Have you seen Runaway Bride? Do you remember that part of the movie where Julia Roberts' character changes her egg preference based off what her fiance likes? Then the guy she ends up with realizes this problem and has her eat a bunch of different kinds of eggs to figure out what she likes?
From time to time, I like to post book reviews of what I'm reading. Today's review is of Rachel Hauck's Dining with Joy. Rachel is an active ACFW member, works with My Book Therapy, and is pretty much an all-around wonderful person. You may have read some of her other books, including The Sweet By and By, which she wrote with Sara Evans. So without further ado, here's the review. (Just call me Dr. Seuss.)
Joy Ballard is living every cooking host’s dream. Her culinary show has just been picked up by a major network, opening up the possibility of stardom. Only problem? She doesn’t know how to cook. What Joy doesn’t realize is that her ultimate humiliation could also lead to her greatest dreams.
This novel by Rachel Hauck is sure to rank among her previous honors, which include finaling in the RITA Awards, winning the ACFW Book of the Year Award, and being chosen for the Top Pick Book Reviews by The Romantic Times.
Readers will be drawn in by Hauck’s unique ability to construct a storyworld that tells both the literal and the figurative story. In Dining with Joy, something as simple as a drive through lowcountry South Carolina is never just a drive, but signifies a progression in the characters’ lives.
Similarly, the characters are exceptionally well-crafted. Readers will enjoy seeing several characters’ perspectives written into the book, especially when these different perspectives show the complexities of the problems between Joy and her beau, Luke Redmond. The banter between these two as they flirt their way into romance is witty and charming.
When Luke doubts his camera presence, for instance, he says, “I feel like a talking brick,” to which Joy responds with laughter, “I was thinking cardboard, but brick is good.”
The tension spikes as Joy’s archnemesis in the foodie world, Wenda Devine, reveals Joy’s secret on national television. Luke must decide whether he truly loves Joy, since she’s ruined his reputation as a legitimate chef, and Joy has a few decisions of her own. She has to find the inner strength to move beyond the promise she made to her dying father before inheriting his cooking show.
You can find Rachel Hauck on Facebook, Twitter, or her website http://rachelhauck.com/.
How's everyone been doing? Does anyone have any updates and what's new?
I asked you guys to keep Diann Hunt in your prayers. Thanks for listening! She found out that she is facing cancer again, but the prognosis is very good, and the doctor even said she'll most likely be able to keep all her hair, which was a HUGE blessing! Keep praying for her as she goes through her treatment process. I'm sure she'll appreciate all the prayers she can get!
As for things with me, in the past week I... turned in my master's thesis, found a snake in the backyard (just a little guy, though--he was kind of cute, as far as snakes go), wrote & entered another submission into the Genesis last-minute after feeling a pull from God and because I'm nuts like that, researched for endless hours about Italy because my hubby and I are planning a trip there (hurray!), and graded until I considered hiring someone else to do it (kidding of course... mostly ;) )... yet somehow, I still have enough papers left to create a pretty sturdy shelter for a garden toad. Now you're all caught up.
Has everyone else been watching American Idol? Here are my favorites so far:
Most Adorable... Lauren, hands down. I loved her from her first audition when she made Steven Tyler sing. Every time she comes on stage, I smile. She has such a natural stage presence.
So if you're feeling frustrated or just worn out by your WIP, be encouraged and don't give up because what you're doing matters. It really matters.
- Read the scoresheet.
- Don't be afraid to rearrange stuff.
- Don't forget to begin with conflict.
- Have fun!