Pickin’ Tomatoes by J.W. Bull
J.W. Bull is currently on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Pickin’ Tomatoes. This is book after my own heart. The heroine, Maggie Malone, is soon-to-be-divorced and now a single mom. Okay, that’s not me but she also cannot cook (not even a smidge) but bluffed her way through a contest and is now the Chef of Hearts – dating and food columnist for Cooking and Women magazine. Yes! I loved the plot line for this book, and it was not a disappointment!
Maggie is thirty-five (cough,forty,cough) an ex-chef of Lavande Restaurant in Paris (cough,nevercookedbefore,cough) and single (cough,stillmarriednotdivorcedyetwithadaughter,cough). And she had a new job as a columnist for a real magazine! Maggie is thrilled with her good fortunes, and excited to start this new chapter in her life. But will pretending to be someone she’s not really work out in the end for her? And how long can keep she keep up the charade that she is a real chef that has served the Pitt-Jolie clan in Paris?
I loved Pickin’ Tomatoes! So many of Maggie’s kitchen woes have actually happened to me! If you follow my tweets – you understand it’s best that I stay far, far away from the kitchen. Nothing good ever seems to come from it. I absolutely loved the part where Maggie washed the chicken with Palmolive. Why? Because the first time I washed chicken on my own – I literally questioned if I should use soap – no joke! I was rolling on the floor laughing when I read that part. (And no – I skipped the soap that fateful first time!) This was a very-well written novel, humorous and very delightful to read. Sometimes I did wonder how Maggie avoided all the disasters when she was in public versus in her kitchen, but I’m letting that slide because I really loved the book. 5 stars from me!
**Everyone who leaves a comment on J.W.’s tour page will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Pickin’ Tomatoes before July 30 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**