Cooking a wonderful meal is an art. An act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of the meal; it also feeds the soul of the creator. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother, daughter of an unfortunate French chef.
Gina is a young woman born to poor parents, a nobody keen to taste life outside the world she was born into. A world that exposes her to fascinating people gripped by dark motives. Her passion for cooking is all she has to help her navigate it.
She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where customers belong to a privileged class with money to spare for a dinner of inventive dishes costing hundreds of dollars. In this heady, scintillating atmosphere, she meets new friends and new challenges—pastry chef Marcia, filthy rich client Leon, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This new world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger.
Can the lessons Gina learned from her mother about cooking and life help her survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure, and menace?
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Women can be strong. Women can be fragile. Women can be jealous of other women who have men, money and power. Women can kill…all because they don’t have those things. This tale is spun around lies and jealousy. Looks aren’t everything, but when they get you into the good graces of the men with deep pockets, then it becomes something to be leveraged. For some, it is what’s on the inside that counts; however, men and women have come a long way from that analogy today. With divorce rates as high as they are, commitment is hard to find. So how do you know what love is? How do you identify it? Is it completely gone and replaced with lust at first sight? Journey has a novel filled with obsession, jealousy, deceit and mystery…one that will leave readers entertained. Gina has a beauty that captivates most men. With her mixed heritage, French and Chinese, she is a force to be reckoned with. She is a cook at a wonderful Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her only complaint would be that she has no time for herself, except holidays with her parents. Pleasing the high-paying customers and astounding the owner with her skills, Gina doesn’t know the first thing about relationships and friendships or mixing the two. When Gina gets a visit at the restaurant from her childhood friend and her new beau, she begins to realize how ill-willed and vengeful other people can be. Being attacked by someone you considered to be your best friend can be mind-boggling, but jealousy wins every time. After reluctantly pursuing the man who broke up with her best friend, she finds joy and delight in how the rich live, but her heart belongs to another, the detective who comes to question her after the attack. It makes her question her feelings in ways that can be very dangerous for her. When packages and threatening letters appear at her condo, she understands that someone may be targeting her again out of jealousy for the two men who have captivated her. How can she get out of this predicament alive and can one of these men be her forever? Journey has a good story-line and interesting character development in this novel. The main characters all seem to have their own agenda…either money, love, or power. The pace is very fast and provides a sense of thrill and urgency to the story, but the plot is a bit dramatic and predictable. Jealousy can be everything that this story portrays, but the emotional turmoil and some of the scenarios are not completely blameless on the main character as the author would have the reader believe. It is also difficult to believe in constant jealousy from friends who Gina acquires in such a short time; it provides the story with a sense of falseness and lack of credibility. If you are a fan of women’s fiction and cozy mystery, you may be interested in picking this book up for a quick read. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a three-star rating for Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey.
The story Ivy Journey has created is an interesting bit of intrigue mixed with romance and a very confused protagonist. Gina is an aspiring chef who's taken on a position at a fancy, well-to-do restaurant in California. While working there, she attracts the attention of wealthy Leon Barrett, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He instantly decides he's in love with her, dumping her childhood friend practically on the spot. But despite his advances, she resists giving in to the temptation of finding out what it would be like to live the finer life. Meanwhile, devastated, her now former best childhood friend goes into a jealous fit of insanity and stabs her, which leads Gina to find Brent, a lieutenant with the police department sent to investigate the incident. Gina doesn't want to condemn her friend and fights for her. During the legal battle, she finally accepts Leon's offer of giving themselves a chance at a relationship, only it goes a lot farther than she thought it would. There's only one problem, he's not the only one she's developed feelings for.Mixed in a sea of jealousy and intrigue, Gina may not make it out of this alive. Ms. Journey has created an interesting story with a heroine full of heart, even if she is misguided. The pacing of the story is fantastic and the story compelling. There is a bit more "pink" in some of the scenes than I care for, but, overall, it's not as explicit as some things I've read. If you like completely clean romances, this is not for you as there is a bit more than a suggested 'behind closed doors" incident or two. Overall, I'm giving it four out of vie stars.
Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Author: Evy Journey Publisher: Sojourner Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" by Evy Journey My Thoughts.... I found that this novel had a good romantic storyline with a dark twist that will definitely keep you reading. The jest of the story is that Gina comes from a poor family but loved to cook and ends up getting a wonderful Chef's job at a restaurant in the Bay area of San Francisco where she quickly has a life change. Gina's life really changes as she has a different life since her move, working in a rich restaurant and making friends, however, there will be twist and turns that will come from all of this when jealous women [Cristi & Marcia] come out of the woodwork. This author really gives the readers a interesting romance thriller read with some 'intriguing characters and unforeseen dangers.' What will happen as two guys have a interest in Gina with one of the two being a former boyfriend of Gina's friend. Who will Gina choose...Brent the detective or Leon the rich playboy? What will happen when Gina's began to receive death threats? By the end will these men 'help, harm or be a part of her journey? To get these questions and more answered you will have to pick up "Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" to see how this story will come out. I really enjoyed how the author included cookery-themed recipes with tips on how to cook better. This story really will capture the readers attention to the last page. This novel was from "BookLikes giveaway" and I received this copy from the BookLikes Giveaway contest!
This book is about Gina’s journey to pursue her dreams, to become a Chef with her own restaurant and all the things she has to face. She is caught between two man, Leon a rich man that fall in love with her and Brent, the policeman that works in Gina’s assault by her friends Cristi. This is a story about, family, passion for your work and makes your dreams true.