Monday, September 14, 2015

Book of the Week: Dinner at Fiorellos by Rick R. Reed #Review

Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 210 pages
Published: May 1, 2015


Henry Appleby has an appetite for life. As a recent high school graduate and the son of a wealthy family in one of Chicago’s affluent North Shore suburbs, his life is laid out for him. Unfortunately, though, he’s being forced to follow in the footsteps of his successful attorney father instead of living his dream of being a chef. When an opportunity comes his way to work in a real kitchen the summer after graduation, at a little Italian joint called Fiorello’s, Henry jumps at the chance, putting his future in jeopardy.

Years ago, life was a plentiful buffet for Vito Carelli. But a tragic turn of events now keeps the young chef at Fiorello’s quiet and secretive, preferring to let his amazing Italian peasant cuisine do his talking. When the two cooks meet over an open flame, sparks fly. Both need a taste of something more—something real, something true—to separate the good from the bad and find the love—and the hope—that just might be their salvation.


Wow! What a story. Romance, yes. Heart break, yes. Devastation, yes. Hope… most definitely. This was an absolutely lovely story. Two men suffering heartbreaks. There are levels of pain. These 2 are hurting so badly. But it takes a special someone to turn the tables, to make the pain lessen, to make you smile and believe. Vito and Henry find that in each other. It all begins with Henry taking a chance. He knew working at Fiorellos would change his life, to the extent it does? I don’t think he ever saw coming. I cried a lot. I did, but I smiled, and found myself engrossed in this tangled web of love Rick Reed weaved so well. This is a gorgeous story. A story of pain, overcoming, and falling in love over and over again.

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