Dining with Joy, Lowcountry Romance Series #3   -     By: Rachel Hauck
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Dining with Joy, Lowcountry Romance Series #3

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"Chef" Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy's secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine's cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke--and her sister--forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595543392
ISBN-13: 9781595543394
Availability: In Stock
Series: Lowcountry Romance

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Publisher's Description

"Chef" Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can't cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy's secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine's cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke--and her sister--forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

Author Bio

RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans. Visit RachelHauck.com and SouthernBelleView.com.

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In Rachel Hauck’s Dining with Joy, the main character Joy is attempting to host a cooking show, but in reality she cannot cook at all. Joy lives at home with her mother, Rosie, and two nieces, Annie-Rae and Lyric. She finds herself in a cooking competition with Wenda Divine, the stereotypical snobby rival, and Luke Redmond comes to her rescue. They become co-hosts and Luke actively pursues Joy. Fortunately, Luke is a chef and a good leading man.

First Corinthians 13:4-5 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.” This Scripture was portrayed in Dining with Joy in the way Luke pursues Joy. His love is very selfless. He is incredibly patient with her, especially when it comes to her lack of cooking abilities. Both the characters of Luke and Joy resemble godly people who would be beneficial to one another in a marriage. They support and encourage each other as in a healthy relationship.

This book had an enjoyable plot; however, it was perhaps targeted toward a slightly older audience than even the characters in the story, for it focuses on career development, potential marriage plans, and life-long goal setting. It would probably be most suitable for single young post-college adults or for married women who take pleasure in romantic fiction. There were a few borderline descriptions of intimate situations that would not be appropriate for teenagers. But I would recommend Dining with Joy for women who need a refreshing and rather original Christian romance story. – Nicole Scheffler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. The Quiet Eccentric
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating, cute and totally worth your time.
    October 8, 2013
    The Quiet Eccentric
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My first book by Rachel Hauck and I was treated to a sweet, loveable piece of fiction. I usually tend to read historical romance, feeling like contemporary can get a little annoying in it's attempt to be "modern", but this novel I enjoyed. Now, I'm not rushing to add it to my favorites list, but it kept my interest.

    As far as characters go, Joy was fun and easy to connect with, and well, I fell in love with the hero of the story from the beginning.

    In the end, it's something that I'd recommend to you if you're a lover of cute, contemporary romance. If you're not, maybe give it a shot anyways... it might be a good way to pass a rainy day.
  2. pencildancer
    o fallon, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hated to see the last page come so soon
    May 11, 2011
    pencildancer
    o fallon, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Can you imagine a cooking show host that doesn't know how to COOK? That's Joy Ballard and she does everything she can to keep that a secret. Then she meets Luke Davis—a real chef! And that attraction hits the broiler on camera and off.

    Loved this book and am glad I spent the money on it. It's funny and the way Rachel Hauck writes is like apple pie topped with caramel and chocolate syrup_oh why not add a scoop of ice cream as well.

    I'll be buying her next book as soon as it hits the shelves. There's real value between those covers.
  3. The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the Best Christian Chick Lit Around
    April 8, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review: Dining with Joy - Rachel Hauck- November 2010

    Coming up next on Channel Z is the Cooking show we all enjoy immensely "Dining with Joy" and here is your host Joy Ballard. For the past seven years , Joy has been the TV Host of Cooking show Dining with Joy after her father Charles who ran it before her passed away and his wish on his death bed was for Joy to take over. This would have been all well and done but Joy doesn't have a cooking bone in her body, no matter how hard she tries -she just can't cook. So as part of her contract , she has a no cook-off policy to protect her secret. But when Joy is set-up and put against her enemy on TV Wenda Divine , in enters Luke Reynolds - a chef from New York . He saves the day and Luke and Joy have some sizzling chemistry and when he is offered the chance to co-host with Joy, she sees this as an opportunity to get out of the cooking show. What she didn't count on is the TV Show being sold to another producer and her attraction to Luke. Can Joy continue the charade of being able to cook to keep Luke or when Luke does find out - will his reaction be - to run the opposite direction as he feels betrayed ? Dining with Joy has it all from dysfunctional family issues to sizzling chemistry and not just in the kitchen to yummy recipes and cooking tips
  4. Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweetly Layered Romance
    February 28, 2011
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Dining with Joy, readers get to return to the lowcountry in South Carolina. First, I love the cover and the new ones for earlier books. They just make me smile and want to pick them up. Joy Ballard is a character, the kind of gal I'd love to get to know. Too bad she's only a character!

    When her father died, she took over his job as host of a cooking show. She's brilliant at it except for one not so minor detail: the girl can't cook. At. All. The charade is getting tiring and when the producer sells the show without telling the new owner that she can't cook, the deception digs deeper. Enter Luke...a hunk of a hero who can cook. Very. Well. The sparks fly immediately and the two are paired as co-hosts for the show. 

    That would be enough to make the book interesting, but the author doesn't stop there. She adds complicated layers with family, Joy's past with her dad, her inability to see a future apart from the show, an inability to dream. The result was a book that i delighted in reading. Many books I'll read because they're good. Or they might be interesting. Or occasionally engaging. But this one truly delighted me. I slowed down the reading so I wouldn't have to say good-bye. Some of the parts don't end the way I'd like -- but isn't that life? God doesn't promise us a smooth, easy life. Instead, He promises to be there through all the rough patches as well as the delightful times. 

    I loved this book. And for me to say that about a straight romance is rare. This book is a treat you've earned!
  5. Jennifer H
    Bath, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't stop reading this book!
    January 13, 2011
    Jennifer H
    Bath, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed reading "Dining With Joy" by Rachel Hauck. It's a good book, with a little bit of romance included!

    The main character, Joy, is a TV cooking-show host - who can't cook. [I will admit_at the beginning of the book, I thought it was a little "far-fetched" that someone could be the host of a popular cooking show and not cook_but as you keep reading, it becomes more rational to believe.] Then she meets Luke Redmond, a handsome, caring guy who CAN cook. She thinks he's her "way out" of the cooking part of the show_but it doesn't quite work out that way. By not telling Luke her "secret", she almost loses him. But, of course, love wins out in the end.

    This book was not only an enjoyable romance book, it also touched upon following God's will in making choices for our lives - including totally relying on God and praying to Him when our lives seem topsy-turvy.

    This book was easy-to-read. In fact, I couldn't put it down once I started it. And, yes, I did cry a little while I was reading it_especially towards the end.

    I would definitely read other books written by Rachel Hauck. In my opinion, she's a great author, and as stated earlier, I really enjoyed this book!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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