Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dining With Joy


GIVEAWAY

HAUCK, RACHEL
DINING WITH JOY

"Chef" Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy's secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine's cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke--and her sister--forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

My Review:

First published in 2010, I found this literary gem at my public library. Funny and sweet and a thrill to read. But there are squirmy, angsty bits too where I was so worried about Joy's secret being discovered. It was almost a relief when it happened! But, oy, the fallout! A satisfying blend of all that is good in a romantic story. Still grinning (and wincing.)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Dining With Joy please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 19 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!  

25 comments:

  1. Kav,
    I read your review of, "Dining with Joy" and now I would like to read it also.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Good luck.

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  2. Good Morning Kav,

    One of my favorite things to do, other than reading, is to watch cooking shows. So a book about a cooking show and a chef who can't cook, with a little romance sprinkled in sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

    Blessings,

    Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net



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    1. It's a fun read...and I'm thinking maybe the first of the cooking show romances that are out there? There's a few but I've only read the more recent ones. Good luck, Tammi.

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  3. Rachel is a great author, and I try to read ALL of her books! I have read #1 in this series and have put #2 and #3 in my A. cart (also on my Library list!). Love your review of the book, Kav!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. I didn't realize this was part of a series when I got it, but it reads well as a standalone and now I'm definitely going to hunt down the other two. Good luck, Jackie.

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  4. I am curious about this book by reading your great review, Kav. Thank you for the opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  5. Dining With Joy sounds like a fun book to read. Enjoyed the review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  6. I am not a good cook, maybe I could pick up some pointers :)
    dkstevensne (at) outlookDo TCoM

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    1. Or you could just host the show like Joy does. LOL. Good luck, Deanna.

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  7. I've read a few of Rachel's recent releases and enjoyed them, would love to read Dining With Joy.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Please enter me, i enjoy reading Rachel's books, thanks

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    1. You're entered, Karen. Good luck.

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  9. This one sounds good, love this author. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  10. Joy sounds like quite the character. I love that God is teaching her along the way. Sounds like a fun read Kav! Thanks for the review.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I've read several of Rachel's books that have been published in the last few years but haven't read some of her earlier books, such as Dining with Joy. Thanks for the chance to win this book by an author I enjoy reading.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. I haven't read any of Rachel's novels, and would love to start with "Dining With Joy". Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Thanks for the great review! Sounds like a fun read!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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