Hilderbrand takes readers through one woman's search for meaning in her life. Descriptions of a beautiful Nantucket summer are interspersed with descriptions of the Blue Bistro's fabulous culinary twist on home-style favorites. Hilderbrand adds depth to the novel with her multifaceted characters. The restaurant comes alive with believable conflicts between the staff and patrons. But the love story between Adrienne and Thatcher is the jewel of the novel. Together they discover the meaning of devotion and the rarity of real love.

Adrienne Dealey leaves Colorado for Nantucket after her drug addict boyfriend steals her savings.

When she arrives, Thatcher Smith, attractive owner of the Blue Bistro, the island's trendiest restaurant, hires her to be his assistant manager despite her lack of restaurant experience.

As the attraction between Adrienne and Thatcher builds, she tries to discover the nature of his friendship with Fiona, the restaurant's moody chef.

(Jun., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick