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The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate
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Mar 28, 11

bookshelves: fiction-general, chick-lit, food-fiction
Read from March 24 to 25, 2011

In this latest book by Melissa Senate, Holly moves back to Blue Crab Island to visit her aging grandmother with a broken heart. Holly's grandmother is a gifted Italian cook and fortuneteller, thus earning her the title of the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island. When Holly's grandmother passes away, Holly is determined to keep the cooking class and Italian food store open, despite the fact that she is not a expert cook (in Italian cuisine or otherwise) and does not have her grandmother's gift of sight. Holly's first class has only 4 students, one of whom is a 12 year old girl. Nevertheless, both Holly and her students unexpectedly find friendship, love and support as they cook and chat and grow together. I found the book to be sweet and endearing and I enjoyed Holly's journey in the kitchen and all of the descriptions of the delectable Italian dishes she created. And all of the main characters in the book, including Holly's grandmother, largely brought to life through memories and diary entries, are likeable and interesting. But the book was a little light on complexity and heavy on fairy tale endings for everyone. If you are looking for something enjoyable but without tons of depth, you will like this book.
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