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It is rare that a book (or series) comes along that captivates you from beginning to end. I stayed up late reading and finishing Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge.
Together at the Table is the third and final book in the 2 Blue Doors series. I have read all three books and all were excellent. Yet, I have to say that this final one was my favorite one of the three.
Together at the Table is a beautiful work of historical fiction. It is the story of Juliette D’Alisa, a chef, who has opened a restaurant with her brother. Her mother has recently died from cancer and she has broken up with her long-distance Neil McLaren.
To cope with all the changes and uncertainties, Juliette throws herself into work at the restaurant and research. Her grandmother had left her an old work table and in it, Juliette discovered old letters from Paris during World War II. Juliette is curious to know the story of how their family survived the war and at what great sacrifices. It involves a lot of research and travels over to Italy but she finally uncovers the truth about her family history.
This book was my kind of book! Each chapter begins with a quote and ends with a recipe, with an amazing historical story in between. It reminded me of Julia Child and makes me want to go cook homemade pasta. I highly recommend Together at the Table! While you can certainly read this book by itself, I would recommend reading the series in order for you to truly appreciate the story. You will be glad you read this series.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion. All enthusiasm for this series is mine!