Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge is a book for the foodie romantics out there! The third in the “Two Blue Doors” series does not disappoint. It’s a beautiful culmination of Juliette’s story as the details unfold and finally come together. Getting to see all the ends tied up as Juliette travels to Italy and unearths her family history is a truly magical. The recipes throughout the book inspire and motivate me to get in the kitchen and try some things I’ve never tried before.
The story itself, while not entirely “exciting” the story itself and how it unfolds is. There is a beautiful tapestry of details woven together and in this third novel you see the big picture, the complete story. If you are looking for an exciting read this may not be the one, however if you like the attention to detail and when the author is truly attentive, this could be the one. Do pick up one of the previous books by Lodge first though. The first in the series is A Table By the Window and the second is Reservations For Two – this conclusion to the trilogy is a true gem. I highly recommend it, and I could gush but instead I’ll challenge you to read it, cook it, and get engrossed in the story.
I am certain you want to read the plot summary at this point – did I mention the Pacific Northwest setting???? Scroll down for the summary, but maybe you had better just start here with book one “A Table By the Window” and then head to book two “Reservations For Two”
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.
In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.
As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.
Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story – and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.
But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?
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