Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance)
My Take on the Book: I love fiction books that include food! They are usually fun books to read. This one was no exception. The main character, Joy took over her father's TV food show after he died. She became Dining with Joy.  Joy is a spunky, fun and entertaining food hostess who had a tasty secret.   (SPOILER ALERT:) Ever heard of a food chef who can't cook? That is Joy. Her crew knew her secret and helped her conceal it from everyone. This was all fine and dandy until her show got bought out. How can they keep hiding her truth?

Joy seemed to struggle with what she knew was right vs. telling flat out lies related to her cooking show.  This proves, too, that when you are doing something wrong you bring others into it and drag them into doing wrong.  She struggled with her faith, too.  From the beginning of the book she had a favorite bible verse, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me." John 4:34 and it was this verse with which she struggled.  She stuggled with not being able to cook yet she was the host/co-host of a cooking show.  Once she worked out her struggles she was able to let go of the fear of not being able to cook and then to actually start cooking. 

I'm always blown away when people tell me that they can't cook. If you can read you can cook. This book isn't just about cooking.  It is about struggling with ones faith, relationship struggles, dealing with the past and moving on, family struggles and more.  It was a very quick read!  The book included a few recipes in the back.  I would have LOVED for the author to have included the recipe for "Country Fried Rice." It was the one recipe that Joy could make and was a hit with her future husband, Luke (he sounds delish, BTW.)

Pick it up and read it!  This is my first book by Rachel Hauck! I cant wait to read more of her tasty words! Want to enter to win a Kitchen Aid?  Thanks to Rachel's publisher you have a chance! Enter below to win her book and then go to KITCHEN AID and enter there.  Once you enter come back and claim 10 KITCHEN AID BONUS entries for this giveaway. That giveaway ends 12/2 so go enter quickly!

About Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author and award winning of Sweet Caroline and Love Starts With Elle, and numerous other fiction titles.
She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets.
Rachel earned a degree in Journalism form Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an Advisor. 
Visit her:
Rachel's website:  http://www.rachelhauck.com/index.html
blog:  http://rachelhayeshauck.blogspot.com/

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Thanks to TLC Blog Tours I was given a chance to review this book and participate in the tour. The sponsor sent me a book and will mail out one to the winner of the giveaway. My own tasty words and opinions were expressed here.
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