Thomas' latest romance is delicious, delectable and a mouth-watering blend of Cinderella, Top Chef and Like Water for Chocolate, not to mention Chocolat. She dazzles with her intelligent, compelling story and memorable characters. This well-crafted romance places her among the very finest of the next generation
Revered in Paris, Verity Durant is a chef extraordinaire. Rebuked in England for once being her employer's mistress, she now makes cooking her passion, and her sumptuous meals are feasts for the senses. Verity cooks with love, and when she's suddenly confronted by the one man she desires, powerful politician Stuart Somerset, she creates a meal to win his heart.
Long ago, as strangers, they shared an exquisite night of love, and the instant Stuart tastes one bite of her food, old feelings are aroused. He and Verity engage in a battle of sharp wits and biting words that leads to an explosion of feelings. But Stuart is to marry, and Verity has secrets better kept hidden. Like all good fairy tales there is a villain or two, and though this couple's pride can drive them apart, their passion and faith bring them together. (Bantam, Aug., 404 pp., $6.99)