Published by Gallery Books on July 21st 2015
Format: Sponsored Digital Copy
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The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a delightful and fun book with characters who have extraordinary chemistry. This is one I recommend to those who want a light and entertaining story that will keep you satisfied, yet wanting more at the same time.
Amy E. Reichert has written a whimsical and delicious novel with lovable characters, a strong plot that unfolds nicely, and one that will challenge your sweet tooth in your mouth and your heart. With minimal tension and a somewhat predictable plot, I still remained fixed and apprehensive as to how the story would unfold and when the mic would drop. Don’t be fooled by the predictability of the plot because its magical quality will charm and engage you throughout.
Reichert’s character building is strong from the start, as she immediately draws the reader into the essence of each character. The inclusion of Gertrude and Otto, the restaurant’s resident and surrogate grandparents, into the story brings a touching and strong emotional appeal to the otherwise light-hearted story of Al and Lou. The other secondary characters: John, Sue, and Harley, are exceptional as the comical support system for the two main characters. Of course, this story wouldn’t be complete without the villain, Devlin, and his pompous, manipulative, self-absorbed, and passive-aggressive character immediately drew me into the story; his name automatically screams scoundrel, which is consistent with his behavior.
The plot is straightforward, yet not made easy. While the reader knows where most of the story is going, the foundation is strong, the pacing is just right, and the reader will be happy with the way each scene unfolds. While the foreshadowing with regard to Gertrude and Otto is scattered about the novel, there are still a few sweet surprises very much in keeping with their spirit for the reader to discover.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake certainly agrees with me, and Reichert, with her vivid and animated writing style, has a winner that is anything but coincidental. In the end, my heart is filled by the characters’ strong connections to each other and to me, and my stomach is hungry for the Wisconsin cuisine. I strongly suggest that you eat prior to reading because this book will certainly ignite the hunger in the foodie that resides in all of us.0