Well, I read it and my world feels Up. Side. Down!
I don't even know where to begin. Well, yes I do.
First, Reservations for Two is written in classic Hillary Manton Lodge fashion. The words, the food, the recipes, the emotions...all there! I read it, felt like I lived it, devoured it, then entered the book fog (you know the haze of emotions you experience after a book has put you through the ringer).
Y'all, Book three comes out in May (pre-order here) but I don't know if I'm ready for it. Part of me is dying to get my hands on it. To see how Juliette's life ends up. The other part is still walking in a daze because of how Reservations for Two ended. I was NOT prepared.
Because of the ending, I'm stumped at how to share my thoughts. It bears repeating that I was NOT prepared for that ending, but it wasn't horrible. Why was it not? Because Book 3 is the continuation and therefore Book 2 is not the end.
Okay, so now that I've lamented over the cliffhanger ending, let me actually talk about the book. It was great. It was true to Ms. Lodge's writing style. She connected me to Juliette and her family. Of the trials she is going through (I may have needed tissue). I identified with her even though I didn't grow up in a French/Italian household. That's a testament to how great Ms. Lodge portrays characters. I get them. I am them, for that brief time I'm reading (living) the book. It's for those reasons that I will be a fan of Ms. Lodge and continue to read her works. Juliette feels like a friend and I must know how she's doing. So, until Book 3 comes out, I'll be patiently waiting.
You can connect with Ms. Lodge on her Website and purchase the novel on Amazon (among other retailers).
*I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.