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Food of Love Paperback – October 25, 2011

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"Gripping...a perfect beach read...full of hope and fun... designed to keep you turning the pages." --Gainsborough Standard 
"A mix...as bubbly as a double chocolate milkshake.... Pack this one to add punch to your holiday reading." --South Yorkshire Times 
"A romping good read." --Lincolnshire Echo


This hilarious page-turner packs a profound satirical bite. It's a Hollywood romp that provides romance, mystery, and an honest confrontation with the human condition. Food of Love is a funny and powerfully healing book." --Lucia Capacchione, PhD, bestselling self-help author, Recovery of Your Inner Child 
"Anne R. Allen never behaves herself in fiction.... If you're looking for a good time, trust Anne...to provide a fun and funny read." --Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward and Jumpstart the World 
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Anne R. Allen is a master at writing romantic-comedy-suspense novels. Food of Love, her first, was originally published in the UK in 2003 by maverick publisher Babash-Ryan (now sadly defunct). This edition has been updated with new material especially for Popcorn Press. Anne's second novel, The Best Revenge, was also originally published by Babash-Ryan, in 2005. A new edition to be released by Popcorn Press is currently in the works. She is also working on a third novel in this genre. Anne serves on the faculty of the Central Coast Writers Conference in gorgeous San Luis Obispo, CA - "the happiest town on earth." She also maintains a regularly updated writing blog at annerallen.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466383968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466383968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,308,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Food of Love is the delectable romp, a wonderful blend of humor, romance, mystery and tragedy. Ex-model Regina, now Princess Regina of San Montinaro, leaves a rehab center in California. A series of accidents make her wonder if her husband, Prince Max, is trying to kill her. Learning that her childhood friend, ex-congresswoman Reverend Cady Stanton, is nearby in Los Angeles to promote a new Christian talk show, Regina sets out to see her, but is foiled when an assassination attempt leaves Cady blind and Regina in a homeless shelter. At this point I was asking myself if someone was indeed trying to kill Regina, or was it Cady, or only accidents? Cady ends up recuperating in the mansion of porn king Power Magee, and poor Regina is in the middle of nowhere with only the clothes on her back, about to throw herself off a cliff when she is rescued by a spaceman in a UFO.

But, of course, nothing is quite as it seems.

San Montinaro announces Regina's death from a tragic accident and Cady receives Regina's old diaries. As Cady has the diaries read to her, she becomes convinced they hold a clue to Regina's death. Through the diaries the reader discovers Regina's and Cady's history, and they dip into topics that range from the assassination of Martin Luther King, to women's rights, abortion, substance abuse and homosexuality. Despite what she has been through since childhood, Regina remains something of an innocent, naïve and totally lovable. Cady is a strong, intelligent woman whose past comes back to haunt her, and makes her reevaluate her life.

I loved everything about this novel, the quirky humor and larger than life characters above all. The plot took me in unexpected directions and I could not guess what would happen next. This is a delightful surprise package skillfully bound by the author's immaculate writing. And like all stories involving a princess, it has a happy ending. HIGHLY recommended!
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When I started reading FOOD OF LOVE, I didn't know whether to expect farce, comedy, romantic fiction...or what? As I read on, it became zanier and funnier, and I was hooked. Regina, the center of this mad action, gets caught in a maelstrom of life-threatening plots, weight-watching therapies, and heartwarming reunions with old friends. The adventures are fast and wild. Because I cared about Regina, despite her ditsyness, I wanted to read on and on. Suspense, laughs, sympathy kept me glued to the unfolding story with its crescendo of comically unlikely resolution that left me with a satisfied sigh.
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I just loved this book. Read it in a few sittings. It was that good and so fast paced. The dialogue was hilarious as well as the character observations and situations. I think the Reverend Cady is my favorite character, though Athena and Fatima are close behind. Well done. I sure hope lots of folks read this book, Kindle or print. It's well worth the wild ride. Buy a copy now! You won't be disappointed.
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What rollicking fun. Anne Allen has an ear for sharply drawn dialogue and an eye for the perfect detail which will define a character. Food of Love is a page-turner, its fast pace keeping one poised for the next startling development.
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Right off the bat I seemed to have trouble keeping the characters straight, but I persevered due to all the glowing reviews, assuming the story would get more coherent.
I read all the way to the end and was underwhelmed with the ending....just not my kind of writing style, I guess. I love so many of the other female authors who write zany mystery novels that i expected to love this, too. I do appreciate the sensitivity & support for weight issues, religious values and women's health....these, to me . were this book's best features. I just couldn't get to "know" these characters and care about what happened to them.
I bought 3 Kindle books by this author; 2 down and one to go....we'll see. Sorry I can't be more positive in my review...you may like this author's work....it's just not my "cup of tea".
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I read Food of Love when it was first released from England. I loved it then and love this clean rewrite. Anne has a sense of humor that takes the reader through her characters' crazy yet very human struggles and leaves you giggling. You love them and their quirks.
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From a princess backing out of the toilet stall dragging a bucket while hobbling around with one broken leg, it's down the rabbit hole into a Terry Southernish romp that goes from a not-so-romany-a-clef Silver Cathederal with it's "Saturday morning Christian TV show, 'Gladly My Cross-Eyed Bear' starring Gladly Bear, the sight-challenged teddy bear angel," to a race around L.A. fleeing assassins, deadly "accidents" and a demented TV reporter hell bent on bumping up her ratings, to a romantic denoument that involves the possibility of opening a pastry shop in Solvang. Oh, and a gastly act of revenge for one of the books many malefactors: "Think of a great chef spending the rest of her life in a country where the entire cuisine is based on cabbage."Imagine the fun in getting to write a sentence like that!
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Not your typical mystery with your typical heriones. The main characters, Cady and Regina, are as opposite as "sisters" can be, yet their connection through time and leading completely different lives cannot be broken.
I haven't read a book in a while that had more real, relatable, likable characters. I loved that both Reggie and Cady were homing in on 50, pleasingly plump, struggling with body image and the media's obsession with being thin. This delicious book takes you through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s; through racial tension, Vietnam, drugs, and redemption. I was addicted to the story from the beginning and the twists and turns the plot took were completely unexpected.
Definitely an author I will read again.
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