Title: Dining with Joy
Series: Lowcountry #3
Author: Rachel Hauck
**Special thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.**
Although this is a series and I have not yet read the first two volumes, Dining with Joy read well as a standalone. I decided to review this book because I was intrigued by the premise. I love cooking and although I don’t watch TV, I do occasionally watch an episode of Food TV via iTunes.
Joy Ballard agrees to her father’s deathbed wish and takes over his cooking show. Only one problem…Joy doesn’t know “How to Boil Water” (sorry, I just can’t resist a reference to my favorite cooking-challenged show…the first cooking show I remember watching). Yet her stunning good looks and Southern charm win her the opportunity to be on prime time TV on a major network.
When the television producers decide she needs a sidekick, Luke is hired. Joy sees this as a win-win situation…He can get her out of cooking.
Ms. Hauck’s witty and dry sense of humor peppers the novel. I found myself chuckling out loud during several pages. To be honest I thought the premise of the novel was a bit unbelievable, yet I still enjoyed this novel very much. I could not believe Joy could continue on without even her producer being the wiser. The beautiful descriptive language, realistic characters, and chuckle-worthy humor kept me turning pages.