This is the story of Joy and her secret. She is the host of a reality Tv cooking show, even when she can't cook (this is the secret). When her dad passes away his last wish was for her to take over the cooking show so she does. Then Luke a handsome new chef in town comes into the picture and becomes her assistant on the show and a love interest. She is trying to keep her secret and at the same time is not happy with doing the show nor having to lie to people.
This book is a fluff book and was very slow for my reading. I had a hard time getting through it as it had alot of pages that seemed to make the book drag. The good thing was it was a fast read and you didn't really have to concentrate on what was happening. As this was the first book I have read from this author, I don't know if I would read another. This book needed more adventure and action for my reading.
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Dining With Joy explores the impossible fixes Joy gets herself into because she hosts a cooking show, but cannot cook anything. Joy is known for burning anything she touches, as well as sometimes destroying the kitchen! When Joy finds herself tricked into a cook-off with another well-know cooking show host, she panics. Fortunately, Luke Redmond enters the scene and saves the day, garnering himself a spot on her show. When will Joy tell Luke the truth?
Dining With Joy is a well written novel that explores what happens when the truth is held back until "the right time." Joy spends time in prayer and searching for what she needs to do. While Joy does not always make the right decision, she does end up fully trusting God and turning her problems over to Him. This is a light read and entertaining. I would recommend this book to others.
When her father passes away Joy Ballard takes over his cooking show, Dining with Charles. She changes the name to "Dining With Joy." There is, of course, just one small, minor problem.
Joy can't cook.
Not at all. But she is able to hide this until her producer sells her show, that is only regionally syndicated, to Wild Woman Productions and it is place on TruReality. Joy is billed as "The face of Thursday Night" until her contract is ignored and she is discovered to be a cooking fraud.
In the meantime (after her show is sold and before she is found out) she mets a wonderful man, Luke Redmond, who is, of course, a chef. And a good one. Luke is struggling to get over the closing of his restaurant, Ami's, while working in a Beaufort restaurant. After he rescues her from certain cooking doom, she thanks him and life gets a little sizzly after that.
Joy and Luke are thrown together on the show and he uncovers her lack of culinary skills.
That is all I'm going to tell you about Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck and published by Thomas Nelson. I loved this book. It's a very cute story, one that while I was able to put it down, it was never for very long. Dining With Joy is quick, fun, feel good, giggle story, with multiple plots and story lines, but those are not easily confused. This book is a definite buy for the cooking queen on your Christmas list.
This book was very different from the ones I usually choose to read, but I did enjoy it very much.
Rachel has the ability to turn a serious issue into a real comedy act, and then bring us back to the serious nature in a quick turnaround.
The main character, Joy, is the "chef" on a regionally syndicated cooking show. BUT - she has one major secret- She CAN"T cook!! But no one realizes that fact. She has inherited the show from her father under the pretense that she is the fantastic chef that he was. When her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, everything lets loose and flies!!!! beyond your imagination.
Then, in comes Luke Redmond, a handsome , creative chef who has just lost his own restaurant due to financial failure. He is asked to cohost the show with Joy- and she definitely feels JOY at that point-maybe he can save her. Luke certainly becomes more than a cohost! But, oh the trials along the way!! Joy meets so many embarrassing situations and failures- she has an enemy who really wants to see her fail. I will not tell you more as it would be a spoiler! Wenda Devine becomes her cruel rival, although, she ends up by making Joy think of God and what is really important in life.
This is a well written book- don't know whether to call it a comedy of errors or..... Anyway, it was a fun read!
Joy Ballard is a celebrity. Her show, the wildly popular "Dining with Joy," has made her a household name, her recipes are heralded far and wide, and she makes her living showing others how to transform everyday ingredients into delicious meals.
The only problem? She doesn't know how to cook. Through creative production and camera work, she and her crew have managed to keep the secret, but when the show's ownership changes hands and a new chef, Luke Redmond, is hired to cohost, cracks start appearing in Joy's disguise. What a mess!
This was the third book in Rachel Hauck's Lowcountry Romance Series. I've read the first two -- Sweet Caroline and Love Starts with Elle -- and loved both of them. Hauck returns to the same small southern town of Beaufort in this installment and reintroduces the characters from her earlier books while telling Joy's story. Unlike many books that can be defined as Christian romance, this one didn't cross the line into cheesiness (until the very end!) and had enough other plot elements to keep from making the romance angle the most important part of the story. While Joy is falling in love with Luke, she's also struggling to raise her nieces, keeping up appearances for her show, and dealing with the emotional havoc wreaked by having an always there but never really present father. The romance element was nice, but it wasn't all that this book offered.
All in all, Dining with Joy was a fun, quick read. I would definitely read any other novel that Rachel Hauck writes.