The idea of having ex-husband Cal Buchanan come crawling for help is one that chef Penny Jackson wants to savor. Three years ago, Penny and Cal's marriage fell apart for a variety of reasons, one of which was his lack of support for Penny joining the staff at The Waterfront, one of the Buchanan family's premier restaurants. Now The Waterfront is in serious decline, and Cal wants to hire Penny to revive it.
Penny gleefully negotiates her terms and agrees to save the restaurant. What Penny doesn't mention is that she is pregnant, through in-vitro fertilization. She has always gotten along with Cal's siblings. However, his controlling grandmother, Gloria, is another matter. She rules with an iron fist, never hesitating to use secrets to manipulate. To Cal and Penny's surprise, they find their separation has helped their relationship, but huge obstacles remain ... one of which is named Gloria.
Food and love are a great mix, so it is appropriate that bestselling author Mallery launches a tasty new series based on the lives and loves of a family of restaurateurs. Using her patented blend of wit and humor, Mallery explores deeply complicated family relationships that are laced with love and loss. Outstanding! (Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)