Thursday, 16 December 2010

Book review: Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

Book Title: Dining with Joy
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781595543394

I'm the girl who messed up her stove by leaving potatoes to boil and boil and boil … So right away I related to Joy Ballard, a popular cooking show host with a secret—she cannot cook.

The book opens as a new agent secures a prime time slot for Joy's show on a national network. Luke Redmond, who moved to the lowcountry to regroup after declaring bankruptcy, enters the scene. He can cook and becomes Joy's co-host. Joy sees him as her "kind, selfless knight in a white chef coat" and, on impulse, acts accordingly. This leads to interesting developments.

 Joy has a card in her truck with Jesus' words "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me."  She yearns to find God's will and follow it, but she cannot do this as she's living a lie.

Circumstances threaten to reveal her secret while it becomes ever more imperative that she keep it. Will Luke find out? Will her viewers discover she can't cook? How will she resolve her dilemma?

If I had to liken this book to a dish, I'd choose a salad—it's light, enjoyable and delicious. Joy and Luke's lives are the fresh crisp ingredients seasoned by their mutual attraction to each other. Characters such as Mama and Miss Jeanne add the color. The spiritual thread is the dressing which gives the salad its delectable flavour.

Did I enjoy this dish? Yes.

Would I recommend it to fellow diners? I would.

Would I like to taste other dishes from Rachel Hauck's  kitchen? Yes, I would.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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