When in Doubt, Add Butter: A Novel

When in Doubt, Add Butter: A Novel

by Beth Harbison
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When in Doubt, Add Butter: A Novel by Beth Harbison

From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it's her job to cater other peoples' dates, and that's just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She's got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There's Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor's orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is "allergic to everything"; and finally, a man she calls "Mr. Tuesday," whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma's takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250015020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 175,199
File size: 806 KB

About the Author

BETH HARBISON is The New York Times bestselling author of Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City and a quiet home on the eastern shore.

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets of a Shoe Addict, Shoe Addicts Anonymous, Hope in a Jar and Thin, Rich, Pretty. She is also a serious product junkie, with enough lip glosses, shampoos, conditioners, and foundations to lube every car on the streets of suburban D.C., where she lives with her husband, two children and dogs.

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When in Doubt Add Butter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
What I hope to find (and what will get me to spend my money quicker and invest hours upon hours of my own time) when I pick up a book is one that doesn't sound like 95 out of 100 books that I pick up and read the first few pages of, a voice that grabs my nose and yanks harder than a semi-truck in the middle of I-95. When in Doubt, Add Butter is such a book, and it managed this feat admirably from the very first sentence of the very first page. "When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: `Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you'll end up cooking for a man who'd rather eat at McDonald's; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can't hit a hole the size of a watermelon--' " I could go on, but you get the general idea. This is a book that I'm invested in; where I want to know what happens; and that I can't wait to get to the ending, because like Beth Harbison, the author, I'm going all in. And then it becomes a mad rush to get to the finish line. For me, this was such a book. The characters and the story line certainly kept my attention, but it was the voice, that voice kept me turning pages as fast as frying butter in a saucepan, and when I reached the end, I felt completely satiated. While this was the first Beth Harbison book I read, I'll certainly keep my eye out for another one with a voice as fulfilling and unique as this one. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
NYCLawyerGirl More than 1 year ago
Great book. A slightly slow start leads you down the path to a story you think you know that gives you a slightly different ending than the one you thought you saw coming.
alycia_g More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it was a fun, feel good kind of a story! I couldn't put it down! It made me laugh and smile alot! I can't wait to read more of Beth Harbison's novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty, relatable and heartwarming. The charcters are endesring and relatable and it has a great ending. I couldn't put it down!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
I love Gemma! She's a good soul who can't help getting herself into a situation which she's been in before, one that is unexpected and somewhat scary. The romance is sweet and the mystery surrounding Mr. Tuesday was great. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason I just couldn't get into this book. I obviously read the whole thing, and once I got about 100 pages in, I finally became interested. It just didn't grab my attention like I look for. I had to force myself to finish this book, but I wanted to know what happened. I would recommend it as a beach read, which is why I purchased it. Book wasn't bad, just not my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a niceand relaxing read! My first time reading this author but won't be my last.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I loved the story line and the characters. I was sad when I finished it because I wanted to read more about Paul, Gemma, and little Grace; as well as Penny, Dell, Charlotte, and Alexander. This book was the perfect combination of food and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I've read by this author. Predictable at times but still very enjoyable and charming. I plan to look at her other titles for future books to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in three days I thought it was a fun read and it felt like a friend talking to you rather than some boring book telling you a story. Right from the start it was a book I got into. Try it!
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NYCat64 More than 1 year ago
A fun little read - perfect for a day at the beach - light and easy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First and last time for this author.  Bland and absurd characters.
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I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. A great story with a twist for an ending. The characters were fun and engaging and a very nice read.
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NotEnoughTimeToReadGI More than 1 year ago
The author was trying too hard to be funny - it got tedious. Glad I got in a sale box . . .
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