WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER
Author: Beth Harbison
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Details: 7 CDs 8 hours listening time
Produced by: Laura Wilson
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Must recognize this delicious cover shot by Rita Maas
I am a complete suck for the all mighty cupcake so this audiobook already had me at the cupcakes on its cover. Gemma is you, me, a sister, friend or anyone in our lives. It made it easy to settle in with Gemma Craig for this time in her life.
Gemma has tried a number of things and nothing seemed to stick in her career or with men. But her job as a private chef seems to suit her well and she enjoys it. If not for her clients, whom add a dash of uncertainty, drama and unexpected ingredients stirred into her life things could be just right in Gemma’s life.
When we meet Gemma she had 6 regular clients plus catering and events to supplement which worked out fine. But then her Saturday high-profile client let her go all over a misunderstanding that involved a peacock…you will have to listen for yourself. So now Gemma with a free night which was so rare for her and she heads out with a friend. Completely not what she was expecting Gemma ends up spending the night with a guy she meets.
To Harbison’s credit the 4 remaining clients plus 1 she picks up are a mix of characters she takes the time to develop. Some of the clients you want to hug and others not so much yet I could not wait till it was their turn in the weekly rotation. Harbison made me feel part of Gemma’s life and I looked forward to her life in and outside of the kitchen.
When something unexpected happens to Gemma ehe makes a bold life changing decision. And it turns out her life in and out of the kitchen are about to collide in the best of ways. I really enjoyed my time with Gemma and company and would welcome a return, I think these characters have more to share.
Enjoyed the pacing, story and the narration by Cassidy. This was more than a beach read and yet still the light read I was seeking. Definitely interested in mixing in more Harbison and Cassidy in future listens/reads.