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Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake CoverTitle: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Description:

YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.


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Sweet and delicious! PUN INTENDED 😉

This is the perfect book to enjoy on a rainy day when you want to just cuddle up in a cozy blanket, drink something warm, and read something absolutely delightful!

Of course, I read it on a super sunny day and it was still incredibly scrumptious! (Yea yea, I’m liking all these puns 🙂 )

The two characters in this book are so perfect for one another; they’re irresistible!  It’s like they were made for each other, and what I loved most about them is that they each taught the other something new–whether it was a special food to try or even a different way of thinking.

Lou thought she had everything she wanted: a good career, great friends, and a wonderful fiancée. When everything starts crumbling down (I can’t stop with these puns…) she realizes she’s been on the wrong track all along. With the support of her amazing friends, she ventures to take new opportunities and meet new people.

Al writes bloody harsh reviews. Great reviews, but brutal. His reviews (under a pen name) alone can cause a restaurant to shut down–case in point Luella’s. Luella’s is a sweet and homey French cuisine restaurant that is doing okay, but barely hanging in there. One blow can tip it all over.  After Al visits the establishment, everything goes down hill very quickly.

Of course the one day a super famous food critic visits Luella’s is the same day Lou finds that oh-so-wonderful fiancée of hers cheating on her. Yep, that’s right, folks! Lou is the owner of Luella’s! Dealing with all the pressure of trying to keep her dear restaurant afloat, wanting to surprise her ex soon-to-be husband on his birthday, and feeling really down with everything, she tries to keep her mind occupied on anything else and goes to help the restaurant. Orders don’t come out as perfect as they usually do, and Al happens to be one of the receiving end customers. Now, since his less than stellar review has gone out, business has been low and she may have to shut down. 😦 The only good thing that’s come out of it all is that she’s met a really kind and funny guy who wants to take her up on her offer and show him what Milwaukee is all about.

I think you see where this is going! 😀 Al is that charming guy, and once we find out what Al really does for a living, and especially what he’s done recently, things get a bit sticky.

AND…BOOM that’s the last of my puns! You’re welcome. HA!

This is one of those stories where the audience is talking while flipping pages and saying things like, “Tell her! Tell her!” or “Oh no! Don’t!”  At least I did.. *shuffles feet*

I really enjoyed Amy’s debut book and I’m looking forward to more from her. I hope you all check out this lovely story. ❤

–P.S. I can’t wait to try the coconut cake recipe too!! YES! There is a recipe to Lou’s infamous cake that you all must try!






Amy E. ReichertAbout the Author:  

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-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.


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