Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review:A Second Bite At the Apple by Dana Bate

Title: A Second Bite at the Apple
Author: Dana Bate
Publisher: Kensington
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Star Rating: Five Stars
Reviewed by: Tina

Sydney Strauss has dreams but being a producer for a morning show is not one of them, deep down inside, she wonders what might have been after a failed relationship five years ago with her first love, Zach who ended up cheated on her and she still can't stop thinking about let along get over and missed out opportunities of her one job that she has always dreamed of and that is to be a food writer for the Washington Chronicle newspaper.

When she loses her job, she tries to figure out what to do next, getting drunk in the short term seems to be the answer when she is in the bar a chance meeting with a man named, Jeremy who at first is a major jerk with a shady past that Sydney can't ignore mainly because he once worked as a food writer for the Chronicle  but after Sydney finds a job with a farmers market through her friend, Heidi agrees to go out on a date with him anyway, then she starts writing the farmer's market news letter, thinking its not the Chronicle but it's food writing none the less.

Sydney also brings back to life her long abandoned food blog and it catches the right someones attention at the Chronicle, when the food writing editor asks her to write a piece that's "meaty" but that's not the human interest pieces she wants to write involving food and how food effects peoples lives and where it comes from and makes people lives better.

  She writes the piece anyway exposing a scandal involving the farmers market and "Green Grocers" a big time grocery store chain but her heart after her unethical ways of attaining the proof she needs she seems conflicted when it involves Jeremy with that on her mind and all of a sudden Zach waltzes back in her life, she wonders how things can get worse when the article and the truth comes out. Sydney soon wonders if exposing this scandal was worth it considering it hurt the people in her life she cared for.

Sydney is a genuine character with real life flaws, especially when It comes to love, being conficted and making the right choices in life and keeping secrets. I could relate to her being a lot like me with having a love for food and in the love department and not being sure about making the right choices in life.

 Dana Bates writing leaves you hooked and wanting more with food, romance, relationships on the brink of disaster and family turmoil.I could not help but rooting for a happy ending for Sydney and all of her loved ones, I grew to love them all and that was the power of a great story and writer. Second bite at the Apple is such a perfect book for the foodie lover,like me but also some one who loves romance, falling in love again and real engaging characters and a delicious story.

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  1. Della at
    This is a new one on me and it looks like a really interesting read. So I am hoping. Thanks



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