- File Size: 748 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publication Date: January 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4OR8M8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lily is a woman with goals and dreams of her own when tragedy strikes and she inherits the family business, Daisy’s. Try as she might, Lily isn’t a pro at the restaurant business and the restaurant is floundering. Unwilling to let her father and brother’s legacy and pride and joy just fail she enlists the help of Nick.
Nick is a no nonsense restaurant genius who has the ability to take restaurants on the brink of failure and turn them into thriving successes. He was given a break at a young age from one of the most powerful men in the industry, Rex King. Rex is a powerful influence in Nick’s life, but he is also a competitor. Rex’s daughter, Pamela, considers herself Nick’s fiancé, despite the fact Nick has let her, and her father, aware of the fact they are only friends.
As Lily and Nick begin to work together and improving the restaurant, Lily finds herself in a conflicting situation. She is impressed and grateful for the help Nick is providing but she feels as though he is taking it from her. To further complicate things, Lily is drawn to Nick despite the fact he can be arrogant and difficult to deal with.
Nick and Lily find themselves drawn to each other but also find themselves facing numerous problems with the success of Daisy’s. They are also facing threats to Lily’s life on multiple occasions. I completely enjoyed the story. I would have liked a bit more retribution for what happened to Lily’s father and brother, as well as the attacks on herself and her staff, but overall, I’d recommend this book.
If that sounds like a complicated plot to you, you’d be right. There’s so much going on in the opening chapters of the novel that I found it difficult to get interested. Luckily, after the initial marathon of information, Hachtel slows down the pacing and takes her time developing the main characters and the world of the restaurant. The plot manages to effectively balance the romance and the darker drama.
Lily’s wit and expressive eyebrows make her immediately likeable, and her determination to save her family’s restaurant in the face of so many difficulties will draw sympathy from any reader. Nick Jordan initially comes across as a sexy Gordon Ramsay. His cold demeanor and “married to my work” attitude are typical of a romance novel love interest, but his dark backstory makes him much more compelling. There is also a cast of well-rounded side characters who add some variety to the story.
Hachtel has definitely done some research into the back-of-the-house side of the restaurant world. The stakes to save Daisy’s feel very real, as do the business solutions to save it. I particularly enjoyed the brilliant yet egotistical chef Adam and his sous chef who keeps him grounded. For any foodie readers, there are some great “food porn” scenes. The love scenes between Lily and Nick are also well-written, sure to satisfy romance readers.
My biggest issue with the novel is that the dialogue can occasionally feel stilted and unnatural. This problem largely disappears as the novel progresses and the characters find their voices. Still, I wonder if the opening sections of the novel could have benefitted from some extra editing.
Overall, I enjoyed Once Upon a Tablecloth, and look forward to exploring Hachtel’s other novels.
She decides to hire Nick Jordan, and at a 51% share of her business he had better be great. Nick has a reputation for turning restaurant businesses around. She just hopes that he can help her out. Crazy things continue to happen, and finally the police explain that maybe someone had it in for her father or brother. Of course she dismisses that idea, but things continue to happen to plague their business.
When blame look towards Rex King the one that "makes restaurants great" and his daughter Pamela, both friends of Nick Jordan will he look truthfully at the evidence. Is there evidence to convict them? When murder is mentioned in connection with Lily's father and brother's death, who will be implicated?
I was able to figure out who the bad guy was early on, but it did in no way distract from the story. There was other parts that I did not quite figure out, so there was a few twists thrown in. There was growth in many of the characters, which I enjoyed because no one likes reading cardboard characters.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this contemporary story. I've read several of Leslie's other stories, and while I enjoyed those this has been my favorite read. I look forward to seeing if there are more titles like this.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.