All stirred up A novel

Brianne Moore

Book - 2020

"Susan Napier's family once lived on the success of the high-end restaurants founded by her late grandfather. But bad luck and worse management has brought the business to the edge of financial ruin. Now it's up to Susan to save the last remaining restaurant: Elliot's, the flagship in Edinburgh. But what awaits Susan in the charming city of Auld Reekie is more than she bargained for. Chris Baker, her grandfather's former protégé - and her ex-boyfriend - is also headin...g to the Scottish capital. After finding fame in New York as a chef and judge of a popular TV cooking competition, Chris is returning to his native Scotland to open his own restaurant. Although the storms have cleared after their intense and rocky breakup, Susan and Chris are re-drawn into each other's orbit - and their simmering attraction inevitably boils over. As Chris's restaurant opens to great acclaim and Susan tries to haul Elliot's back from the brink, the future brims with new promise. But darkness looms as they find themselves in the crosshairs of a gossip blogger eager for a juicy story - and willing to do anything to get it. Can Susan and Chris reclaim their lost love, or will the tangled past ruin their last hope for happiness?"--Publisher.

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York, NY : Alcove Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
326 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781643855318
164385531X
Main Author
Brianne Moore (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Susan Napier has returned home to Scotland to revamp her late grandfather Elliot's restaurant after losing hope for success in the London location of the eatery. What she does not expect is for her ex-boyfriend Chris, a celebrity chef and restaurateur in his own right, to be opening up his own place down the street, and the two are forced to go head to head for culinary supremacy. A Food Festival, complete with a surprise guest, family drama, and a romantic spark that may not be fully snuffed out combine as Susan and Chris go pots over pans vying to make it out on top. Moore brings foodies and rom-com lovers together in this tasty delight of a debut. While the book is billed as more of a romance, the cuisine is really more of the focus, with the characters peppering food lingo and practices into the storyline to keep the plot moving. Some readers may crave more romance and gossip, while others may be content with just the right spice level that Moore delivers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Restaurant wars lead to a serendipitous second chance at love in Moore's charming debut, inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. Susan Napier's restaurateur family faces bankruptcy as bad management forces the closure of all but one of their locations. To save their legacy, Susan convinces her family to relocate from London to Edinburgh to revitalize their flagship restaurant. Susan is unprepared for the competition and hostility she faces from her former lover, Chris Baker—now a renowned chef and television personality—who's returned home to Edinburgh from New York City to open his own restaurant. Staffing issues and family tension add to Susan's stress, along with her growing guilt over how abruptly she ended things with Chris a decade earlier; all of which comes to a head when they're tricked into competing against one another in a cooking showdown during the city's food festival. This chaste love story, peppered with just the right amount of family drama, foodie descriptions, and rom-com hijinks, is a treat. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A tale inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion follows the efforts of a woman to save her family’s struggling eatery in the face of a celebrity chef ex who would open a competing restaurant. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Follows the efforts of a woman to save her family's struggling eatery in the face of a celebrity chef ex who would open a competing restaurant.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. She returned to save her family's dying legacy--but found the ghosts of her past alive and well.Susan Napier's family once lived on the success of the high-end restaurants founded by her late grandfather. But bad luck and worse management has brought the business to the edge of financial ruin. Now it's up to Susan to save the last remaining restaurant: Elliot's, the flagship in Edinburgh.But what awaits Susan in the charming city of Auld Reekie is more than she bargained for. Chris Baker, her grandfather's former protégé--and her ex-boyfriend--is also heading to the Scottish capital. After finding fame in New York as a chef and judge of a popular TV cooking competition, Chris is returning to his native Scotland to open his own restaurant. Although the storms have cleared after their intense and rocky breakup, Susan and Chris are re-drawn into each other's orbit--and their simmering attraction inevitably boils over.As Chris's restaurant opens to great acclaim and Susan tries to haul Elliot's back from the brink, the future brims with new promise. But darkness looms as they find themselves in the crosshairs of a gossip blogger eager for a juicy story--and willing to do anything to get it. Can Susan and Chris reclaim their lost love, or will the tangled past ruin their last hope for happiness?