I’m a sucker for books about food. Especially if those books include magical realism, like GARDEN SPELLS and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, or a sweet bit of romance, like Amy’s debut (which released yesterday, folks, in case you missed the excitement!) — THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE.

It’s the story of Lou — a Milwaukee chef and restaurant owner — and Al, a British, somewhat sour restaurant reviewer, who finds himself at Lou’s restaurant the night her life falls apart. What follows are a lot of shenanigans, some fantastic food descriptions, and an unlikely love story. I read it in about 24 hours and told Amy she should (MUST) write a sequel when she gets a chance 🙂

So here are 5 things to love about THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE:

  1. THE FOOD. I’ve never wanted to visit Milwaukee more than when reading this book (to be honest, I’ve never wanted to visit Milwaukee BUT now that I know the food they have and that it’s Amy’s home, I’m adding it to my must-visit list). Butterburgers? Frozen custard? Deep fried cheese curds? Yes. Please. *Note: As a true and good Canadian, I am no stranger to melty cheese curds. Poutine, a combination of french fries, squeaky cheese curds (the squeakier the better), and hot gravy smothering it all, is practically a national dish, but DEEP FRIED cheese curds? That’s a whole new level.
  2. LOU & AL. Oh, these two. So much goes on between them, and just when it seems things *might* be on the upswing, BOOM. Amy hits us with yet another conundrum. While the relationship could feel predictable in the wrong hands, Amy had done a bang up job of keeping the tension up and the turns coming, all while making us fall in love with these two.
  3. CAST OF CHARACTERS. From Harley and Sue, to John, to Gertrude and Otto, the supporting cast in C3 is made up of easy-to-love characters who provide just the right amount of flavor without overseasoning the main plot.
  4. COCONUT CAKE RECIPE. Who doesn’t love a recipe at the end of a food-themed book?
  5. THE ENDING. This was as satisfying to me as I suspect the Coconut Cake will be, which I have big plans to make later this week!

Author: Karma Brown

Karma Brown is the author of COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/Harlequin, September 2015), an emotional story of one woman’s discovery that life is still worth living, even if it’s not the life you planned. Karma is also a National Magazine award-winning journalist, and lives outside Toronto, Canada, with her family and their mischievous labradoodle puppy, Fred.

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