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I was looking forward to reading this novel because the author is an excellent writer and I LOVED "A School of Essential Ingredients." Again, this novel is no exception when it comes to being well-written. However, I really had a tough time finding a plot in this - it was even difficult to find the thread that held it together, or who the protagonist was. Even after finishing, I have no idea who's story this was. It was like a collection of short character descriptions, with a little glue applied here and there to stick them together, but I have to say I was unfortunately disappointed. I've always been under the impression the Epilogue of a book was to more or less wrap up the character's lives a year later, or something. In this case, the Epilogue wrapped up one of the characters, who interestingly enough, was only one scene in ONE chapter of the entire book. Strange.
I have read several other books by this author and really enjoyed them. I did not feel this book was nearly as good as her previous books. In my opinion sequels often fall short of the original story and The Lost Art of Mixing definitely came in a very distant second to the first book in the series It is not a bad book but not as good as I expected
The author’s approach to storytelling is interesting, and it serves her well for tieing the lives of disparate characters together. The individual stores meld together somehow, making it more than a book of long anecdotes. I found it not quite as interesting as the previous book, though.
The characters were so richly defined that I felt like I knew them intimately. But, the story line needed something else. It felt like it wasn't as defined as the characters so it fell short of what it needed to be a great story.
Lillian's restaurant is at the heart of the town and the story. People are drawn into it and all their lives collide in interesting ways.
I really wanted to love the book, but I just couldn't get that into it. There were too many different story lines and I felt like I never got enough detail in any of them. Instead of becoming close to any one character, I got small glimpses into each of the characters lives but ultimately felt like I just wanted to know a bit more. Also I didn't realize that this was a continuation of another novel. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first one previously, so I would recommend making sure that you don't read this one unless you've read School of Essential Ingredients yet.
I enjoyed the book for the most part, however; there was too much time spent on one particular character and I felt that the story could have moved a little more smoothly with that fous being more limited. I wanted to hear more about the main character and I feel like that was a bit lost.
This novel is quite readable though much like another my wife bought by the same author. The story is about a restaurant and food prepared. In time relationships become part of the story and both bad and good things happen. This is more for a woman in my opinion.