Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love
The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?
After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.
Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her grandmother’s story can help show the way?
Lodge (Plain Jayne) confects a yummy romance involving Juliette D'Alisa and her large Italian-French-American family of cooks and restaurateurs. Burned in a romance with her brother Nico's sous-chef, and washed out as a professional chef, Juliette is a food writer and critic who turns to online dating as a recipe for love. A major subplot involves a family secret. In the table willed to her by her late French grandmother, Juliette finds a photo of a handsome man whose resemblance to her brother Nico is too strong to ignore. Juliette attempts to unravel the mystery of the photo while keeping up with her demanding family, her heart's own demands, and the lure of her true calling. Lodge has put together a many-faceted plot, and not all the details are equally well researched. Yet she develops characters with heart, and her pacing sweeps the reader along. The novel is made for Food Network addicts the recipes included are a true bonus, and they're easy to execute.