A Taste of Heaven A Taste of Heaven by
on September 15, 2015
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“Create one perfect bite.”

Good little widow Sophia Brown always follows the rules. When the producer of a cooking competition requests an amuse-bouche, the chefs stick with proteins. Sauces. A savory concoction. She has only one shot to impress the judges on A Taste of Heaven. But in a moment of defiance, she creates an extraordinary dessert, one that combines both the bitter and the sweet, just like her own life.

That one bite changes everything.

After a year grieving for her dead husband, forty-seven-year-old Sophia is finally ready to break out of her shell. Unfortunately, there is a large, angry obstacle standing in her way. Scottish chef Elliott Adamson has a chip on his shoulder the size of Loch Ness, and he’s blocking her path to victory.

Spurred by her daughters, she embarks on a poignant adventure that takes her from the wildflower fields of Vermont to the wind-swept vista of North Berwick, Scotland. Fear, courage, and inspiration from unlikely places will mark this journey, and Sophia is determined to persevere until the very end.

A TASTE OF HEAVEN is a 57,000 word short novel that includes a foodie romance, second chances, and a wee bit of haggis.

This is an author who doesn’t get enough credit. Her books are happy. Like not sickeningly sweet give you cavities happy, but just…fun. I smiled throughout the whole book! Her book Lumberjack in Love was like that. A completely delightful surprise.

Sophia’s husband died a year ago, and although she’s grieved, she still feels…stuck. Colors have lost their shades, food has lost its taste, and she just can’t pull herself out of the rut. She feels empty.

Her grown daughters decide to enter her in a cooking contest/reality show.

The good thing about feeling empty, though, is the chance to start from scratch. She’s no longer part of “David and Sophia.” She’s just plain Sophia. But who is Sophia? Maybe this show is a chance to figure that out?

Elliot Adamson is a grumpy Scottish chef. He’s on the same show as well, because the producers, they lied. It’s not just amateurs, it’s not just experienced and famous chefs. It’s a contest with both. And they have to pair up. Well grumpy Elliot doesn’t play well with others.

Sophia isn’t going to be meek and quiet little Sophia anymore, she takes Elliot, and she whips him into shape! This book was fun, and interesting, and addictive. You can’t put it down!

If you haven’t read Penny Watson, do so! Don’t let the cover fool you, this is a sweet romance with plenty of spice to even out the taste.

***ARC courtesy of the author

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