Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: The Girl's Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs
by Dana Bate

Publisher: Hyperion 
Pages: 320 
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn’t want any of it. What she wants is much simpler: to cook.

When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she’s always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord’s town house. Though her delicious dishes become the talk of the town, her secret venture is highly problematic, given that it is not, technically speaking, legal. She also conveniently forgets to tell her landlord she has been using his place while he is out of town.

On top of that, Hannah faces various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who don’t support cooking as a career, and her own fears of taking a risk and charting her own path.

Kritters Thoughts:  Set in D.C., with a girl, Hannah who is trying to find happiness in following her parents' path and just wants to do what she feels she is gifted in - cooking and catering.  Although she finds confidence through being deceptive and hosting a supper club in her landlord's apartment, she finally finds the courage to pursue her passion.

From page one, I was swept into Hannah's world and wanted to find out what would happen to her and with her on the next page.  She quickly exists a toxic relationship, although he and his new flame will re enter the story a few more times in the story, but I love that the true drama does not revolve around her relationship, but instead her search for the right career path.  The relationships only take a back burner to the professional drama, which is a nice change!  

Definitely a chick lit, but the author was able to put true heart in showing growth in our main character as she tries to find and then follow a dream.  An added bonus was that the setting is mere miles from my home and I could easily picture Hannah on the streets of D.C. in all of her adventures.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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