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3.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,271 ratings  ·  365 reviews
From the author of the “clever, creative, and sweetly delicious” (Kirkus Reviews) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and the forthcoming Simplicity of Cider comes a novel about an exasperated wife and mother who makes a play to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Ch
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Gallery Books
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3.5 stars. First of all, I liked Love, Luck and Lemon Pie because it was about MATURE WOMEN... yep, with kids in their late teens, with harried marriages, with somehow, somehow one of them, MJ, realizing that a wedge has crept in between herself and her husband, Chris and she can't pull them back together.

Chris likes to play poker at the club, so MJ naively thinks that joining him might give them a chance to spend adult time together. Thing is, she gets plunked with the beginners and Chris head

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert is a 2016 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I loved The Coincidence of Coconut Cake so much I could hardly wait for Amy E. Reichert’s next book. I have to say the wait was worth it. This is my kind of book in every way imaginable when it comes to contemporary fiction.

MJ’s marriage is in a rut. On her twentieth wedding anniversary, she finds herself waiting for h
Aug 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book....don't waste your time! I grabbed it thinking it would be a fun read (I hate the label, but chick-lit) with food mixed in. NO, no....nope. Thankfully, I got a free copy at work, unfortunately, I kept reading hoping something would redeem the book from the floor where I threw it when it was all draggingly OVER. Again. Wrong. I really need to stop being so kind and optimistic.
This is the story of a headstrong mother/wife who gets into poker because her husband is interested (for a ver
Lisa Leone-campbell
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
As MJ Boudreaux sits anxiously waiting for her very late husband to meet her to celebrate their anniversary at a restaurant to which she has brought a lemon pie, lovingly made by someone other than herself, a pie which at one time during their long relationship had been a symbol of their love and affection for each other many years ago, she begins to realize they are no longer those two people.

Yes, work, children and life have taken its toll on them, always having to put other's needs before the
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I adored the quirky romance Reichert delivered in The Coincidence of Coconut Cake so I was eager to begin Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. Set in Milwaukee and we enter the Boudreaux home. Chris and MJ have settled into a routine and are busy raising two teenage children. When, Chris is late for their anniversary lunch it sets in motion doubts about their relationship. MJ attempts to rekindle their connection but miscommunications, trouble from an old nemesis, and plans backfires MJ is unsure where she s ...more
Sherri Thacker
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is my least favorite of all of Amy E Reichert’s books. Not too interested in the poker world (and I found myself skimming parts of the book) so I was kind of bored with the whole storyline but I kept reading till the end. Just ok.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
We step into the life of MJ and Chris who have been married for over 20 years and have fallen into that trap of boring existence and not taking care of each other in the manner that they should. Nothing in common anymore, working overtime, putting the kids first, and basic existence plague this couple.

As you’re reading the story I found myself reflecting on my own marriage and correlating with the authors writing. I’m sure it’s not a popular position that MJ took things a bit too far, but I can
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
MJ and her husband Chris are going through some rough times in their marriage. One reason is Chris's love of poker which seems to keep them apart. The bigger issue is MJ doesn't really mind. In an attempt to rekindle their relationship MJ tries to use playing poker to find common ground. Instead as MJ starts to play more and find something for herself she puts more space between herself and her husband and kids. After winning a trip to Vegas to play in a tournament which MJ goes on witho
Sheyla ✎
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it

MJ Boudreaux is feeling like the sparks are missing in her marriage. When her husband appears late to their twenty-anniversary dinner, she knows she must do something to improve their relationship. Since her husband Chris enjoys playing poker, she decides she can join him at the tables and learn it herself. This could be something they could share together. To her surprise, she finds out she is good at it and little by little she starts spending more time at the casino.

To make matters worse
Connie Rea
Totally gutted over this novel. I read Reichert's first novel in less than 24 hours and absolutely loved it! I went running to the computer to find more by her! When I was approved for this novel I think I actually did a happy dance!!!

I didn't stay dancing for long. I sometimes actually like "chick lit"...okay, so maybe this will be the only time I admit to that....

butttttttt....this novel is one of the reasons I will rarely admit it. You have a middle aged lady who is all but ignored by her hus
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book! And far more than I expected I would. I was hooked immediately by the cover and title from the very first time, but by the description I wasn't sure if I would have an appreciation for the plot. Simply because poker bores me, I don't like it...which might have to do with the fact that I can't play worth my life. And there was quite a bit of poker in this book. But I am soooooo glad I read it.
Amy Reichert is such a talented author. (I was actually interested in the po
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this novel -- it had everything -- laughs, a few tears, a little romance, jealousy, friendship and love. What more could you want to spend a few hours to take you away from your own problems? MJ and Chris have been married for 20 years and have two teenage kids. Chris has been spending more time at the casino playing poker than he has been spending with MJ so she decides that she needs to start playing poker, too, so that they can spend some quality time together. Boy does her ...more
Jenny Belk
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
How do you recapture the romance and attention you once had after many years of marriage? MJ and Chris are drifting away from each other. MJ must find a way to rekindle that spark they had when they first met. Chris enjoys hours at the local casino. MJ decides to find out what the big deal is with playing poker. She's a quick learner and discovers she has a real knack for the game. She meets a renowned poker champion and starts to enjoy his lavish attention. Will this attraction lead to the dest ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I was hoping to really enjoy reading this book but I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. Didn't connect with MJ and found the plot kind of dull even tough it sounded like a good one when I read back of the book. ...more
Pam Jenoff
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delicious and witty story about a woman who learns how to play poker as a way of reconnecting with her husband and instead finds a part of herself she never knew existed. This book will resonate with every wife and mother who wonders what else is out there or if she can find happiness where she least expects it. So fun!
Kristen Richeal
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this as a Goodreads giveaway. This was a cute book, however I felt it was written for above my bracket. I still enjoyed it though.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found Amy E. Reichert first through The Coincidence of Coconut Cake which was absolutely delightful, so of course when I saw that she had another book getting released in July I jumped at the chance to review it.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie is a bittersweet book, an insightful journey of rediscovering yourself and the person you love and learning to fall in love with them all over again. It's about middle-age crisis, drowning in a routine and disconnecting from your kids.

