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Pickin' Tomatoes

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Pickin' Tomatoes is the Shirley You Jest! Book Awards / Shirley LOL (1st place) Fiction WINNER!

"This charming novel features a heroine you can't help but root for even when she's leaping from one ill-advised plan to another. A strong voice, organic humor, and food...what's not to love?" Shirley You Jest! Book Awards

Pickin' Tomatoes is about picking the right choices in l
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Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published June 2012 by J W Bull
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Melissa Brown
Aug 05, 2012 Melissa Brown rated it really liked it
This book would be an incredibly successful romantic comedy. It is a unique story with so much witty humor from the main character---Maggie, who is newly divorced, a new Mom and desperately in need of income. When she sees an ad for a recipe contest, Maggie (a woman who has never successfully cooked a meal in her life) decides to enter, in the hopes of winning the prize money and becoming a new columnist for a cooking magazine. I literally laughed out loud at Maggi's escapades in the ...more
Kathleen
Jul 28, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Can you reinvent yourself ... even if it means telling "little white lies" to get what you want? And if you do succeed at reinventing yourself, can your fabrications come back to haunt you?


Maggie Malone is a forty year old soon-to-be divorced mother of a newborn who wants a new life. After seventeen years of marriage to Richard, a successful defense attorney who has an affair with their next door neighbor's wife, their marriage is over. Now as a single and unemployed mother, Maggie has to decide
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Samantha Janning
Jul 12, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
J.W. Bull is currently on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Pickin’ Tomatoes. This is book after my own heart. The heroine, Maggie Malone, is soon-to-be-divorced and now a single mom. Okay, that’s not me but she also cannot cook (not even a smidge) but bluffed her way through a contest and is now the Chef of Hearts – dating and food columnist for Cooking and Women magazine. Yes! I loved the plot line for this book, and it was not a disappointment!

Maggie is thirty-five (cough,forty,cough) an ex-chef o
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Jennifer Bull
Jul 07, 2012 Jennifer Bull rated it it was amazing
Okay, it's my story, so it's close to my heart. Got to give it five stars, if for no other reason, it's been a an amazing journey writing it and publishing it.
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
Dec 08, 2012 Linda Parkinson-Hardman rated it it was amazing
I was the girl that laughed all the way through Bridget Jones on a night flight from New York – much to other passengers dismay and the irritation of my (now ex) husband – I kept digging him in the ribs to read bits out to him; so when JW contacted me to ask if I’d consider her for the Thursday Throng and that her book was Bridget Jones meets Cooking – how could I refuse. The book didn’t disappoint in the slightest and I loved every minute of it, laughed at the situations Maggie gets herself ...more
Kim
Jul 21, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing out loud several times. It is a fun read.
Nancy
Sep 02, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Pickin' Tomatoes is a charming, highly amusing story about Maggie Malone who wishes she had a road map for her life....a map that would help her to make all of the right choices; Instead, her life is filled with a muddle of grey from which she must choose the lesser of evils. Maggie, however,is an indomitable character who is driven as a single mom to make a better life for her baby as well as herself. She enters a contest and suddenly becomes The Chef Of Hearts,a columnist who dishes out advice ...more
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Claiming 1st Prize in the 2012 Shirley You Jest Fiction Book Awards, J.W. Bull's Pickin' Tomatoes was ripe for review. Deemed a romantic comedy, I found there was so much more to be found in the pages of this novel. . . self-discovery, overcoming loss, and the necessity of genuine friendship.
Not only was a smile spread across my face as I sat reading during my daughters' dance class, but tears flowed, too, during a young protagonist's dialogue with her mother, losing a battle with breast cancer:
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Imagine someone genetically spliced An Unmarried Woman with I Love Lucy (if there was an episode where Lucy leaves Ricky because he shagged Ethel) with Chef Paula Deen occasionally popping up and offering you something tasty to eat. The result is a funny, original and entertaining debut novel from self-published author J.W. Bull. A delightful piece of light women’s fiction, Pickin' Tomatoes reads like a good television sitcom.

Pickin' hits all the right chords, from tight story development, to li
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Donna Usher
Oct 21, 2012 Donna Usher rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I bought this book hoping it would be awful. You see Pickin Tomatoes is up against my book in the finals of the Shirley You Jest Book Awards. Within the first few pages I was sorely disappointed. Not only was this book not awful - it was really, really good. The words flowed across the pages - funny and witty, the story dragged me into its soul - captivating and touching, and the protaganist, Maggy Malone, touched my heart making me laugh and even cry.
A beautiful tale of a woman st
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Debbie
Nov 05, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't like having a road map of life...so that you would always be able to choose the right path to follow? In this funny novel, Maggie Malone, is searching for that perfect path. Maggie is an almost divorced single mom. Maggie enters a cooking contest...which is a joke in itself as she can't cook! The grand prize winner will be offered a chance to write a monthly advice article relating cooking to finding the right man! No spoilers intended here...but just a heads up that this book will ...more
tbears
Oct 21, 2012 tbears rated it really liked it
J.W. Bull cooked up a lot of fun silliness with her first novel. I picked a ripe tomato this time! The ending did seem like it was missing the whipped cream on a sundae though. Also the recipe for the Fish and Crab in Harmony didn't explain where to use the bread crumbs and cheese.
Laura
Nov 20, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
A quick, fun read, though a bit far-fetched at times and poorly edited. Full review
Shauna
Oct 19, 2012 Shauna rated it really liked it
Fun, fast, fluffy read. Good combination of relationship advice and recipes.

Too bad most of the characters were liars though. :(
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