I love to cook and I look cooking show too so a book about cooking show is just too hard to resist.
Joy Ballard is a host of her cooking show â€˜Dining with Joy' but she can't cook. It's a secret that only few know about and when her show is picked up by a major network and given prime time slot, it was just a matter of time before her secret is out especially since her television rival is stopping at nothing to bring her down. When Luke Redmond, a handsome, creative but jobless chef was asked to co-host with Joy on her show, Joy sees him as her way out of the secret that's consuming her.
Joy holds on to a promise from God taken from John 4:34 â€˜My food is to do the will of Him who sent me'. By saying that my food - my substance, my reason for existence is to do God's will, surely she can't expect to keep her secret and continue with living the life of lies? It just doesn't work that way. God won't allow it because what He has for us is a life without lies. Joy found out the hard way but it brought her freedom and opens her eyes and her heart to love.
This is my first time reading Rachel Hauck and I quite like this book. However, I think the writing wasn't that captivating but it was quite light and fun. I was annoyed with Joy but sympathise with her at the same time. I was annoyed with Luke too for he fell so quickly in love Joy but at the same time rooting for him as he is a nice guy. I like the message and the originality of the story.
So, will I read Rachel Hauck again? Yes, I think she has great potential to produce good books although she needs to develope her writing to be less descriptive at times.
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Joy has recently taken over her father's cooking show after he passes away from a heart attack. The show is great, except for one little thing - she can't cook. Through the course of events, she meets Luke, who comes to her rescue. But he can't rescue her from Wenda Divine, Joy's rival. Wenda makes it her life's mission to destroy Joy and her reputation. When she succeeds, Joy is left to figure out what God has in store for her life.
Figuring out what God has in store for one's life can be a struggle. The premise behind this story is that the heroine finds out what God's plans are for her life. Although the writing flows very well, there is an aspect of this struggle that is lacking. By the end of the book, I was left wondering if she did, in fact, struggle with God's plans for her life. As one who is in a similar situation, I would have enjoyed seeing how someone else (never mind someone who is fictional) handles figuring out what God has in store for her life.
Even with this being said, I would recommend this book and this author.
I recently finished reading a great fiction novel by Rachel Hauch entitled Dinning with Joy.
Joy Ballard has a secret: she's a cooking show host who can't really cook.
When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard's world heats up like a lowcountry boil.
Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he's paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.
Luke is handsome and creative, and when Joy's producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees a way out of the lie she's been living. Luke sees more in his co-host!
He figures out her secret and falls in love with Joy.
With her career and his reputation both under fire, they'll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God's love and dine with joy?
This was truly an inspiring story. A story of love. Joy learns to love and trust Luke... but most importantly she learns to love and trust God
Although Dining with Joy was the first book I read by Rachel Hauch, I plan on reading many more of her books in the future. It was a very enjoyable read, that I found hard to put down, as I was brought into the romance between Joy and Luke.
Joy finds herself hosting a cooking show on television after her father's untimely passing. The only problem is...she can't cook! She is relatively successful in keeping this fact hidden until Luke, a recently bankrupt chef of a Manhattan restaurant, joins her show. Her relationship struggles with Luke, along with her inability to cook being revealed to all on television by Wenda Devine would be enough to cause any person to question their faith. Throughout all of these disasters, Joy must rely upon her faith and her close friends to help her get through her struggles.
This book was a very quick read, and I will definitely be adding it to my list of gift ideas for friends and co-workers. I also want to read other books by Rachel Hauck, especially to learn more about Joy's friends and her family.
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Dining with Joy is a wonderful romance. I actually thought it was another book I'd read recently at first, and didn't expect to like it after that. They both feature female characters with their own cooking shows. A little strange. But, this book turned out to be great.
Joy inherits a cooking show from her Dad ... the only problem is that she can't cook. But, she's not telling now. Then she meets a man, who ends up on her show. He's a talented chef. Of course they'll fall in love, but to find out what else happens ... read it!
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