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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge July 7, 2016

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Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.

In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.

As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.

Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.

But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?

About Hillary Manton Lodge

Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA bestselling book. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate magazine. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring new walking trails. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon.

My thoughts and giveaway:

What an amazing wrap up to a great series. This book was fabulous, probably my favorite out of the whole series.

It is divided into two parts. I will say at first, at the end of part I, I was like well, now what, a lot seemed resolved? But I totally get it now. Truly, it’s like getting two books in one.

Juliette starts the book with Adrian and I knew it felt all wrong. When she see’s Neil my heart ached for them to get back together. I loved the way Hillary handled that.

Then there is the mystery surrounding Juliette’s grandmother. That was a beautiful story as well.

I love Juliette’s family, especially Caterina, what a great personality.

There are recipes included with this book. So if what you read about sounds good you can cook it up.

You probably could read this book without reading the others but I think I was more deeply invested in these characters because I had read the other two.

The ending was totally perfect, a great way to wrap the series.

Visit Hillary here.

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Leave a comment by July 14th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. 



Review and Giveaway:Reservations For Two by Hillary Manton Lodge June 11, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:26 pm
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A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.

Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?

As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries? – See more at:

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. All the yummy food and fun family dynamics. I couldn’t wait to read the second book.

I’m happy to say I enjoyed this one as well. It was fun meeting up with this family again.

The book starts in France and then we go to Italy for a bit as Juliette tries to uncover family secrets and discovers bits and pieces.

Soon we are back in the states and back to reality as Juliette and Neil try to navigate their long distance relationship. The author has painted them into a corner. They both have jobs that are very much set where they live. How could things ever work out? Will they?

At the end of several chapters are recipes of what the characters were eating…yum.

I will say, if I hadn’t read the first book I think I would’ve been bored. I was invested because I knew this family and the characters but I think if I didn’t have the other information I don’t know if I would’ve cared about them that much. With that being said I think you do need to read the first book to truly appreciate this one.

Visit Hillary here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by June 22nd for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Review and Giveaway: A Table by the Window July 1, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:28 pm
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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?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book made me hungry 🙂

A Table by the Window is a book I passed by a couple of times, not sure if I really wanted to review  it or if I would enjoy it. But I kept hearing about it from authors who I really like reading, so I gave it a shot.

I have to say I am very glad I did.

This isn’t a fast paced book but it isn’t slow either. It’s an action  that is different but the story did keep moving along nicely, I was never bored.

Juliette is a great character, struggling to find herself and her path in life. She has suffered a loss recently with the passing of her grandmother and with that comes a picture she discovers that makes no sense to her. There are a lot of things happening within the family right now so she isn’t comfortable bringing it them.

Hillary did a great job giving each character in the book his or her own personality and Juliette has a large family. I loved reading the French words. I took three years of French in high school so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually understood some of what the was being said in French.

The slow romance between Juliette and Neil is also nice and keeps you wondering how they could make this relationship work.

Even more fun, especially for book clubs, are the recipes at the end of a lot of the chapters. If you love to cook you will appreciate that bonus.

Overall a good read that I am glad I took the time to finally review.

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Read chapter one here.

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.