The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
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Source: purchased for Kindle.

Genre: contemporary romance.

My rating:

Ohh, this is another one of those books. It has a great premise, some fantastic elements, I loved the heroine so much, and it made me hungry because the food descriptions are marvelous, but the whole just didn’t do it for me. This will contain spoilers because I want to talk about it some more, so if you want to read it, please stop reading now. You’ve been warned.

Lou is a small restaurant owner who gets a horrible review after she has a really bad day in life/her kitchen. The person responsible for the bad review – Al – is a nasty food critic who enjoys skewering restaurants and chefs, and takes perverse pleasure in seeing the effect of his words.

Now, Lou is fantastic. She’s warm and hardworking and trusting and a great friend. She’s also a fantastic chef, and I enjoyed her parts of the story so much. But Al…He was just such an asshole. He vents his own frustrations on unsuspecting people, and when he finds out he’s the reason for Lou’s misfortune, he hides behind his pseudonym like the coward that he is. When he didn’t come clean to Lou, I lost all interest in the story. The moment when he stated calculating how he could save his stupid ass and still stay with the woman whose life he ruined, I just sort of skim-read his parts because he annoyed me so much.

And the fact that she forgave him? Nope, sorry. He was so self-assured, so convinced that he was doing the world a favor by being nasty, I couldn’t empathize with him at all. Which is a pity, because I loved so many other things about this story.

The setting, the details of Lou’s life in the restaurant, Lou’s relationships with virtually everyone else…were great, really well-done. This reads more like chick-lit than romance, that’s worth mentioning. The story also dragged a little – I read it on my Kindle, so I don’t have a good sense of how long it was, but it definitely could have been shorter. So yeah. I might look up Reichert’s other books (are there any?) because I liked so much about this one, but I can’t whole-heartedly recommend The Coincidence of Coconut Cake because of the issues I mentioned.

Have you read The Coincidence? What did you think?

Would you forgive the person who ruined your life and lied about it?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • That title and cover make me want to read this book straight away :’) The things you describe about Al and their relationship make me go “no, thank you”, though. That sounds like a terribly frustrating read! But that cover… <3

    • I KNOW, the cover and the title are amazing, and then it was a Kindle deal and I just couldn’t resist. It’s such a shame it wasn’t a better story. :(

  • This is so disappointing! I mean, the title is perfect. I remember that Cait didn’t care for it, either, so I definitely will be skipping it. I guess I’ll have to bake my own cake instead. :P

    • Yep, the title and the cover are great, I even read the Amazon sample before buying it and it had SO MUCH voice – I loved the beginning. And then it just crashed and burned. Yes, definitely bake your own cake! :)

      By the way, I remembered something I wanted to mention about bread the other day – there’s a long-rise no-knead recipe that doesn’t require a fridge: http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_wednesday_chef/2006/11/jim_laheys_nokn.html it uses just a tiny amount of dry yeast and you leave it rest for overnight and it’s really good. :)

      • What the heck! That’s terrible. I haven’t baked cake yet (no cake for my birthday was sad, haha), but we did make some delicious scones yesterday. I’m getting closer!

        Oh, that looks really simple, thanks!

  • I completely get why you had an issue with this because I hate when a character doesn’t get some kind of comeuppance or experience a proper redemptive moment for their rubbish actions. I’ll probably avoid this as I’d be like you, annoyed at Al and questioning how Lou forgave him. The cover does make me want to eat cake, though. I have a very strong need for cake now. Oh well, I’ll find me another book which strongly features food instead.

    • Yeah, if a character (in a romance!) behaves like a shit, he should at least do some serious groveling. Though I admit I don’t like groveling so much, I’m always like “Why did you have to be a shit in the first place? How about being a nice person instead?” And yeah, I know, the cover and the title are perfect. Such a shame.

      • Yeah, but at least if some grovelling happens you can tell they regret it and they’ve grown at least slightly as a character.