistible. In fact, I read it in under three days. I really have nothing negative to say about this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an inspirational, romantic read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Imagine all the cooking greats you've seen on TV, from Emeril to Rachel and more. What if behind all the lights and camera, they really couldn't cook? Not even boil water? In the latest Lowcountry Novel by Rachel Hauck, "Dining With Joy", is the premise for the storyline. Joy can't cook. In fact the only reason she even has her own cooking show was to replace her father, Charles on the former, Dining With Charles show when he died. They knew Joy couldn't cook but since the show was so successful they didn't want to see it end. Now Duncan Tate, the executive producer to her show is selling her show to TruReality without disclosing the one thing that would destroy it all, her inability to cook. Duncan convinces Joy that they don't really need to know because they are buying it based on how it's been going up to this point. Enter Wenda Devine, Joy's cooking show rival that wants nothing more than to have a "cook off" to show the public who is truly the better cook. When she stages one on national TV with an up and coming local hunk/chef, Luke Redmond, her ultimate plan is to switch competitors without Joy knowing about it. Will the network executives really find out about Joy's cooking secret? Will Wenda rise to the ranks of the best chef after exposing Joy? Will Luke come to Joy's aid and save the day in more ways than one? To find out you will need to read, Dining with Joy, a classic for those cold, winter nights. I received Dining With Joy, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and found it to be beyond my wildest expectations and worthy of a 5 star rating!!! This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Joy is the hilarious host of a TV cooking show, and she simply can't cook. Her expertise is entertaining her viewers by humour and her amazing prep cook makes sure that nobody knows the truth. When Joy is caught in a surprise cook-off, she chose to fall off the stage instead of admitting the truth about her cooking skills. When a second surprise cook-off happens, she directed the attention of the audience elsewhere by planting a passionate kiss on her unsuspecting "assistant". Her fame as the unconventional cooking show host increased instantly, as the kiss made millions of hits on Youtube. Joy is willing to do almost anything to keep the truth from coming out. She is faced with some really tough decisions, and struggles with what is really important in her life. Her journey is filled with pain and embarrassment, devotion to her family, and also a chance at laughter and romance. But everything is on the line ... and it all depends on whether she can be honest with herself and with others. I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it!
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
This has been a delightful read! I enjoyed every minute of it. The entire time I was reading, the author made me feel like I was a fly on the wall learning secrets about the characters. I will tell you not to read this book when you are hungry. The references made my stomach growl with jealous pains. The author was even gracious to put a few recipes in the back of the book that were mentioned in the book. YUM! I can't wait to try the banana bread. Overall, this book was entertaining and it was a blessing to see how the story unfolded. I appreciated the purity that was presented in the book, as well. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
Fitnstitchin More than 1 year ago
This book "Dining with Joy" by Rachel Hauck, was truly a "Joy" to read! This is my first book by this author and I wasn't disappointed. It's about a girl who couldn't cook but had her own cooking show! Can you imagine not being able to boil water and be on a live broadcast on Television? Amazing! Then enters a handsome and creative man to the rescue, but through it all the faith message throug out this story made it a delightful and a fun read. I will be reading other books by this author. Terrific writing! I highly recommend this book and a huge thank you to the publisher ~ Thomas Nelson, who has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Booksneeze.
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snidbits More than 1 year ago
Joy Ballard is the host of the popular cooking show "Dining with Joy." She took over hosting the show after her father passed away three years ago. When the show is sold to a new production company, the new producer wants to add a co-host. Luke Redmond is immediately attracted to Joy and agrees to join the show as the new chef. Overcoming a failed restaurant, he jumps at a chance to get back on his feet. They seem to be the perfect combination. Joy is funny and charming while Luke is a very talented chef. But Joy has a secret and if Luke finds out, she fears he'll quit. If the new producer finds out, it could be the end of Joy's career. The closer Joy and Luke become, the harder it is for her to keep the truth buried. Can she trust him with her secret? Can she trust him with her heart? I really, really enjoyed the book. I've read "Sweet Caroline" and was excited to read another of Hauck's books. I also liked how those characters made a few appearances in this story. I loved Joy and Luke's banter. It just seemed so real to me, making the story that much more enjoyable. Reading this makes me want to try the recipes that are mentioned in the story and conveniently located at the back of the book (especially Charles Ballard's Banana Bread). Joy also goes through a time of wondering what it is she's supposed to do with her life - a feeling I can identify with. At one point she tells Luke, "Haven't made any decisions about what's next for me. Kind of enjoying not knowing, leaping out, aiming for the hand of God." I like the idea of that. I think the ultimate theme of this story is finding that thing that you're passionate about - that thing God has called you to do - and chasing it with everything you have.
