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This story is a follow up book to The School of Essential Ingredients which I very much enjoyed. Unfortunately this book wasn't nearly as interesting. Quite a bit of the story centered on a character named Isabelle. An older lady who is losing her home and mind due to dementia. As an older lady myself, this wasn't the most enjoyable reading. The other characters were also going through some depressing life experiences. I was hoping for a more enjoyable book to lose myself in and this just wasn't it.
The first book with these characters, "The School of Essential Ingredients", was very good. It was a light read but had some depth in character development and was upbeat. This was dissappointing. I found it rather depressing, and what I was expecting was a fun, and not a dark, angry read. Parts were enjoyable, but I wouldn't read it again.
After reading The School of Essential Ingredients I purchased this one. I find it so depressing. The first half of the book is about the rather strange behavior on the part of almost all the characters. I can hardly wait to finish the book. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised in the second half. This is not a read on a dreary day.
Not as good as the first book - okay reading. Sometimes its hard to tell if a sequel will be decent. This was okay. I donated it to the local library - could be just me that didn't think this sequel was anything more than ok.
Take one cup author/one cup reader and mix. Sometimes the product comes out most foul.
I didn't enjoy this book at all but I am loathe to say it is all the author's fault. I went in thinking there would be a lot of material on cooking of which there was only a tiny little bit. The characters offered up were somewhat enjoyable, but I never felt much for any of them. It was confusing to me when we jumped around to their childhoods and others states without much warning. I spent most of my time figuring out who the author was waxing on about.
I know how hard it is to write a book, so cudo's to this author for doing her best. I was sick with flu while reading it so it probably is partially my fault.
I absolutely loved "The School of Essential Ingredients" and I was excited at the prospect of cuddling up with Bauermeister's new novel, but holy wow...what a slog. Two-thirds through all I could think was, "Why am I still reading this?" I found Bauermeister's follow up novel to be devastatingly boring. I found I couldn't really relate to the two main characters and that the characters were part of the boring. In trying to spice up the stereotypical accountant (because, of course, they are stereotyped as being boring) I found the author made the character petty and annoying. So, the boring accountant pretends to be different authors while engaging in some book store signing trickery??? Well, that's just rude (said, while staring and my shelf of signed books) and completely distasteful, and not really exciting. I also thought the pacing was off. A slow story with boring characters. Ugh. Pass.