4 out of 4 stars
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They say food helps a person forget a painful experience. The question is, how do you forget someone you remember whenever there is food?
With a group of supportive friends around her and delicious food before her, it seems that the only thing Emma Craven lacks is the same as that of her girlfriends: love. During one of their group’s dinners, she meets Gary Parker, the charming chef of Murray’s Grill. Emma thinks that he is the perfect fit for her especially since they share a common interest in food. Gary seems to like her, too, which made Emma look forward to an exciting and beautiful relationship with him. However, this dream ended before it even started when Gary’s ex-fiancée returns with the intention to mend their relationship and start where they left off. Devastated, she becomes uncertain of herself. Determined to forget Gary and gain her confidence back, Emma decides to move on. The tricky part is to keep the charismatic chef out of her mind, who seems to invade her thoughts in whatever she does.
Food for Thought: First Course by Nancy DeRosa brings you Emma, a sweet and loving woman who struggles in life like all of us. Muddled with a broken heart, unending family concerns, and a shattered self-confidence, Emma takes her readers on a journey of healing and finding self-love.
The story has an unoriginal plot, but a few factors made this book exceptional. First, the heroine has realistic and relatable concerns such as her uneasiness for being single for a long time, her insecurities about being a little overweight, her dilemmas in finding the right man, and her family troubles. Any female reader could relate to her struggles. Nonetheless, these did not stop Emma from rising and emerging as a stronger woman. Secondly, the author also created wonderful secondary characters. For instance, Jenny, one of Emma’s friends, has her own struggles but all she puts it aside to cheer her friend up. Additionally, the story has interesting subplots that give the readers a glimpse of the secondary characters. These subplots help inject variety and humor to the main story. Lastly, I loved how the author used food as the force that binds the characters' stories together. The conversations over dinner knit the stories of secondary characters to Emma’s story. That made the transition from one story to another smoother.
Overall, Food for Thought: First Course is entertaining, realistic, and relatable with plenty of likable characters. With this, I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy a book with great characters and character development, you might want to give this book a try.
Food For Thought; First Course
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