On Sale: March 3, 2015
Featuring: Anneke Stroudt
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Fiction Women's Fiction | Contemporary Women's Fiction
Stacey Ballis cooks up a delicious broth of a novel
a woman whose perfect life falls apart in spectacular
fashion--leaving her with a house to restore, an antique
cookbook (but no cooking talent), and one very unhappy
schnauzer. For fans of Jen Lancaster, Jennifer Weiner, and
To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess—her
are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language
But, despite her flaws, Anneke’s life is close to perfect.
She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving
fiancé who cooks like a dream.
Until Anneke’s charmed existence falls apart when she
both her job and her future husband in one terrible day.
need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled
and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws
pent-up frustration—and what little savings she has—into
finishing the renovation.
But at the first step into the house’s overhaul, Anneke is
sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound
book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and
steamy secrets from Gemma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the
house’s original owners. Slowly, with the help of some
delicious food and Emma’s life lessons, Anneke begins to
realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she’s been
waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect
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