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"Chef" Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

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Paperback, 311 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Casey
Let me say right off that I LOVED this book! It will certainly not be the last one I read by the fantastic story teller, Rachel Hauck.

The characters of Joy and Luke (along with the minors) are filled with depth and flaws, humor and charm that stand to life on the page. The story is well told with word pictures abounding in a manner sure to grab your attention and refuse to let go. This is the kind of book that when you have to put it down, you want to go back to it immediately.

Dialogue is snappy
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Tina
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I had a realization when I was reading this book: I like foodie books. I don't mean books about food like cookbooks or anything that talks about food. I mean fiction with food as one of its major elements. I've read two in the past year ( The Crepe Makers' Bond and Always the Baker, Never the Bride ) and although I was pretty lukewarm about them, I enjoyed the cooking aspect of both books and how food played a part in the story.

Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck is
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Sally
Once in a while, a book comes along that you know would make a good family movie. This is one of those books. In the first chapter, you learn that 'something' happened on a promotional trip to Omaha. In the second, you learn what that 'something' was. The way it was written, I could picture immediately the opening teaser of the movie: cooking show host Joy Ballard reacting badly to a surprise cook-off with her rival.

I've not read anything by Rachel Hauck before, so I didn't know this was the thi
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Erin
This is the first book I've read by Rachel Hauck that I didn't simply fall in love with. A cooking show host who can't cook and resorts to cheap gimmicks to keep from being discovered? Hasn't that storyline been done already?

Joy Ballard has managed to keep her secret through the first three seasons of her show "Dining With Joy". When chef Luke Redmond comes to her rescue at a surprise cook-off and subsequently begins co-hosting the show, Joy has to decide how much she can trust him and if he is
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Margaret
I am in complete love with Rachel's Low Country Romance series. These novels are calm yet romantically tense. The characters are real and quirky and the heroes are heart beating hunks on the page. I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Caroline, and Love Starts with Elle remains one of my favorite contemporary Christian romances to this day and ending with "Dining with Joy" I'm a content reader.

Beaufort, South Carolina is the place to be. Joy Ballard leads an interesting life as a faux cooking host for a s
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Mindie
This was a cute book. It was hard to get interested in the book at first, but I'm glad I kept reading. It took a good 100 pages into the book before I fell in love the characters Joy & Luke. A fun romance that at times, pulled on your heart strings.
Cookielover
Omigosh, I loved the characters and I laughed out loud at them then cried. The story line is delicious and not cheesy or corny. Just enough of spice and TA-DA a sweet good read.
Dana
Cooking show host, Joy Ballard, does it all—almost. At home in Beaufort, Alabama she’s a crack softball player and a loving aunt, daughter, and friend. She’s a whiz at promoting her TV show, whether judging cooking competitions or hosting food fairs, but what she really longs to do is come clean and reveal the secret that will destroy the food empire her father built—that Joy can’t actually cook.

The people she loves are obstacles to her desire to tell all. She made a promise to her dying father
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Melody
It took me a while to get invested in the characters of this story, but once I was I was in it for the long haul. Some of the plot was very predictable and somewhat cheesy, but like I said, once I was invested in the characters I still found it engaging and enjoyable.
The writing style seemed a bit disjointed in sections and was a bit hard to follow. I had to go back a page to make sure I didn't skip anything. The storyline made huge leaps along the timeline of the book with not much in the way
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Marcie
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 b ...more
Susan
Dining With Joy, is the third novel in the Lowcountry Romance series by Rachel Hauck, and is the first book that I received for free through the Goodreads First Reads contest.
I submitted my name for this title because I REALLY liked the description of the story... a cooking show with a host ( Joy) who secretly can't cook, and a handsome, professional chef (Luke) joining the show as her co-host.
I had hoped that this would be a fun story to read and was so disappointed that, for me, it wasn't. T
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Amy Siggelow
I received this book in a giveaway from bookclubcookbook.com.

I LOVED this book. Not only is it a great and realistic story line, the messages in this book are outstanding. This is a Christian book, appropriate for anyone to read.

Joy Ballard is a cooking show host that secretly cannot cook. Her show is sold to Wild Woman productions which is the start of her downward spiral professionally. On the other hand, it is the start of something wonderful personally as she and the new cohost of the show a
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WifeMomKnitter
From the book synopsis:

"Host of a regionally-syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhattan restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their re
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed on: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

This is my favourite book yet from Rachel Hauck! Not that I didn't love her other books (because they are all FANTASTIC), but this book was so unique and delectable that I just could not put it down. Like with all delicious things you want "just one more bite," and in this case it was "just one more page!"

This story leaped off the page and played out in my imagination like a movie. The exquisite attention to detail appealed to every one
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Cheryl
Joy is the host of Dining with Joy. She got the gig when her she was working as associate producer on her father’s cooking show, Dining with Charles. When her father passed away the show became Dining with Joy. Dining with Joy has started to become wildly popular. The network TruReality has picked up the show for another season. There is just one problem…Joy can’t cook!

Chef Luke Redmond was the owner of a Manhattan restaurant. That all changed when he had to file bankruptcy. Luke receives an op
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gina
Disclaimer- due to the high number of arcs I've gotten recently I passed this out to a trusted coworker to read. I received it at a romance conference and it wasn't the type of book I'd normally read. So on to the review!

Unfortunately, this one didn't pass muster. It had difficulty holding the reader's attention. The reader couldn't get attached to the characters or writing. It also had the main characters getting "caught up in the moment" and kissing pretty much right after they met and on tv i
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Fab
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher.

