Author: S.C. Stephens
Publish Date: February 25, 2012
Publisher: S.C. Stephens
My Source: Borrowed from a friend
My rating: 2 Stars
A continuation of the novel, Thoughtless…
A lot can happen in a year. You grow, you change, you learn from your mistakes. And Kiera had made a lot of mistakes to learn from. But she had learned, and she was determined to never cause a man pain again, especially the amazing man who currently held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it come out the other side unscathed?
Love is easy…trust is hard. (Goodreads Summary)
I had really hoped this book would be better than the first. It literally took me twelve days to get through it and if you know me, I am not a slow reader at all. Many times I would fall asleep shortly after picking it up. The beginning was so slow. I can’t stand when an author takes 1/3 of the book to get me up to speed with what I missed in the first book. Why did I even read the first one if you were going to retell it in the second? When the story did get interesting, after Kellan left, I couldn’t put it down. My favorite movie is P.S. I Love You and Effortless had a lot of what I love about that movie. But then that was it. The story started getting sappy and you could literally see the pretty pink bow that wrapped up the book getting tied and sprinkled with fairy dust. If there is a third, I will not be reading it. This story could have been told so much better, it is a good story. The writing style just wasn’t believable or relatable for me.
Title: Elza’s Kitchen
Author: Marc Fitten
Publish Date: July 03, 2012
My Source: Netgalley
My rating: 2 Stars
From the author of Valeria’s Last Stand, a charming fable of mid-life, of passion and purpose lost and found in a restaurant kitchen.
For years, Elza has gotten by. A divorcee out of culinary school, she started her own little restaurant in the mid-size Hungarian city of Delibab, and she’s grown a decent business, cooking quality versions of Hungarian classics and serving them with a smile. But lately her smile has gotten tired. Her loveless affair with her sous-chef has become an irritation. She’s getting sick of the same old dishes and the same old customers. And in these nascent years of capitalism, it will take some competition-both personal and professional-to make her see that her restaurant, and her happiness, are worth fighting for.
Marc Fitten fell in love with Hungary after years spent living there, and his second novel is a celebration of its culture and cuisine, as well as a portrait of a woman and her country in transition.
Marc Fitten was born in Brooklyn and lived in Hungary from 1993-1998. He is the former editor of the Chattahoochee Review and of the Red Hen Press Literary Translation series. Marc Fitten’s first novel, Valeria’s Last Stand, was published in six countries. He lives in Atlanta. (Official Book Summary)
This story was just OK. It really had promise to be a better than OK story but ultimately it just fell short. For me, it just stemmed from the fact that I didn’t care about Elza, the main character. I found her uninspired and just plain boring. The story starts off with Elza lamenting over the fact that she doesn’t love her boyfriend, she just wants a warm body next to her. Sees that her ex-husband, whom she left because he wanted to start a family, has moved on. He got remarried and started a family. Elza again starts lamenting about how she has nothing to show for her life. Nevermind the fact that she has a successful restaurant, a beautiful apartment, male customers who adore her, and a boyfriend who has asked her to marry him too many times. I can’t stand people like this! She has so much yet, she can’t be happy for what she has. This is why I just couldn’t get into her or the story.