Review: When in Doubt, Add Butter
Things haven’t gone too well in the romance department for Gemma, so she’ll just stick to her friends and her job as a private chef, thank you very much. Her closest friend is her happily married cousin Penny. Penny is expecting her second child and seeing her pregnant does give Gemma a few little twinges. Still, Gemma thinks she’ll stick with her cooking – it’s predictable and won’t let you down.
Gemma has quite the variety of clients - a woman who claims to be allergic to just about everything, a woman who needs to lose weight, a family who seem to have ties to the Russian mafia, and a man she’s never seen just to name a few. Things seem to be going pretty well on the job front until a few clients cancel on Gemma all of a sudden. As she’s trying to get to the bottom of things a problem pops up in her personal life as well. Gemma realizes she will persevere “because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and – oh yes – butter.”
I thought When In Doubt, Add Butter, by Beth Harbison, was delightful from the outside in. That gorgeous cover made me hungry and drew me in and the book kept me thoroughly entertained from the very start. Gemma is an average young woman with an unusual job. Since things haven’t worked out in the romance department for her, she’s decided to move on and concentrate on her friends and career.
Of course, things don’t always go the way you plan and an impetuous decision and the loss of a few jobs has Gemma rethinking things. She has some tough decisions to make and faces them head on. As she tries to work things out, Gemma finds herself in some humorous (at least to the reader) situations. Add to that the descriptions of the meals Gemma prepares and you have a book that’s sure to please anyone who enjoys chick lit. I hesitated to use the term chick lit in describing this book because it seems to have gotten a bum rap lately, but this book makes me think of the classic chick lit that’s so much fun.
I listened to the audio version of When In Doubt, Add Butter. It’s read by Orlagh Cassidy and she does a wonderful job! She’s good with voices and kept me engaged the whole time. The book is on 7 CDs and lasts approximately 8 hours. There’s an interview with the author at the end of the audio book that was fun to listen to as well. You can listen to a sample of the book here.