Thursday, December 23, 2010
Dining with Joy
In “Dining with Joy” by Rachel Hauk, we meet cooking show host Joy Ballard. Joy took over the cooking show when the original host, her father, unexpectedly passed away. Joy learns that a major network has picked up her show, but there is a problem. She can’t cook. Joy has kept this secret so that she would be able to keep the show going like her father wanted her to. She struggles with telling everyone her secret, but she knows if she does she will not be able to take care of her mother and nieces. Joy meets Luke Redmond, a former chef from Manhattan. Joy sees Luke as the answer to her problem. Joy and Luke co-host the show and while Joy sees Luke a friend, Luke has deeper feelings for Joy. When Luke finally learns the truth about Joy, he keeps her secret but only if she will let him try to teach her how to cook. After Joy’s secret is exposed on national television, both Joy and Luke lose their jobs. When they go their separate ways and try to start over, they realized just how much they care about each other. This was an enjoyable book to read. I received a free copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.