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Review: When in Doubt, Add Butter

September 23, 2012

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.

Review copy provided by Macmillan Audio.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
27 Comments leave one →
  1. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 23, 2012 7:41 am

    Sounds splendid!

  2. September 23, 2012 8:41 am

    I know what you mean about chick lit. And saying “women’s fiction” doesn’t sound much better! There must be a better word!

  3. September 23, 2012 8:58 am

    I usually don’t do well with the genre no matter what it’s called, but this sounds fun.

  4. September 23, 2012 9:29 am

    I read another book by this author that I really enjoyed and knowning Orlagh narrates this one definitely gets my attention.

  5. September 23, 2012 10:27 am

    Sounds like a book I would enjoy. I’m not a fan of the term chick lit, though women’s fiction makes me think of more serious subject matter. We need to think of a new term!

  6. September 23, 2012 10:52 am

    This sounds like a good book to read listen to at the gym. Thanks for the review.

  7. September 23, 2012 11:04 am

    I enjoyed this as well – a fun read!

  8. September 23, 2012 11:32 am

    This sounds like a fun book and I really like Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator. I’ll have to give it a try even though I don’t read a lot of chick lit.

  9. September 23, 2012 11:39 am

    I go back and forth on whether I want to read this one, but you may have convinced me. Thanks for the review!

  10. September 23, 2012 11:41 am

    This one sounds so delightful! I haven’t read this author yet, but now I’m eager to do so.

  11. September 23, 2012 3:07 pm

    This book sounds like the perfect read for those mornings in traffic on my commute to work. It would be very entertaining like you said. Just the thing to get in a good mood before work.

  12. September 23, 2012 3:28 pm

    So glad to see your review of this. I listened to her book Always Something There to Remind Me and thought it was a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to try another of her books; When In Doubt…sounds like a good choice!

  13. September 23, 2012 5:12 pm

    I like the sound of this one Kathy! The cover draws me in too…

  14. bookingmama permalink
    September 23, 2012 5:59 pm

    This was a cute one. Sometimes sweet and predictable stories are just what I need.

  15. September 23, 2012 6:57 pm

    It sounds like a nice fun light read, and what a cute title!

    • September 23, 2012 9:26 pm

      It sounds like the perfect book to fall into on a Sunday afternoon when football is on!

  16. September 23, 2012 9:47 pm

    It is hard not to agree with the title!! More butter please!

  17. joyweesemoll permalink
    September 23, 2012 9:58 pm

    That sounds like fun. The profession of personal chef fascinates me — this might be an excellent way to learn more about it.

  18. September 23, 2012 10:13 pm

    This sounds like fun. I think I’m going to try to find a copy, for those times when I need something to just take me away from it all and have a good time. Thanks!

    I hate the title chick lit too because it sounds demeaning, when it should just be a fun story 🙂

  19. zibilee permalink
    September 24, 2012 10:30 am

    I have been intrigued by this book since first seeing it. It sounds like it might be a great read for one of those days when I am feeling over-stressed. Chick-lit has gotten a bad rap lately, but this one sounds like it would be something fun and absorbing, and since I love foodie books, I will be on the lookout for this one!

  20. September 24, 2012 1:18 pm

    Always looking for good audio books! Thanks for the recommendation!

  21. Literary Feline permalink
    September 24, 2012 2:36 pm

    I like the sound of this one so may have to give it a try!

  22. September 24, 2012 9:23 pm

    Orlagh Cassidy is one of my favorite narrators – I am listening to The Shoemaker’s Wife with her now!

  23. September 25, 2012 5:57 am

    Oooo I got this one from Macmillon too, now I’m anxious to get to it. It sounds fantastic!

  24. September 25, 2012 8:05 pm

    Oh my! another one to add to my list of buys!! I loved this one just from your review 😀

  25. September 26, 2012 2:20 pm

    Oh, this is an audio book? I thought you overheard me say that the other day. I add butter to everything. LOL.

  26. September 27, 2012 6:10 pm

    Glad you enjoyed this one. I just love the title!

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