Love Literary Style in a few short words, I'd say it is a fun, meta romantic comedy. Yes, I said meta. I rarely say meta, because for some reason it bothers me—I think because it was way overused in the last few years. But also because I don't think I completely understand how to use it properly. Although in this case, I'm pretty sure that I've gotten it right. That's just to say, that if I'm using the word, it's for a legit reason (and somehow, "legit" doesn't bother me).
This rom-com, written by Karen Gillespie, not only follows the traditional rom-com formula, it also explains that formula in the book, since one of the lead characters, Laurie Lee is a romance writer. Our other lead character, Aaron Mite, is a college professor who has spent the last 5 years writing his novel.
Laurie is personable, bubbly, and portrayed as a bit of an airhead at times. The airhead part was a little disconcerting since other times she came across as a pretty smart, though somewhat naive, woman. She enjoys love, good food, kindness, and the power of a good HEA (Happily Ever After).
So yes, it's a classic story of opposites attract. There's a case of mistaken identity, there's a conflict, and there's a grand gesture—all things which, if didn't already know, are part of the classic rom-com formula. And if you didn't know before reading the book, it's explained in the pages. Meta, remember?
I thought it was a fun, often funny, sometimes slightly unbelievable story and was definitely rooting for Laurie and Aaron to wind up with their HEA. To borrow a phrase from Aaron, this isn't a book "with heaving bossoms and tumescent breeches", it's a romantic comedy. Fans of chick lit, contemporary fiction, and of course, rom-coms need to add this to the top of their TBR piles today!
The first time it is mentioned, Laurie expresses her gratitude to Aaron by offering up his favorite dish and serving herself as dessert. The second time is towards the end, when Aaron tells Laurie that he's gained so much weight from all the cooking that he's been doing while they've been apart (sorry, semi-spoiler). He'd taught himself to make a "somewhat palatable" version of her chicken and dumplings, but that he prepared it far too often.
That's just sweet. Plus, chicken and dumplings is one of my favorite comfort foods and I really wanted some by the time I put the book down. This old-fashioned recipe is made entirely from scratch, complete with thick, flat dumplings. No wonder Aaron put on a little healthy weight (chicken and dumplings are love).
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings | Love Literary StyleTuesday, November 22, 2016
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.