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Jane of Austin by Hilary Manton Lodge

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Waterbrook Multnomah



“It’s good to have dreams. But sometimes dreams change, or take different forms, or you go down a path and realize that while it’s not the beach, you really like the forest.”


 A delightful read for the summer! This unique variation of Sense and Sensibility set in modern day Austin, Texas is a fun, light read. The lives of three sisters, Celia, Jane, and Margo, takes another intriguing turn when necessity forces a change of residence from their native San Francisco to Austin. The city of Austin, lights years different in terms of culture and lifestyle, offers the girls an opportunity for a new start.

Join this intriguing trio of sisters as they set out for Austin and try to move their tea business, plants and all, along with them. The older two, Celia and Jane, each have their own love issues with which to contend, in addition to raising their teenage sister. The girls have character, charisma, and charm.

The book is a poignant story full of family, romance, and the meaning of sisters. If you’ve read Sense and Sensibility, you’ll see the similarities. As a bonus, some wonderful recipes for the amazing baked goods discussed in the story are sprinkled throughout the book. Don’t miss this fun summer read!

This copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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Together at the Table by Hilary Manton Lodge

Together at the Table

Publication Date: May 2016

Waterbrook Press

ARC copy from Bloggingforbooks.com and Waterbrook Press

 3.5 stars


For those who love a novel filled with romance, food, and history, Together at the Table is the book for you. Author Hilary Manton Lodge has woven a touching story that meanders around the kitchens of modern restaurants in Portland, Washington, as well taking the reader back in time to war torn France during World War II.

Juliette D’Alisa has undergone a rocky time after breaking up with Neil McLaren, a doctor from Memphis while dealing with her mother’s recent death and starting up a new restaurant with her brother Nico. In spite of her ups and downs, she has started a new relationship with sous-chef, Adrian when Neil unexpectedly turns up in Portland.

As Juliette works to gain her equilibrium, she reads her grandmother’s letters from France trying to find answers to missing pieces of the family puzzle. The story takes the reader from Portland to France trying to solve the family mystery of a missing person.

Filled with delicious recipes and descriptions of food that will make the reader salivate, this novel ends leaving one with a sense of peace and fulfillment and a desire to get to the kitchen and try out those recipes! Enjoyable read with a very interesting historical narrative intertwined with Juliette’s story!

This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Press and Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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