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    Beautiful story of friendship !

    I would give this book 10 stars if I could. This is quite possibly the perfect book. It made me laugh at times, Cecily is a wonderful character and I hope I’m like her should I reach her age. At the end I cried, with the tears trailing down my cheeks yet with a smile in my heart. I loved Kate, she isn’t the typical single girl in most books. Kate is older then the usual female character (although 40 is young) and she doesn’t have the perfect job or boyfriend but she is realistic and loveable. The story flows smoothly from one chapter to the other and Cecily’s story telling is magical. To see the friendship that this unlikely pair developed gives one a lift, they both needed each other in their lives at this precise time. All of the recipes and the stories that went with each one was inspiring and I would like to see the cookbook actually published. While the love story is a prominent part of the book it doesn’t overwhelm the real story of believing in yourself, loving yourself and treating yourself as wonderfully as you deserve. It was a pleasure to read this book and I thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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    A wonderful read

    I received a free electronic copy of this excellent women's novel from Netgalley, Vicky Zimmerman, and Sourcebooks Landmark - Zaffre. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am compelled to add Vicky Zimmerman to my must-read author's shelf. Thank you, Netgalley, for exposing me to her work. I encourage friends and family to add this book to their collections. Kate Parker is a thoroughly modern London woman, still single and pushing 40, and finding herself in a romantic relationship that she hopes is the keeper she has been searching for a long time. She has been employed with the same grocery chain for twenty years, rising steadily up through the ranks and surviving several company cutbacks, has several very dear friends who keep her grounded, including her bestie since they were four years old, Bailey, and of course, there is her mother Rita, widowed when only child Kate was just twenty and even more modern than her daughter, Rita is 'into' holistic healing of all sorts and dating much younger men. Kate is pretty self-sufficient - she's an avid reader, loves to cook, loves to eat, and explore different cultural dishes. Nick Sullivan is a 44-year-old geek, into classic computer games, legos, and crossword puzzles and existed on fast food before he met Kate but has entered into the spirit of food discovery. Though currently between jobs he is highly sought out in his field of computer coding and cybersecurity and when on a job has a one-track mind and disconnects from his life with Kate until that job is done. Kate and Nick have dated exclusively for over a year, are together nearly every night, and are talking of children, planning their lives together, set to move in together at Nick's apartment on their return from their autumn holiday. But while in France Nick experiences what he calls a wobble - he loves Kate and does want them to live together and eventually marry but - not yet. He feels like he simply must have more time to adapt to connubial bliss. And Kate's roommate has already sub-leased her room, leaving her homeless on her return to London. Temporarily moving in with her Mom, Kate is heartbroken and there is going to be another layoff at her job but her boss can't decide who he is going to keep on yet - he will let them know by November. Her world is upside down with no structure that she can count on. The consensus of opinion among her friends, co-workers and her Mom involves kicking Nick to the curb. Kate doesn't give up - on anything - and she wants to give Nick another chance, but is talked into giving him a deadline - they will not see each other until Nick commits and if she doesn't hear from him by her 40th birthday in November, she will have to move on. Kate and Bailey decide that an advertised animal rescue volunteer job of socializing kittens, just around the corner from her work - Kate doesn't have a personal vehicle - is just the thing to give Kate an emotional outlet from job and man problems - but by the time Bailey drives her over, that position has been filled. Just around another corner is a retirement home also advertising for a volunteer and Bailey has to pick up her daughters from school, so she drops Kate off to explore that option. Kate isn't so sure - she loves kittens. She isn't sure how she feels about old people, never having been exposed to them. And after she meets Miss Cicily, she is pretty sure that if the gig didn't involve cooking she would not be at all interested...
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    Heartwarming and my new favorite!

    Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark publisher and NetGalley for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own. I loved this book! Heartwarming and thoroughly engaging. The plot, the characters, the concept, the writing - all excellent. I couldn't stop reading and when finished was as completely satisfied as if I had just eaten a delicious meal (such as those delectably described in this book). A story of friendship, cooking, and love. As the publisher says: "An unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls - one at the end of her life, one stuck in the middle - who discover one big life lesson: never be ashamed to ask for more." I will be telling all my friends to read this book!
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    Predictable, but lovable characters.

    I enjoyed the story much more than I expected to. The characters and plot were predictable; the writing merely ok. But in spite of myself, I became increasingly drawn into the lives of the main characters, and closed the book with a sense of already missing them.
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