It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother’s recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is–and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own. Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He’s come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don’t die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk
Read this one for bookclub. It was a good discussion book and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
I am all about a good foodie book, but at the same time, I didn't fall in love with these characters. (but that's about me, right?) Elena was an especially complex character, as was Julian I guess. Well, written, but I wanted to bond with them better. I don't know why I didn't.
You and I know that sometimes 'the time' is just not right in our lives for 'the book'. I think it was one of those times.
I loved everything about the book -- 3 stars.
But I feel if I had picked it up during a different time, I would have given it 4 stars.