Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: From Scratch by Rachel Goodman

From Scratch
by Rachel Goodman 
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published by: Pocket Star  
Published on: July 20,2015 
Pages: 315

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


A down-home, feel-good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman’s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn’t quite suit her tastes…


Thirty-year-old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner. Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago. Now a successful strategy consultant and newly engaged to a man who complements her like biscuits and gravy, she has everything she wants.



When an urgent phone call about her father’s health pulls Lillie back to Dallas, she soon learns it was a ruse to bring her home so she can run the diner she’d rather avoid and compete in the Upper Crust, an annual baking competition, with no option to withdraw. Lillie is furious and ready to run back to Chicago, but her father’s haggard appearance makes her wonder if he’s hiding something. Things go from bad to worse when Nick, her handsome ex and the only man she ever truly loved, reappears, looking as scrumptious as ever.



Lillie’s trip home forces her to question the path she’s chosen, find her place in the family she abandoned, and wonder if the life she left behind is what she wants after all.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was on Netgalley and it looked intriguing.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, but I thought I'd give it a try. I ended up really liking it. 

The writing was beautifully written. It was slower paced, but that didn't bug me too much.

I loved getting to know the characters and watching how Goodman formed her story.

The novel was heartwarming and one that I'm glad I read. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre. I'll be keeping tabs on Goodman that's for sure.

So why 4 stars? A beautifully written story. 

The Wrap-up: Powerfully written; writing at its best. 

Love,

Danica Page

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