Hudson Valley #1
Published by Gallery Books on October 10, 2015
Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood´s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. Then a dairy disaster implodes her carrer in one fell ploop, and she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.
When local organic farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home might not be so bad after all. Because Leo´s heavily involved in the sustainable, slow-food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie´s determined to head back to the West Coast as soon as the summer is over – but can the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo be enough to keep her back home for good?
My ReviewBut after I finally read it, I have to say: no matter what title her next books will have, the author is always a guarantor for fantastic stories with the perfect style and language. Oh yes, I am serious about that.
Nuts is full with amazing scenes, funny dialogues and a beautiful landscape. You can actually see the Farmer`s Market, the barn and all the other places where this novel plays.
Alice Clayton digs real deep into the world of food, creating delicious meals and how idyllic country life can be. And OMG all those cakes made my mouth water! I mean literally.
And then the perfect mix of different tones. The author used a combination of humor, amusement and irony in hilarious dialogues and even better scenes. The one, where Leo texts Roxie what he hears is so incredible fantastic and what he does afterwards is even more fantastic. You see, to get the full picture you really have to read it.
Yes, Alice Clayton fascinates the reader with her new characters. And I was very happy when two characters of one of her elder books showed up. Yep, Grace and Jack from The Unidentified Redhead have their moments in this book; but back to Roxie and Leo. Their first meeting is quite something and nuts are all of the sudden something very special. A kitchen can´t be small enough to be able to cook properly in it, but with Leo and Roxie in one place the space of a kitchen becomes a completely new meaning.
There is no doubt, that Roxie is a fantastic woman. She had a unusual childhood because of her mother being a hippy, yes, but she is adorable, knows what she wants and what she doesn´t want in life and how she manages the diner during her mother´s absence is one great story.
Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog …