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The Coincidence of Coconut Cake ~ Amy E. Reichert

December 26, 2018

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Genre: Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781501100710
336 pages
Source: Publisher

It’s been a very long time since I’ve even picked up, never mind finished and enjoyed, an adult romance book. I’m not usually into chick flicks or similar book equivalents because they make me so anxious.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake was no different but when I stumbled upon a copy by accident, I figured it wouldn’t actually kill me to live a little.

I was happily rewarded with sticky sweet goodness (befitting the title) which made the inevitable suspense and heartbreak rollercoaster worth the ride.

The story shares two voices, switching between Lou, a chef and restaurant owner in surprisingly bustling Milwaukee, and Al, a well-bred but somewhat disgraced British expat, making his way through the American Midwest by writing (ah, yes, here’s the cliche) restaurant reviews.

Obviously, their paths cross but the catch is, neither know it upon their first meeting. Romance and lies ensue.

What could have been another retelling of every other rom-com ever created, was surprisingly delightful in its depth. There were far more feelings than I’d initially expected from something literally named for a light, sugary, fluffy dessert.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I did end up with actual tears in my eyes toward the end.

Does that make me a light romance convert?

Probably not.

But I’ll definitely give Amy E. Reichert another go.

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