STORY: The leading, first-person narrative of this story is Juliette D’Alisa, the youngest child of six in a French-Italian family. Juliette – or Etta as she is sometimes called, is now a food critic in the aftermath of a failed restaurant business which she operated with her brother and friend, Eric. Now, years later, her brother Nico plans to start a new restaurant and he wants Juliette to be a part of it, only trouble is, her life just gets way more complicated. Not only does she take on more work responsibilities, as luck would have it, she meets a guy who could maybe – just maybe, be the one she’s been waiting for.
A TABLE BY THE WINDOW, BY HILLARY MANTON LODGE | BOOK REVIEW
REVIEW: Some novel beginnings are humble and quiet, expanding from where they start, kind of like a warm loaf of homemade bread. Considering this novel is actually, primarily about food – eating food, creating food, this is an apropos reference. More than this, it’s about us living vicariously through the lives of the people behind those concoctions.‘A Table by the Window’: Food, Family and Faith. A review of the novel by Hillary Manton Lodge. #FWArchives #BookLovers #Fiction #BookReview Click To Tweet
I have a kind of picky preference when it comes to reading first person narrative. Nonetheless, this is one I didn’t mind being written as such. Add in some letters (emails do count) and a fun-loving family, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a lovely 200+ page novel. First things first, I like that this novel keeps things short and sweet. The book is long enough, but not overlong, which is perfect because it uses its space wisely and doesn’t ever seem to move too fast. The opening does lag a tiny bit, but it’s a minor complaint. Beyond this, A Table by the Window is gorgeous. There’s something complexly “different” about this novel that begs us to take notice. It’s one of those stories where we find beauty in the norm and quiet of what its words.
The romance is “barely there” in terms of being “present”; we don’t get a lot of face to face time between the two, yet what is here is elegant and mostly blossoms through writing letters. When we do have the pleasure of meeting the guy through Juliette’s eyes, we instantly fall for him because, well, he’s pretty awesome and then there’s that ending, le sigh.
Considering this is a series that is going to stick with Juliette (instead of the usual three-book series about different characters), there’s unresolved issues left. One being her romantic future, another family tragedies, and then there’s her work. So many questions hang in the air and yet I’ve a good feeling that in Manton’s hands, Juliette will get the best possible story a girl could ever want – that and plenty of food. ♥
About the Book:
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Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Source: Publisher provided via Blogging for Books
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: A Table for Two (or Two Blue Doors), book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
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