Delicious

by Sherry Thomas

Rating:
3/5

Verity Durant is a cook of legendary prowess. She’s also known for her scandalous love life. Upon the death of her employer, Stuart Somerset comes to oversee Fairleigh Park.

I think you should give this book a try if you like
-Cinderella-ish stories
-Experienced heroines
-Saga-like stories – this one spans 10 years!
-Stories that jump between time (think Day of the Duchess by Sarah Maclean) to tell the history of the characters and what’s going on in the present.

I loved the descriptions of food in this book. LOVED IT. I love to cook and eat, and find myself always interested in the food from the time period. The details, oh my mouth was watering. I wanted to sit at a table where Verity cooked.

But this book….was not my favorite. For a number of reasons. Personal things I prefer that usually make my enjoyment less were in play here. Personally, I don’t like time jumps and this book goes back and forth between 10 years to give the couple’s history. I don’t like deceit and I felt it in this book. I prefer my heroines to be virgins, and especially disliked how close her former and current lovers were. There were other perspectives than the main characters. There was a side love story, although I do think in this case it actually wrapped in well together. I think that’s all I can say without spoilers.

I will say the ending was wonderful. I’m not sure how that happened, as usually the book does NOT get better for me once I’ve reached this point, but I really did enjoy the ending. I encourage you to try it, I know I am quite picky. It has by no means put me off Sherry Thomas. I loved the first one I tried, The Luckiest Lady in London, so much I think I will read all of her work.

I give 2.5 rounded to 3

Serious spoilers ahead!!!!!
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I HATED that it took them some absurd amount of time to even talk to each other in ‘present time’. Yes you get flashbacks but really 200 pages before they even talk? That super annoyed me. I hated her deceit. The fact that Verity knew exactly who he was when he she went to him after her fall out with his brother (HIS BROTHER! UGH!) and didn’t say boo, then continued to hide herself and not say boo…the fact that it was 300 pages before he even knew she was the same person as 10 years ago…I didn’t like the time jumping. I couldn’t get into the present time, I couldn’t get into the past. I kept waiting for something to happen in the present and the past wasn’t pulling my emotions. I didn’t like Verity. She was a survivor but I felt like she also used people and I just felt awful for Stuart. I felt like Stuart deserved better than what he got. I hated that Stuart was engaged and he cheated on her (not technically with intercourse but if you’ve read the book, come on, none of us would be okay with that happening). At least it was addressed and it was all ‘okay’ in the end. I didn’t like the perspective switches to his betrothed, but that’s just a personal thing for me. I prefer one couple in a story.

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