Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Talk with R & T: Close to Destiny by Adria Cimino (Review and Giveaway!)

It's time for another Book Talk with R & T! 
This week we will be featuring:

Title: Close to Destiny
Author: Adria J. Cimino
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Publication Date: March 2, 2015
ISBN: 9780692346945
Number of Pages: 212
How I Got It: direct from author
Format: Kindle 
Goodreads Summary:
Does déjà vu have a deeper meaning?A puzzling gift from a stranger in a hat shop. Whisperings and footsteps in a dim luxury hotel. Dreams that transport to elegant parties where champagne flows like water. Kat is both frightened and intrigued by the events that have plagued her since she arrived in London, in a final effort to save herself from anorexia and recover from her latest suicide attempt.
Most disturbing is an encounter with a mysterious woman who introduces Kat to Will. And this lovely messenger has information she desperately wants to share with Kat: an incident from more than a century ago that could transform Kat’s future. But will Kat listen?
A story of the role of destiny in life... and of righting the wrongs of the past.

My Review: 
In recovery for anorexia and a suicide attempt, Katherine is relying on her journal and charcoal drawings as her current forms of therapy. While on a trip to London to promote her art, she becomes intwined in the strange goings on at her hotel. After meeting a woman named Destiny, she finds herself involved in a family feud and faced with the possibility of past lives. I loved the settings in this story: grand hotels, intimate apartment sitting rooms, and bustling little tea rooms. I also found the storyline to be a combination soap opera (who's related to who and how are they involved) and seance (past lives, predictions, love stories.) I read this short novel in a single morning and would recommend this fast read to anyone stuck in a reading rut. 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Foodie Friday: Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Title: Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage
Author: Molly Wizenberg
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
ISBN: 9781451655094
Number of Pages: May 6, 2014
How I Got It: Library
Format: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:
In this funny, frank, tender memoir and New York Times bestseller, the author of A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette recounts how opening a restaurant sparked the first crisis of her young marriage.
When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a handful of offbeat interests: espresso machines, wooden boats, violin-building, and ice cream–making. So when Brandon decided to open a pizza restaurant, Molly was supportive—not because she wanted him to do it, but because the idea was so far-fetched that she didn’t think he would. Before she knew it, he’d signed a lease on a space. The restaurant, Delancey, was going to be a reality, and all of Molly’s assumptions about her marriage were about to change.
Together they built Delancey: gutting and renovating the space on a cobbled-together budget, developing a menu, hiring staff, and passing inspections. Delancey became a success, and Molly tried to convince herself that she was happy in their new life until—in the heat and pressure of the restaurant kitchen—she realized that she hadn’t been honest with herself or Brandon.
With evocative photos by Molly and twenty new recipes for the kind of simple, delicious food that chefs eat at home, Delancey is a moving and honest account of two young people learning to give in and let go in order to grow together.

My Review:
I had not heard of Molly Wizenberg or her blog, Orangette, before I picked up this book. I was hearing some buzz about it when it was released last summer. The description caught my attention because I've daydreamed before about opening a restaurant. It is fun to think about but I don't think I would have the chops for it! Molly and her husband had no serious restaurant work under their belts yet they jumped in feet first and opened Delancey. Molly chronicles their journey from finding the perfect location, to what restaurant workers and chefs eat themselves, to the problems running a restaurant placed on her marriage in this lovely book featuring beautiful photos and recipes. I really enjoyed this book and will be adding her first book A Homemade Life to my list.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review:: That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light and Book Talk with R & T Announcement

Title: That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light 
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Publication Date: January 20. 2015
ISBN: 9780692340110
Number of Pages: 266
How I Got It: From Adria Cimino 
Format: e-galley

Goodreads Description: 
Paris-the most romantic, beautiful and frustrating city in the world! If you've ever traveled to Paris, lived in the City of Light or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestoned streets, you'll enjoy escaping into this collection of short stories about France's famed capital.
From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most famous cities in the world.
View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven't quite gotten around to leaving yet...
That's Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.

My Review:
I love anything Paris-related and this book did not disappoint. I would recommend this for any night stand. This anthology is a perfect combination of fun, funny, romantic, and like any great book, contains some yummy food. I especially love that this anthology features the amazing author, Adria Cimino.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Announcing the next Book Talk with R & T: 

3/2 - 3/6:

Close to Destiny by Adria Cimino 

Come join Tamara and I to discuss this wonderful new release and enter our giveaway for a copy!