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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Girls' Guide To Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate

Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn’t want any of it. What she wants is much simpler; to cook.

When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she’s always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord’s town house. Though her delicious dishes become the talk of the town, her secret venture is highly problematic, given that it is not, technically speaking, legal. She also conveniently forgets to tell her landlord she has been using his place while he is out of town.
On top of that, Hannah faces various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who don’t support cooking as a career, and her own fears of taking a risk and charting her own path. A charming romantic comedy, The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.

I really enjoyed this book. Debut author Dana Bate combines romance and comedy in a lively, fast-paced story that keeps the readers mesmerized and hungry from the very beginning.  I love books that combine food and storytelling, and Dana does that in pots-and-pans-full!  And the best part is that she provides recipes for a few of her yummy sounding treats from the book!

I also enjoyed her characters - the lead character Hannah is personable, like someone you would know from work or school or even childhood - one of those girls who need a little push to express their true talents! 

I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy contemporary romance and for the foodie novel lovers!

Dana Bate is a writer and award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in numerous outlets, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Culinate, Table Matters, and Smithsonian.com. Her first novel, The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs (to be published as The Secret Supper Club in the UK), will be published by Hyperion in February 2013.

Prior to her writing career, Dana spent five years working as a Washington, DC-based field producer and on-air reporter for the PBS Nightly Business Report, where she won the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy.

These days, when she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her kitchen, whipping up a new recipe from her extensive cookbook collection. She currently lives outside Philadelphia.

My thanks to BookSparks for providing the review copy of this book,, and for including me on this
tour.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

This caught my eye a while ago so I'm glad you liked it, Sharon. I know I'll read it sometime soon!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

It was really cute Mary - I think you'd like it!