Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

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.**

My Review:
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.


Whenever I heard of book that include cooking, my mind quickly goes to Julie & Julia *lol* This sounds like an exceptional read and I love that the author include a lot of humour in it! It has been awhile since last time I read this kind of book. Perhaps I should give it a try =)

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I don't usually read contemporary's but Rachel's Lowcountry novels are awesome. I especially enjoyed Love Starts with Elle.

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This sounds great.

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Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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