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Too Many Cooks
by Shirley Ann Wilder
Publication date: July 17, 2012
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Purchase:Barnes and Noble/Amazon
Too Many Cooks
Bitter news leads a San Diego widow and widower to true
love—and to a scheme to marry off their adult children, a plan that goes
Gaetano Lorenzo was the sweetest man that the widowed
Estelle Bennett had ever met. That morning began terribly, with awful news, but
now the owner and head chef of a local San Diego ristorante was offering up
Italian delights: red wine, delicious food, walks on the beach, laughter when
she’d never thought she’d laugh again…. Estelle felt twenty-five. She and
Gaetano had found the recipe for love, and a simple variation might just get
their adult children to settle down, too. A scoop of sugar, two ladlefuls of
lust, a pinch of deception and a whole 24 oz.-can of danger— Suddenly,
ingredients were coming from everywhere! But kitchens are crazy places, and
variety is the spice of life. And for anything to get cooked, things have to
is a funny and sweet novel with an added
touch of suspense. Set in San Diego,
Wilder share with us the delightful story of a widowed woman and a widower who
set into motion a scheme to marry off their adult children only to find
something more. This was a delicious read that I consumed in a single evening.
The tale begins when we meet Estelle Bennett. She is a widower
and mother to twenty-nine year old Alex
a successful photographer who travels all over the world but remains single and
unsettled. Estelle has just received the
worse news and decides to stop for a drink in the middle of the afternoon. She
stops at Gatetano’s restaurant for a glass of wine. Owner Gaetano Lorenzo loves
preparing food and helping his customers. When he notices Estelle, he senses
something is wrong and sets out to take care of her. He gets her the best wine,
and hand selects her meal. Estelle is shocked when the handsome Gaetano sits
and eats with her. The two quickly fall into conversation and share photos of
their children. They talk about wanting their children to find someone and
settle down. Gaetano has a lovely daughter named Gina, who spends all of her
time winning cases as a lawyer and has no social life. After a few glasses of
wine, and his kind words, Estelle shares her devastating news. The tale that unfolds is predictable but
delightful as these two begin a friendship and set out to help their children.
I connected with Estelle and found her to be a witty,
sensible woman. While she loved her
deceased husband the feelings awakening in her have her glowing like a teen.
While she works to deal with her new reality, she finds herself enjoying life. Gaetano
is so lovable and how I think of a typical Italian father. He adores his daughter, loves his restaurant and
meddles in the lives of people he cares about. I loved the interactions between Estelle and Gaetano.
His sweet talk was both romantic and hilarious. Alex is devastatingly handsome and loves his job. He has had a tough time keeping a relationship, since his it requires so much
travel. Gina cannot cook, is a neat
freak and has to win in the court room. She’d like a social life but pressures
at her firm keep her from pursuing one. Alex and Gina were hilarious together and watching them come together despite
numerous obstacles was fun.
Wilder’s tale is character driven and the scenario used to take
Estelle out of her comfort zone and smack dab into the joy of living was refreshing.
While I will admit the plot was predictable, a twist in the tale added mystery
and suspense. The story flowed well and
the characters had depth and believability. I found myself rooting for them and
became wrapped up in the outcome.
If you are looking for an enjoyable contemporary romance Too
Many Cooks delivers a fun, sweet and fast paced tale. This is the perfect end of summer read and is
sure to make you smile. I look forward to reading more of Shirley Ann Wilder’s
I want to thank the author and Innovative Online Book Tours
for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this novel 3.5 coffee cups out of 5.
Shirley Ann Wilder
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