When in Doubt, Add Butter

When in Doubt, Add Butter

Large Print - 2012
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Gemma Craig has spent her career as a private chef taking care of other people. There's Lex, the fussy department store owner straight out of a movie from the thirties; grossly overweight Willa, who must radically change her eating habits or die; and the strange Oleksei family, with a constant parade of mysterious people coming and going. Then there's the hideously demanding Angela who is "allergic to everything," and the man Gemma thinks of only as "Mr. Tuesday" because they've never met. Everyone relies on Gemma, even while she goes home alone each night and feasts on cereal and quick meals. But when life takes an unexpected turn on a road Gemma always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and learn to move on in ways she never imagined.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Large Print, c2012.
ISBN: 9781611734904
Branch Call Number: LPE FICTION HAR

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Julia__K Apr 20, 2015

Perfect fun, light -hearted weekend or beach read that follows the life of Gemma, a personal chef.


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rswiss
Jun 13, 2016

I enjoyed this book for exactly what it was, light enjoyable reading.

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Krissalyn
Jul 30, 2015

Nothing memorable with speck of humor. When the "twist" was revealed, I felt it was one BAM!!!! at once, and that's it. It had me guessing, but not in a good way like leave it to the reader's imagination kinda way. Instead, this book felt incomplete to me.

lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

Very predictable, but that didn't stop me from loving the story and enjoying the ride.

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bookpusher
May 29, 2013

Pretty predictable, but likeable characters. I'd read another ....

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86shelbygirl
Mar 31, 2013

An entertaining bit of candy floss - fun while it lasts, but of no substance. The plot is predictable - I knew which happy ending we were headed to about 1/3 of the way into the story. Great summer read if you just want to be entertained by something light and sweet.

skylars Feb 04, 2013

Cute story about a woman whose biological clock is running out. Her current profession is personal chef. She finds out her "one night stand" is one of her clients who she's never met face to face. Of course, it has a wonderfully happy ending!

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annekim9
Nov 24, 2012

This is chick lit a cut above the rest. I enjoyed Gemma's take on her career as a professional cook, working for a variety of clients (some were really from hell), and her interesting personal life. If you're looking for a breezy read with well-developed characters, this works better than okay.

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kclaura2003
Oct 26, 2012

Light fluffy read. A bit far-fetched and everything ties up too perfectly in the end. The romantic twist is way too obvious. Other than that, author has great sense of humor and keeps you wanting to turn the page.

jeanner222 Oct 12, 2012

I’m not going to lie: I picked this book because it has cupcakes on the cover. Surprisingly, this novel has nothing to do with cupcakes or baking.

Gemma Craig is 37 years old and still single. And that’s the way she likes it. She has her own business; she is a personal chef. As we read along, we meet her different clients (different for each day of the week) and sort of get a sense of Gemma’s cooking style and/or philosophy.

A one-night stand, an amorous client, and an unfortunate incident with a peacock lead to messiness in Gemma’s life, both personal and professional. Can she straighten out her life and keep doing what she loves?

I’m not quite sure how I would rate this novel. I read it quickly and enjoyed certain aspects of the novel. Unfortunately, the writing is uneven, and the tone changes abruptly within the narrative. One thing I know for sure: I would not recommend this to someone attracted to the overly cute cover.

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