A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge is a great story. As you read it, you feel like you are standing beside the characters and observing the story first hand. Juliette D’Alisa has spent her entire life in restaurants. When her grandmother dies, she is left a table from her bakery. One night, she discovers her grandmother’s cookbook is in the drawer with a hidden picture. The picture is not her grandfather, but looks suspiciously like her brother.
Juliette is struggling with a relationship that ended awhile back, the result of which ultimately closed her brother’s restaurant. When her brother suggests opening a new restaurant, this time promising to listen to Juliette’s advice, she doesn’t know what to do. Should she leave her job as a food writer at the local paper? Should she open the restaurant with Nico? Meanwhile, their mom is diagnosed with cancer and is going through chemotherapy treatments.
In the middle of all this, she meets a kindred soul in Neil – a man she met through a dating site. He is practically perfect – but he lives in Memphis. Can Juliette handle the long-distance relationship?
Juliette decides to take her antique picture, that looks like her brother, with her to France to visit her great aunt. Except her great aunt has Alzheimer’s.
Definitely, this is a must read. Hang out with Juliette and her family, and find out who is in the photo. Cook up some of Juliette’s recipes. Find out what happens with Neil.
I am waiting impatiently for a sequel.
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