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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanagh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel's other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family. When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he's sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public's good graces is to work alongside Hadley. As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives. Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, ene…

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

by Bethany Turner

Overall Book Review:

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner is a standalone novel that starts out with a most impressive display of immaturity and anger.  This single antic sets the strange for the relationship between Hadley Beckett and Maxwell Cavanagh.  Readers are treated to the perspectives of both of the main characters.

Much of this book is formulaic and fairly predictable.  The emotional state of Hadley seems to be based largely in her head.  Someone did something to her once and now even when the person is not doing anything nearly that terrible, she is prone to hypersensitivity and flying of the handle at the slightest provocation.  She is constantly looking to be offended and upset.

Somehow the somewhat annoying and very self-centered chef Max is more appealing.  Usually, one is supposed to be annoyed with the person who behaves poorly, but somehow Hadley’s overreaction makes him more likeable.

What is especially appreciated in this book is the way the author demonstrates the change in the main characters.  Neither is perfect, but they both make improvements and learn about themselves and each other.  The epilogue of the story is great, because the author actually shows the characters well into the future and not just a month or two down the road.  This book is great for a quick read without too much deep soul searching.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  A character throws a fit and throws stuff on the ground. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter:

Alcohol addiction, death of parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character consumes liquor and is inebriated; a character discusses his alcohol habits.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
0
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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About the Reviewer

I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.