Recipe for Disaster

Recipe for Disaster

Book - 2015
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"To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess--her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke's life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiance; who cooks like a dream. Until Anneke's charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration--and what little savings she has--into finishing the renovation. But at the first step into the house's overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Emma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house's original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma's life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she's been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along.--
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780425265505
Characteristics: xii, 466 pages ;,21 cm.


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Feb 18, 2016

i loved this book. it's the first book i have read by stacey ballis. i will read all her books now.

i loved all the interior decorating and construction details.

awesome book.

Aug 03, 2015

I gave the book an above average rating only because there are a few funny moments. I normally love Stacey Ballis's' books but this one just wasn't on par with her normal wit and sense of humor. It had way too much "interior decorating and construction" going on that seemed more like filler to me. Took me forever to read and get through. I would say the last 1/4 of the book is the best and helped to redeem the novel.

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