Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks

by Shirley Ann Wilder

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Too Many Cooks by Shirley Ann Wilder

Bitter news leads a San Diego widow and widower to true love-and to a scheme to marry off their adult children, a plan that goes deliciously awry.

Gaetano Lorenzo was the sweetest man that the widowed Estelle Bennett had ever met. That morning began terribly, with awful news, but now the owner and head chef of a local San Diego ristorante was offering up Italian delights: red wine, delicious food, walks on the beach, laughter when she'd never thought she'd laugh again.... Estelle felt twenty-five. She and Gaetano had found the recipe for love, and a simple variation might just get their adult children to settle down, too. A scoop of sugar, two ladlefuls of lust, a pinch of deception and a whole 24 oz.-can of danger- Suddenly, ingredients were coming from everywhere! But kitchens are crazy places, and variety is the spice of life. And for anything to get cooked, things have to get hot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942886235
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Too Many Cooks 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Don't let the brevity of this book make you think it is not worth reading! I say that first and foremost because this is possibly the first short book to which I have been able to give an amazing 5-star rating, and I can say whole-heartedly that this book deserves all the accolades I am giving it. The romance, story line, and even mystery made this book an absolute winner. I loved every character, and I almost could not put this book down. I had a portion of the "mystery" figured out from the beginning, but I have to admit I did not figure everything out! Gaetano and Estelle make the perfect couple, and I found great joy in reading about their love life. I could have done without the bedroom scenes, but I thank the author for not putting in lots of detail. I prefer people marrying before engaging in sex in books, but that is a personal conviction of mine. Their two kids really add to the mix, and it was neat to see the interactions between them. The profanity was not too bad, but it would have been nice if it had not been present, but that is another personal connection of mine. So why did I give this such a high rating? Because it is fresh, new, and different. I have read an incredible amount of romances, but this was one with a completely different spin to it. And when the danger element was introduced, the action could not have been higher. And the author has a delicious sense of humor--always a bonus in a book. I can recommend this to everyone who loves a good romance. This will not disappoint! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
T_Sinns More than 1 year ago
1 Widowed woman + 1 widowed man + A lovely Italian restaurant + A crazy plan + 1 single son + 1 single daughter = 2 unique and intertwined love stories that will have you laughing, crying, worrying, hopeful, and flipping the pages as you watch the world unfold. Is it really to crazy to hold on to old traditions in new worlds? Is the new way of doing things to fast paced to notice the small things? Does a disease really make you look at your life differently? The truth is Love finds itself in many places and in many unique and unimaginable ways. If you are a sucker for a romance you can drift away with you need to pick this up. You never know where, who or how your going to find Prince Charming but lets just hope he can cook ;)
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute, fast read. It almost feels rushed, and I felt like I did not get to know enough about the plot in order to really love this book. However, I still thought it was a great, light read. I loved all of the matchmaking schemes. They were so funny! This book also switches points of view a lot, but I liked getting to hear the story from all of the characters different points of view. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Too Many Cooks is a funny and sweet novel with an added touch of suspense. Set in San Diego, Wilder share with us the delightful story of a widowed woman and a widower who set into motion a scheme to marry off their adult children only to find something more. This was a delicious read that I consumed in a single evening. The tale begins when we meet Estelle Bennett. She is a widower and mother to twenty-nine year old Alex a successful photographer who travels all over the world but remains single and unsettled. Estelle has just received the worse news and decides to stop for a drink in the middle of the afternoon. She stops at Gatetano’s restaurant for a glass of wine. Owner Gaetano Lorenzo loves preparing food and helping his customers. When he notices Estelle, he senses something is wrong and sets out to take care of her. He gets her the best wine, and hand selects her meal. Estelle is shocked when the handsome Gaetano sits and eats with her. The two quickly fall into conversation and share photos of their children. They talk about wanting their children to find someone and settle down. Gaetano has a lovely daughter named Gina, who spends all of her time winning cases as a lawyer and has no social life. After a few glasses of wine, and his kind words, Estelle shares her devastating news. The tale that unfolds is predictable but delightful as these two begin a friendship and set out to help their children. I connected with Estelle and found her to be a witty, sensible woman. While she loved her deceased husband the feelings awakening in her have her glowing like a teen. While she works to deal with her new reality, she finds herself enjoying life. Gaetano is so lovable and how I think of a typical Italian father. He adores his daughter, loves his restaurant and meddles in the lives of people he cares about. I loved the interactions between Estelle and Gaetano. His sweet talk was both romantic and hilarious. Alex is devastatingly handsome and loves his job. He has had a tough time keeping a relationship, since his it requires so much travel. Gina cannot cook, is a neat freak and has to win in the court room. She’d like a social life but pressures at her firm keep her from pursuing one. Alex and Gina were hilarious together and watching them come together despite numerous obstacles was fun. Wilder’s tale is character driven and the scenario used to take Estelle out of her comfort zone and smack dab into the joy of living was refreshing. While I will admit the plot was predictable, a twist in the tale added mystery and suspense. The story flowed well and the characters had depth and believability. I found myself rooting for them and became wrapped up in the outcome. If you are looking for an enjoyable contemporary romance Too Many Cooks delivers a fun, sweet and fast paced tale. This is the perfect end of summer read and is sure to make you smile. I look forward to reading more of Shirley Ann Wilder’s work. I want to thank the author and Innovative Online Book Tours for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I've really been reading a lot of books that are food related lately. I'm not sure if this is a good thing for my waistline, because inevitably all of these books make me hungry. It is a quick read and a fun read, although it is a romance, there's some serious stuff going on as well. I love that its really two love stories in one, the relationship between the parents and then the children. The book starts out concentrating on the relationship between Estelle and Gaetano. I really loved their story, because most romance novels seem to think that people over 50 sometimes fall in love, have sex and even, GASP get married. Though from the very beginning you know Estelle doesn't have Leukemia. This is a romance novel, after all, and Estelle deserves a HEA. The other story is the love between Alex and Gina, Estelle and Gaetano's children! This starts out bad, gets worse, turns awful and then they fall in love. Of course, Gina gets kidnapped by a psycho client that became obsessed with her, and that really opens Alex's eyes to his love for her. I liked Shirley's writing style and I loved the characters. This was a sweet short read that was totally fun. Review copy provided by the author for an honest review.