Book Review: Dining With Joy

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that Rachel Hauck is one of my very favorite authors, and she has never written a bad book! Maybe it’s because we are both Southern, but when she tells a story, I can just relate to the characters, and feel as though they are my closest friends. In fact, I am known for ordering and gifting the Rachel Hauck books. I read one and immediately think of someone I know who would love the story too, so I order one at Amazon and have it shipped to them.

When you start reading this book, you need to allow plenty of time to finish it in the same day. It’s such a good story that you won’t want to put it down to pick up later. I stayed up until 2am finishing it! The main character of the story is Joy Ballard, and she is the host of a cooking show, except…..SHE CAN’T COOK! The trouble she gets herself into is just hilarious. She has a rival who keeps trying to catch her and put her on the spot in cook off situations, and Joy expertly maneuvers her way out of most of them.

About the Book: (via Amazon)

“Chef” Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can’t cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy’s secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine’s cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke–and her sister–forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

Because I am such a fan, I own copies of every book Rachel Hauck has written. I don’t loan them out, I prefer to gift copies instead. You can purchase your own copy of Dining With Joy today at Amazon, or if you already have it, you can order her newest book, The Wedding Dress. It isn’t supposed to be released until April 3, but Amazon let me order it and ship it to someone today 🙂

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