Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

Title: Dining with Joy
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publisher
Publication Date: November 16, 2010
paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-339-4
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Summary: Joy Ballard has a secret: she's a cooking show host who can't really cook.
When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard's world heats up like a lowcountry boil.
Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he's paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.
Luke and Joy mix like oil and water…until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they'll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God's love and dine with joy?

I picked this book because a cooking show host that couldn't cook really appealed to me. This book started out slow to me. It took me a little more than 100 pages before I was drawn into the story.  The story is focused around Joy Ballard. She is a celebrity host of a well know cooking show.  Joy took over hosting after her father died suddenly. Joy has mixed emotions over her masquerade as a cook. So many people depend on her for their livelihood that I could sympathize with her character.  This book also had several themes  such as, forgiveness, redemption, trust and finding out who you really are, woven into the storyline. I liked Joy's character but at times she frustrated me. Her banter with Luke, a cook who's looking for a second chance, was great. I thought they had good chemistry together. My favorite character is Joy's mom, Rosie. She has an ongoing lawn rivalry with their next door neighbor. It is hilarious! Rosie and Joy also have the responsibility of raising her teenage nieces.  The Ballards lead complicated lives full of hard lessons to learn. Overall this was an okay read for me. I did have trouble getting into the story but by the end I liked it. 

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  1. Yup, this book fell into the category of like as opposed to love for me too. :-)

  2. Thanks for the review. I love the premise... a celebrity cook who can't cook :)

  3. @Kah-Woei I haven't read any of her other books, I might give them a try sometime.
    @Alexis, I liked the premise of it too :D

  4. Have to agree with you (and the other commentors)...the premise sounds good, but the delivery leaves me uneasy. May have to look into it a little more before I decide what list it lands on. Thanks for sharing! ^_^


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