I was beyond excited when I found out that I had won an advanced copy of DINING WITH JOY BY RACHEL HAUCK after entering to win on Goodreads. I received the copy of the book in late January and being it in the middle of exams it was placed on my bookshelf and saved for later. Lately, when I was looking for new material to read I came across Dining with Joy and was captivated by the summary on the back cover and decided to read it during
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The premise for Dining with Joy is cute and a little far-fetched. Joy can't cook and, after her father's sudden death, took over his cooking show out of obligation. Rather than learning to cook, she perpetuates the myth that she's a celebrity chef with help from her staff, family and friends. When her show is sold to a new producer, her secret is threatened. However, she doesn't voluntarily confess to anyone, yet she professes belief in God.

I'm sorry, anyone who seems to be as bright as Joy is,
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Sheree
Dining With Joy is the third in Rachel's Low Country series. The first two being, Sweet Caroline and Love Starts With Elle. First of all, I have to comment on the covers of all three of these books. They are very attractive and creative! I love them! I have older cover versions of the first two and may have to go get the newer versions just so I have all three matching books, :-)


Ok, enough about the cover, you want to know about the insides! It's kinda like a Boston Creme Donut...yummy looking
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Renee
I wasn't surprised at how much I enjoyed this story after having read so many rave reviews. Dining with Joy is a wonderful story that will appeal to both readers of Christian fiction and foodies alike. It's not only a romance but a story of a woman discovering what God wants for her and having the courage to pursue it!

I really liked the characters especially the handsome cowboy turned chef, Luke and Joy's nieces. While Lyric and Annie-Rae weren't main characters we still get to know them. I cou
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Cherie
I found the book a little slow in the beginning but it picked up gradually. The characters were fairly well developed. They had their positives and their negatives just like any other person. I was a little disappointed with some of Joy's self-centeredness. I believe she should have revealed the truth to Allison before things got to where they did. I believe having things be revealed the way they had did not do her credit as a Christian witness to the faith. The whole situation made me just crin ...more
Susan Snodgrass
This was an absolutely delightful book! Set in Beaufort, SC, my home state and where I've lived nearly all my life, it abounds with everything you'd want in a Christian novel. The characters learn to depend on God for everything and to show them the way in their problems. Joy is a cooking show host who, strangely enough, can't cook. Doesn't even have a clue and every effort to do so ends in disaster. She is joined on that show by co host Luke Redmond who is not only a fabulous cook but handsome ...more
Janet
Joy, who is the host of a TV show called Dining with Joy, can not cook. I mean she can not cook, she can not make toast, boil water, nothing.
She has her staff sworn to not say anything - well as you can image this book is about how everyone finds out and the consquences of that.
I enjoyed this book, there was a little dragging right after the middle but I got sucked back in and enjoyed it.
Joy, is living with her mom, raising her 2 nieces (while her brother and his wife figure out life (a rushed
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Katherine
I received this book as a Goodreads First reads book. Thank you, Fantastic, for this great book!

When I read the premise for this book, I had some preconceived ideas about how the story would go. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't a cut and dry love story. The idea that a cooking show host can't cook and is keeping that secret from almost everyone is very interesting. Throw in a handsome man who is an excellent chef to be her co-host and you have the idea of what this is about. I liked th
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Kim Kegler
It was not what I expected but quite the tear-jerker for a girl reading on a plane. I think the lesson in honesty and humility is one that we can all learn. There's also a lesson here to play to your strengths, but don't be afraid to learn something anyway and maybe something hard.
Jana
The title and cover are so cheesy, and even the synopsis sounded lame, but I read it because I really liked the other two lowcountry romances. I love Rachel Hauck's characters--some are realistic, some are eccentric, but they're all so likeable. And I'm in love with her setting, so I read this one despite its first impression. And it was like the other two--sweet romance (though with some strangeness this time), great characters and dialogue. The only thing that bothers me is the plethora of phr ...more
Trish
I enjoyed much about this story - the characters were likable and realistic, and there were some funny moments.

So why not a higher rating? As this is a Christian novel, it really bothered me that the whole plot revolved around deception. Yes, it may have started with "good" intentions - but honestly, I felt like the main character got off a little too easily after such a grand "unmasking." Meanwhile, people are telling her that she's "courageous" for living a lie? Nope, not buying that one at a
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Jenna Anderson
Meet Joy, a cooking show host who can't cook. I know, what is that about. Her father was a amazing cook and died suddenly after just getting the show popular. Joy takes it over to make her dad happy. She tries to bring a new fresh and comedic way to the cooking show. It works for awhile, but her secret is eating away at her. Here she is, almost 30 and living a lie. She has no husband ( or prospects), no children, and no passion. Enter Luke, a handsome chef who is hired on to co-host the 4th seas ...more
Cathy Daniel
I just did not care for this one :( and I LOVED the other books in this series. I just never saw a true relationship between Luke and Joy. It was just lust and all about kissing. The first kiss on TV and then the 2nd kiss on TV again was just too much. I rolled my eyes. It was just an unbelievable relationship. The kicker for me was when Luke actually got MAD at Joy during her worst moment when all along he KNEW the secret and decided to play along. Why was HE mad?? After 4 books in the row by t ...more
Monica
This story takes place with Elle and Caroline's friend Joy. Joy is a cooking host on a t.v. show that is about to hit it big. The only problem is that Joy can't cook. A nemesis of hers is constantly trying to get her in a cook off so that she might expose this fact and almost succeeds if Luke hadn't jumped to Joy's rescue. Due to this rescue Joy's producer decides to put him on the show. The only problem is now she has to keep the secret from him. Dining with Joy is a cute, fast paced story that ...more
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RITA finalist and award winning author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

With strong southern stories, she infuses faith and real life into the lives of her fictional characters.

Rachel loves to encourage new writers and is the book therapist for My Book Therapy and writing community founded by
Susan May Warren.

Rachel graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism. She'
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