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When in Doubt, Add Butter Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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“Harbison dazzles in her latest, a perfect blend of chick lit and women's fiction…Absolutely first-rate.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A lovable heroine and an engaging cast of eccentrics makes for a cheerful summer read.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Harbison's airy prose, likable heroine, colorful characters, and engaging story are sure to appeal to fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Emily Giffin. Think of "When in Doubt, Add Butter" as a soufflé. It's a tasty dish of light, escapist reading.” ―The Examiner.com
“Harbison's cast of characters is delightful.” ―She Knows Book Lounge
“Delicious, just like dessert.” ―People Magazine on When in Doubt, Add Butter--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
BETH HARBISON is The New York Times bestselling author of Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City and a quiet home on the eastern shore.
Top Customer Reviews
When in Doubt, Add Butter follows the life of Gemma, a personal chef, for a few months. Having tried other careers, Gemma has found happiness in her passion for cooking and running her own business. Unfortunately, many of the people that can afford a private cook aren't the easiest to work for, and running a small business has left Gemma cash poor. Suddenly free on a Friday night after being fired by a client, Gemma goes to a bar with a friend and meets a guy she finds very attractive and somehow familiar, although she has never met him before.
The plot of the book then follows Gemma's pleasant and difficult relationships with her customers, her ambivalence about wanting and fearing love, and her desire to not only cook, but nurture the clients that will allow her to do so. Gemma faces professional and personal challenges, but she's also been told by a client / psychic that everything will be OK, and somehow, both Gemma and the reader believes this.
When in Doubt, Add Butter is a happy story that shines softly, recommended to anyone looking for a few hours of escape and a lovely ending.
I remember my eyes skimming some of the paragraphs and skipping forward a few sentences at a time. I liked the relationships that were built between characters, but I have to agree with the 2-star reviewer about coincidence as the main plot trope.
I would have raised this review up to 4 stars if I hadn't figured out the plot before I was even to triple digits of pages. It isn't a bad thing for me to have figured it out---I appreciate it when authors reward readers for paying attention---but it did make the book a little less worthy of the 4th star in my opinion.
I agree with the reviewer that stated the recipes should be included. This would have been a nice addition at the end of the book.
Finally, I did not really care for the character's personality because of what seemed like a paper-boat-in-the-river-of-life attitude. However, without that attitude, you wouldn't have the rest of the story, so it is a plot necessity.
In the end, I questioned whether I should do a review at all. This book wasn't bad, but I wasn't sure whether I could come up with something to add. So I guess that's why I'm adding this review of uncertainty to see if anyone else felt the same way.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER is such a book, and it managed this feat admirably from the very first sentence of the very first page. "When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: `Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you'll end up cooking for a man who'd rather eat at McDonald's; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can't hit a hole the size of a watermelon--' " I could go on, but you get the general idea. This is a book that I'm invested in; where I want to know what happens; and that I can't wait to get to the ending, because like Beth Harbison, the author, I'm going all in. And then it becomes a mad rush to get to the finish line.
For me, this was such a book. The characters and the story line certainly kept my attention, but it was the voice, that voice kept me turning pages as fast as frying butter in a saucepan, and when I reached the end, I felt completely satiated. While this was the first Beth Harbison book I read, I'll certainly keep my eye out for another one with a voice as fulfilling and unique as this one.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book I've read by this author and now I'm obsessed. I just bought 2 more of her books. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mas
As a long time book club reader, "Add Butter" is a light read, entertaining, but not particularly deep. As a memory keeper, it is not.Published 3 months ago by Helen Alexander
The book has a nice cheesy light-hearted feel to it. It's a nice book to read when you're for something light to read while you're bored which is just interesting enough to keep... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill Johnson
100 pages in and I couldn't continue. The book was not realistic and failed to hold my interest. Who at 37 years of age has a one-night-stand with somebody they just met at the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AAG
really sweet and feel good book. easy and quippy read. thoroughly enjoyed it! twist to the book, perfect ending to the book. like the book says, when in doubt add butterPublished 8 months ago by Elizabeth
This is the first book I've ever read by Beth Harbison and while I was ultimately left a little disappointed, I did enjoy her narrative voice enough that I'll be looking for more... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Loves To Read
I like this writer. I like reading her when I'm not in the mood to delve.Published 10 months ago by Deborah Anderson
Funny and a good chick lit. Had to get to the end and lost sleep too but it was worth it!Published 12 months ago by Sophisticated Fashionista