Reservations For Two Review

Reservations For Two by Hillary Manton Lodge starts out with Juliette traveling to France and Italy to learn more about her grandmother’s mysterious past.  She finds some old letters, and soon discovers many things about her grandmother that she never knew.  In the midst of her family’s mystery she is also dealing with the opening of her new restaurant, her mother’s cancer, and her own tangled love life.

I was so excited to read this book after reading A Table By The Window (the first book in this series) last year!  This book was just like the first one in that it was unhurried, but it kept me interested.  There are really two storylines going, one with Juliette’s grandmother through the letters, and one with Juliette’s own life, and they are woven together very well.  You can even see some parallels here and there between Juliette’s love life (though in a less dramatic sense), and her grandmother’s from so many years before.  I like the characters in this book, because they seem so realistic - not too perfect, and you may not like all their decisions, but they are likable. 

The word pictures that the author paints in this book are probably my favorite part, and they way she describes the gourmet food makes me hungry.  I love that recipes are included for many of the dishes that are mentioned.  I’m not much of a gourmet cook, but this book makes me want to try!

There was a twist in Juliette’s personal life at the end of the book that I was not expecting, and I am very interested to see how it turns out.  The book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I am still very unsure about what is going to happen with Juliette and her family.  I will most definitely be looking out for the next book in this series!

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
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