Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

A Second Bite at the Apple
by Dana Bate

Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers' market. 

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation...

Kritters Thoughts:  Sydney has always been a food funkie and dreamed of being a food writer where she can connect food and people.  She took a job in television as a back up plan and stopped pursuing her dream.  Through a series of events she is now pushed into really finding her dreams and going after them.  

A perfect combo of family drama and love drama - this book really presented Sydney as a whole person who was having relationship issues, family issues and professional issues.  I loved that the author really represented all of the aspects of one's life and that they can all explode at the same time or at different times and you still have to deal with them all. 

The part of the storyline that hit home with me was her sister relationship and although it was presented at the beginning and took a back burner to her relationship and professional drama - it came out blazing in the end and I loved it.  I am the older daughter like Sydney and found very similar traits, so I can't wait to share this book with not only my mom but my sister.

The second novel by Dana Bate and I can honestly say I absolutely loved them both.  I am officially a fan and will read anything she writes.  I hope she has many more books to come!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge.  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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