Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: Love on the Back Burner: A Tasty Romantic Comedy by Barbara Oliverio

Love on the Back Burner: A Tasty Romantic Comedy
By Barbara Oliverio
Publisher: Scolapasta Press
Published: Apr. 8, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Readers' Favorite Award-Winning Love on the Back Burner spins the story of sassy Alexandria D'Agostino. She is youngest in a tight-knit Italian-American family with a successful marketing career and a passion for cooking, yet her romantic life is less than 4-star. For years, she has tried cooking her way into men's hearts by flaunting her old world culinary skills, but now, she's changing the menu. She dishes up childhood favorites to a succession of first dates (recipes included). The book features an engaging
cast of characters including a rock-star-turned- priest brother, a no-nonsense Italian immigrant grandmother, and a crew of friends who are always up for a good meal. With a dollop of persistence and a dash of laughter, will Alexandria discover the recipe for happiness -- and perhaps love?

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My Thoughts:

Alexandria  (Alex) D'Agostino's life is complicated. She's having a hard time finding the love of her life even though she's tried the maxim "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" and cooked up some amazing meals for the men she's dated. Now her besties are telling her it's time to take it a little slower with the first-date gourmet meals. Meanwhile the temporary computer tech at work is really bugging her and she can't get it together to barely even be civil to him even though her friends can't see that he's done anything to warrant such a cold shoulder from her.

Love on the Back Burner is a treat to read. It's a light-hearted romantic comedy that will have you alternately smiling and chuckling at Alex's escapades and drooling over her wonderful cooking.

This is a lovely clean read in both the romance department and in the language department, so it is suitable for all ages from teens and up. Those who come from large families will appreciate Alex's large Italian family when they gather for a family party. Though I must say that her immediate family didn't seem all that large to me as she only had two brothers, a sister-in-law, one niece, two parents and a grandmother. We didn't really meet all the aunts, uncles and cousins in this book.

I loved the characters in Love on the Back Burner. They were just quirky enough to make them very endearing. Who couldn't love a grandmother that loves you with food? I could feel the love radiating from her. And wouldn't it be interesting to have a rock-star-turned-priest brother? The best thing for me was that they all actually got along pretty well!

The best part about this book is the ending. Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler. At the end of the book, the recipes are included for the food that Alexandria cooks in the book! YUM! Now you can create all those wonderful sounding foods that had you drooling while you were reading the book.

Love on the Back Burner is a fun romantic comedy. It's great for a light read and a good chuckle. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about family, love and food. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Readers' Favorite Award™-Winner Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants who grew up with a love of books and a passion for learning. She lives in suburban Denver where she and her husband enjoy good food, travel, and disputing pro football (Go Steelers!). She has been a teacher, journalist, and marketer, and writes for everything from periodicals to the Web.

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