In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O'Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we're all hoping to find...? It's the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for-the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to defy the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother's recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is-and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own. Owner Julian Liswood is a name many people know but a man few do. He's come to Aspen with a troubled teenage daughter and a dream of the kind of stability and love only a family can provide. But for Elena, old ghosts don't die quietly, yet a chance to find happiness at last is worth the risk.
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"This kitchen romance has many characters; it's good to have the talented Bernadette Dunne helping listeners keep track of them with skillful presentations of their quirks and interior lives. Dunne serves up characters as diverse as celebrity restaurateur Julian Liswood and his adolescent daughter, Portia--though they're just appetizers compared to the main course: chef Elena Alvarez. Dunne gives Elena a wistful, husky voice and a tough yet vulnerable presence as she battles to find her place in the man's world of the professional kitchen. For Dunne, food itself becomes a well-loved character in the story, one she savors when she describes flavors, ingredients, and recipes, lingering over them with the appreciation of a true foodie. Dunne's perfect pace and ear for dialogue greatly enhance a somewhat predictable story. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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