October 28, 2010

Review: The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate

Camilla’s Cucinotta: Italian Cooking Classes. Fresh take-home pastas & sauces dailyBenvenuti! (Welcome!) 

Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine—a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can’t make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that’s why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla’s Cucinotta, she’s determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother’s legacy. 

But Holly’s four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla’s chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter’s heart. Juliet, Holly’s childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can’t find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad, Liam, from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend. As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla’s essential ingredients of wishes and memories in every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed—and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.
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It took me a little while to get into this book.  I don't know if it was the actual book or if I just had too much on my mind.  Anyway, after I was about a third through it, I found myself engrossed in the book.  FYI, if you like italian food, this book will make you hungry.  The plot was good and I really liked the character, especially Camilla.  When you're looking for a good romance to curl up with on the couch, this is the book you're looking for.  Just make sure you have some pasta on hand.

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
October 26, 2010
352 pages
$15.00 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. This seems like a really run, enjoyable book! Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  2. I like a good romance. Thanks for the review.

  3. Great review. I love Italian food and romance!

  4. Oh great. I love Italian food, this could be very bad! Sounds like a good book though, thanks for the review!


  5. sounds like a great book! I love italian food! I will definitely have to check this book out! :D

  6. Looks interesting I wonder if any recipes are in this book that I could try.

  7. Book looks great and I love Italian food. Yum all away around.

  8. It sounds like a really fun read, hopefully I get into it sooner than you did!


  9. I can't miss with this one a book about love, cooking, Italy. Love your review.


  10. +50 Scarefest even though it's November???? In sidebar. http://readwithtea.blogspot.com

    +2 Entered 2nd giveaway(did all of that stuff once). Is that alright?

  11. Wow! Thanks for the review. This sounds great.

  12. Seems like an interesting book!


  13. This sounds good and I would like to read it.

  14. Thanks for the Italian food heads up!


  15. Would love to check this book out!

  16. It sounds like a very interesting book. i would love to check it out. garrettsambo@aol.com

  17. This sounds great! I love to cook.