littlemisspurple More than 1 year ago
'Dining With Joy' by Rachel Hauck Joy Ballard is a cooking show host, with a deep secret: she can't cook! The secret is disguised for a few years until her show is given a prime time slot on a major network. The new network means production team changes and a new co-host called Luke, the secret threatens to come out! I absolutely loved this book. Rachel has a style of writing that is easy to read but yet transports you and makes you feel that you are observing the story instead of reading it. Rachel develops the characters and plot with detail making them believable and lovable. I found myself sympathising with the characters as I read the book and really didn't want to put the book down. There are many elements to this story - romance, morality, bringing up children - but the story did not feel overpowered by too many themes. Themes were nicely entangled to make a brilliant book that anyone could read. I loved everything about this book and would recommend it to anyone. Definitely a book to read on a rainy day - or any day for that matter!!! Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
God is Good. God is Love. This is a theme throughout the novel Dining with Joy that resonates within the main character of the story. Joy Ballard, a "chef" has no idea how to cook yet she is the host of a cooking show! This beautifully written novel shares her story about the ins and outs of hosting a cooking show and not actually being able to cook. She struggles throughout the story trying to figure out what the Lord's will is for her when trials come at her from left and right. Many of us can relate to the struggles that Joy faces in our everyday life. This story is written in such a way that you simply don't want to put it down because you are intrigued to find out what happens to the lovely Joy Ballard, cooking show host, who can't cook. This is a fun loving tale of friendship, love, and struggle. Joy reminds herself that God is Good and God is Love, which inevitably reminds us, the reader, of the same message. God is Good. God is Love. And that truly is all that matters!
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Joy Ballard is an author and host of a syndicated cooking show, Dining with Joy. She is excited with her show is picked up by a major network. Dining with Joy will now be in a prime time slot. However, Joy has one problem, she cannot cook. The producers of the show hire a creative cook, Luke Redmond, to co-host the show. Joy thinks this is the perfect idea. Now she has time to write her books and spend time with her friends. Soon she starts having feelings for Redmond. Joy and her rival Wenda Devine have a cooking competition on live television and Joy's secret comes out. Dining with Joy was a fun delight to read. After reading the book, I wondered how many other cooking show hosts cannot cook. LoL! The characters are believably written. Any romance fan will enjoy reading this book. *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review!
smallkucing More than 1 year ago
The book is about a young lady called Joy. When her father passes away, Joy Ballard takes over his cooking show and she renamed it from Dining with Charles to "Dining With Joy." But then again, there is just one small, minor problem. Joy can't cook. Oh, uh! Trouble brewing! How can you host a cooking show without knowing how to cook? She is able to hide the fact that she doesn't know how to cook until her producer sells her show. When her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, trouble begins. People began to suspect that she doesn't know how to cook, and Joy's enemies really wants to see her failed! And then enter Luke Redmond, a handsome , creative chef who has just lost his own restaurant due to financial failure. He is asked to co-host the show with Joy. Joy and Luke are thrown together on the show and he uncovers her lack of culinary skills. After Luke rescues her from certain cooking doom, she thanks him and life gets a little sizzly after that. I like this book. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Azumeril More than 1 year ago
Dining with Joy is a very cute and easy-read story. It's about a young lady called Joy. When Joy's father, a cooking show host passed away, joy took over her father's show and made it her own. She called it 'Dining with Joy', and her show was a hit. However, Joy a a dark, nasty secret. And if the secret is let out, she'd be in big trouble, because in truth, Joy doesn't know how to cook. In came Luke, a chef who later become a co-host. He discovered that Joy is absolutely helpless in cooking, and helped her. A lot of misadventures happened and romance brewed for both Joy and Luke. This is a very easy read. The storyline is easy to follow. One thing I love about this book that there's also recipe at the end of the book for the readers to tried. Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck is definitely a yummy read. I give this book 4 stars out of 5 stars, recommended for people who wants some relaxing and a happily ever after read. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.