MJ made me smile, she was s
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of Reichert's I've read, and I loved it even more than the first. MJ is a vibrant character, with real problems, who makes real mistakes. She and Chris are delightfully flawed, but in a way that makes me want to root for them. The tertiary characters are also multi-faceted, and most of them serve some greater purpose. I actually delayed reading for a couple of weeks because I was worried I wouldn't love this book as much as I thought I would, but my fears were misplaced. ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delicious weekend read that you will want to finish in one sitting! Enjoyed the twist on who the baker of the lemon pie is! As you read, you feel as if you are along side MJ and Chris in the hiccups of their marriage. Very smooth and enjoyable read, even I was able to understand the poker madness!
Vanessa S.
I went into this expecting lighthearted chick lit, and while this was chick lit, it was a little more serious and less feel-good than I was expecting. The central plot or issue at hand, a lengthy marriage gone stale, is entirely realistic and I applaud the author for tackling the subject. However, I didn’t feel any connection to the characters, especially not MJ and Chris. I felt more of a connection to Doyle and MJ’s kids than to the main characters. I felt that MJ became too quickly enamored w ...more
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: third-person
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arc, fiction
I'd like to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book!
I really enjoyed Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. It was a perfect summer read.
MJ and Chris has been together since the, well, lemon pie. Chris is a wonderful cook and they meet at a college party where MJ tries his lemon pie and falls in love. She even proposes to him right on the spot, however, he politely declines as it's a bit too soon. But the pair begin dating and eventually marry. Now with two kids, Chris working constantly, and MJ
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-reads
Pick it up, take it home & READ IT! I loved it. It has a little bit of everything. I read with tears in my eyes at points, laughed out loud, and wanted to smack the characters when I knew where the story was headed (they didn't) and I did not want that to happen! So beautifully done, I loved all the characters and will be so excited to hear if/when another book is announced. I also should toss in that I was LUCKY enough to get access to an early e-book copy, but look forward to getting my hands ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
From page one, I lost myself in Amy Reichert's latest book, Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. Every woman who's ever been in a long-term relationship will recognize themselves in MJ, a Wisconsin mother trying to win back the magic in her marriage. When she picks up poker as a way to bond with her hubby, she finds herself spending more time at the casino for comfort than at home. It's a story that whisks readers from the Midwestern suburbs to the Vegas Strip (helloooo Doyle!) and I found every excuse to ke ...more
Amy Ingalls
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed this story. I have been with my husband for 17 years and could relate to them as a couple. I saw myself in MJ because I was also raised to be independent and never rely on or need a man, and this made it hard for me to open up to my husband at first. I always say that people give up on marriage too quickly and don't put in the work, so I was glad to read a book that showed a couple having problems but sticking together and working to fix them. I also like ...more
Jen Malone
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect shelf companion to Elin Hillderbrand and Emily Giffin. Light enough to be a one-afternoon beach read, but more depth and emotion than your "average" chick lit. I loved the female friendships too. ...more
Cindy Roesel
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with author, Amy E. Reichert after reading THE COINCIDENCE of COCONUT CAKE. Then I started following her facebook page and blog. She not only writes wonderful novels about real woman, for women, you feel as if you know her and she's somehow your friend. That may sound strange, but for those of us who are fans, it makes sense.

When I heard Amy had a new novel being published, I was thrilled. I couldn't wait to get my hands on LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE! I knew it was going to be another
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Marriage is work and when MJ Boudreaux sees her marriage starting to crumble she tries to bring them closer by learning more about her husband’s love of poker. Instead of bringing them together she becomes almost addicted spending less and less time with her family. She even enters a tournament and wins a trip to Vegas where her whole life could change completely, but is that what she really wants.

The cover caught my attention and then I saw it was set in Wisconsin and written
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The charming and delicious Milwaukee food scene details sold me on The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and I missed them here. Instead, this book focuses on the stagnate relationship between MJ and her husband, and her attempt to use poker as a way to re-light the fire, to varying degrees of effectiveness. I had to take some major leaps of faith, but I would recommend as a light beach read.

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.
Sandy Harris
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE is definitely not a sequel to THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. Nor is it quite as good. With a plot that is predictable and male characters that are as bland as a soggy pie crust, the saving grace for me were the female characters in the story. Wisconsinites will enjoy the occasional mention of familiar sites and towns, but others might not be as impressed. It was just an “okay” read for me…
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Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for- ...more

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