Book Review: Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge

Amazon Review:

Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed. In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears. As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path. Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it. But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?

My review:

Together at the table is the 3rd installment in the Blue Door series. I was so excited to get a chance to review this book. I enjoyed this story immensely. Once again, Hillary Manton Lodge created a story I couldn’t put done.   I liked how the author weaved letters from Juliette’s grandma throughout the story. Juliette is on a quest to figure out her grandmother’s story while figuring out her own. It gave the story a mysterious twist to it. Juliette is a believable character and I could relate to her.  I love the family dynamics as well. All the characters were believable and interesting. It was easy to picture what was happening. I didn’t know a lot about the restaurant business before reading this book. It gave me a greater appreciation of the hard work that goes into a restaurant.  All the recipes and food sounded amazing. It made me hungry! I love that the book is set in Portland where I live. I recognized many of the locations mentioned.

One of my favorite lines in the entire book is:  “Just landed at PDX. Will somehow manage to forgo the pleasure of photographing my feet on the carpet.” Juliette . “I noticed that’s a thing,” he texted back.  This just made me smile.

I look forward to reading more by Hillary Manton Lodge.

I received this book as a review book from Blogging for Books for a review.

I highly recommend this book (and series) to all my family and friends.

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