Book Reviews

Crazy Days Of Christmas By Jill Barry (Review #6)

The description of the book: Lucy Stephenson is facing a Christmas nightmare. Her bistro, ‘The Town Mouse’, is in a bad financial way when her sous chef, Emily, drops the bomb that she’s leaving her in the lurch just weeks before Christmas. Lucy is in a rut, unable to see how she can turn her business around, without a head chef and at the busiest time of year. She reaches out to Dustin at a cookery agency to find a temporary chef. In a stroke of luck, Dustin says he has the perfect man for the job. In fact, this candidate seems too good to be true and Lucy doesn’t understand why such a talented and experienced chef is without a job at Christmas and willing to accept a position below his station and salary. But when James Drummond gets a call from the agency he signed up with a while back, he’s intrigued by the bistro in Dexford. Just back from New York, where he had visited his injured son Sam, James in unsure whether to accept a glamorous job in a London hotel or a stop-gap job in a cosy bistro. Drummond, professional and practical, never takes a job without scouting its potential and travels to Dexford to inspect ‘The Town Mouse’ incognito. But when he sees how busy the restaurant is, and how pushed the staff are, he feels guilty not doing anything to help. Thinking on his feet, he charges into the kitchen and offers a hand. Lucy is surprised to see a stranger in her kitchen, a gorgeous one at that, but she’s glad of the help. As the two work together through the night, feelings stir between them and Lucy in desperate need of holiday help, offers this mystery man a job. He doesn’t respond to the offer and won’t tell her his name. Disappointed to see this beautiful enigmatic man go, Lucy decides she must interview whoever it is Dustin has lined up. She has no choice. So when the man with no name walks through her door the next day claiming to be her interviewee be able to digest his wacky ideas for the restaurant and deal with him pointing out the flaws in her b, Lucy is in shock. Although she’s glad to see him again, she’s not sure she can bare his arrogance. James’ normal mantra is Get in, Revolutionize, Get out. But will it be that simple with The Town Mouse? Will Lucy usiness every step of the way? Will they be able to repress their feelings for each other and save the restaurant from ruin? Who knows, is love on the menu? Crazy Days of Christmas was originally published as A Spoonful of Love.
How this book made me feel: When I read these long book descriptions it seems that half of the book is given away but in this case it is different. This is cute love story with a lot of uncertainty. I really enjoyed that this book was written taking in consideration both characters views and feelings. That somehow makes the story more attractive and romantic.  I think that the name “A Spoonful of Love”  suited this book better, because it doesn’t say much about the actual days of Christmas, it’s more about the period before Christmas.  I really enjoyed the insight of cook’s life which was very detailed in this creation.  The uncertainty between characters feelings was so adorable, just like couple of teenagers. Normally I am not very big fan when there is no proper ending, but this book’s ending was really interesting. Just like something’s ending is a beginning of something new.  It left that question mark hanging there. Is there going to be another book? Overall I liked the book, as cute love story but I would like that it would be more twists, more drama, more continuity. It should have the whole thing, not just the beginning …
My rating 7/10  
Publisher: Endeavour press
You can get this book here: Crazy Days of Christmas

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