Recipe for a Charmed Life, a review by Shelley

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RECIPE FOR A CHARMED LIFE
Rachel Linden

Berkley Publishing Group

Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
384 Pages
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Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by this author. What I liked about that book was the fact that the romance was secondary to the plot, it was just touched on, and Recipe for a Charmed Life was mostly a romance. I wanted more of Georgia May finding herself. I really wish the author hadn’t made this character fall instantly in love after leaving a cheating boyfriend. Georgia May should have been focusing on her cooking, finding her gift and her relationship with her mother. All the googly eyes and swooning made the book drag for me, and I almost DNF.

I didn’t buy into all of the coincidences that happened like the chef cutting the tip of her finger off when Georgia May just happened to be eating at the restaurant or her mother getting in contact with her just as she loses her boyfriend, job and home and not asking for a phone number in this day and age…who does that!? I was rolling my eyes and laughing.

Let’s end on a more positive note. I loved the special gifts the Stevens women have, all of them different. I loved reading about the cooking and the recipes but this book fell short and just didn’t have the magic that Linden’s previous book had.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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