Holiday romance on the menu?
Passionate chef Rafe Mancini is renowned for his food—and his temper! No one meets his exacting standards, until stand-in maître d' Daniella Tate breathes new life into his restaurant, and Rafe…
Daniella is only visiting the picturesque Tuscan village of Calanetti, but with Rafe she finds the sense of belonging she's always craved. Clutching her ticket home, Daniella must make a decision…return to her old, safe life or stay as Rafe's bride!
I loved the Italian, Tuscan, backdrop of this story. It reminded me of the movie Under The Tuscan Sun, a feel good entertainment that makes you smile. The story is clean, there's love scenes, or bad language.
The feeling of belonging, destiny, and home Daniella has in the Mancini's is heartfelt.
She fits well in the restaurant world, as well as with Rafe, they seems to be like the two halves of the whole. Rafe's temperament, that he is famous for, calms down when around her. She feels more confident around him.
The goals and future plans they have are the opposite, coming from the place of hurt, disappointment from their past. In the midst of the conflict, they have, I appreciate the honesty about their feelings towards each other, they didn't hide the attraction they had for each other, and worked to find a solution that worked for both of them.
It is a fun, quick, enjoyable summer read, with an interesting look into the restaurant world
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me