Book Review | The Love Goddess Cooking School

Title: The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

Author: Melissa Senate

My Review:

If there is only one book you read this year, let it be The Love Goddess’ Cooking School. There are themes for everyone in this book: the familial bonds that tie us together, platonic friendships renewed, decades old rivalries continued, and the hopes of finding a Great Love. I first heard about The Love Goddess’ Cooking School while browsing the Goodreads giveaway page, and was thrilled to be offered a copy for review.

The premise reminded me a little of Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, a book that I absolutely loved because of its magical realism. InThe Love Goddess’ Cooking School, Holly Maguire moves to Blue Crab Island, Maine for some old-world Italian cooking and to nurse a broken heart. Just three weeks after she arrives, her beloved grandmother Camilla passes away, leaving her cooking school and take-out eatery to Holly. Unfortunately for Holly, she doesn’t possess the knack for cooking that her grandmother had, even though she spent one month of every summer learning Camilla’s recipes right by her side.

Perfecting the recipes she’s inherited takes Holly’s mind off the man who broke her heart, but it isn’t long before Holly meets Liam, the divorced father of 12-year-old Mia, who has just become Holly’s kitchen apprentice for her weekly cooking class. Before she can stop herself, Holly has let Mia and Liam win her heart. Holly is haunted by Camilla’s prediction that Holly’s Great Love will be the only man who will eat sa cordula; will she get up the nerves to serve Liam this dish, or will she leave her love life up to chance?

What can I say other than that I really loved this book? When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it, and when I was reading something else I wished I was reading this book. I loved Holly, Liam, and Mia and wanted them to have a happily-ever-after together. When Holly was hurting, I wanted to be the one that got to show up at her door with chocolate and wine. When Mia was crying, I wanted to wipe away her tears. And when Liam was dealing with matters of the heart, I wanted to sit down and reason with him so he’d make the right choice. I was really invested in each of these characters, including the ones who just had small side stories.

This will definitely be a book I will read more than once (and I don’t say that about many books anymore). I know that a few friends will be getting a copy of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School from me under their tree this holiday season. I’m so glad to have finally read a book by Melissa Senate. I think I’ve found a new favorite author!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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