I had previously read the first book in this series, A Table By The Window, back in May of last year. When that book ended I was looking forward to reading Reservations for Two, so I was very excited when it became available for me to review!
This book picks up where the first one left off. Our main character, Juliette, is continuing her long-distance, started-online relationship with Neil. Juliette is in Portland, Neil in Memphis. Juliette and her brother Nico are opening a restaurant and their mother is ill with cancer. When the last book left off, Juliette found a photo of a man that looked a lot like her brother Nico in her grandmother’s things after she passed. She knew it wasn’t her grandfather but wanted to find out who it was.
When Juliette (and Neil) take a trip to France and Italy to see family and find supplies for the restaurant, Juliette comes across a lot of letters between her grandmother and her great aunt. She takes them home and scans them to her laptop and ends up reading them while on the plane to visit Neil in Memphis and whenever she has free time before the restaurant opening. She seems to have solved the mystery from Book #1 on who this man is – BUT ends up with a whole new mystery to solve that came from these letters. She also isn’t sure if she should tell her mother what she has found since she has been in and out of the ER with fevers and infections.
Much like the first book – the book had a decent ending, but still, so many (more) loose ends to tie up! The next book I believe is the last one in the series so I am looking forward to reading it! Actually, I can’t wait!
I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.
Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?
As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries?