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Friday, May 18, 2012

French Romance Cooking Class by Beth Mathison

French Romance Cooking Class by Beth Mathison
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Frannie and David Young have been married over twenty years, have two kids, busy jobs, a house in the suburbs and a dog named Max. To keep the romance alive in their relationship, they plan a “date” twice a month. Their block of time together includes very few rules—no kids or dogs, but requires an open mind. Frannie and David take turns planning dates, depending on the NFL’s schedule and how the planets are aligned that particular month.

In this second short story in the series, Frannie chooses a hands-on French cooking class as their outing. As they struggle with the “right” way to spice up their lives (both in and out of the kitchen), they discover that their strength as a couple depends on their ability to “wing it.” They also discover that “winging it” with raw oysters, a bottle of wine and an eccentric French cook can make for one interesting date.

Charming…not an adjective I normally use to describe a story but I can’t think of another word that describes it better. It’s a quick read that had me smiling, and sometimes laughing, from first to last word. The two lead characters are fun and very realistic. I enjoyed their interaction with other couples in their French cooking class and their funny banter. I also thought the conversations with the instructor were great, too. It’s got romance, humor, food, and French food no less. A reader couldn’t ask for a better combination.

French Romance is the second book in the Young at Heart series for Ms. Mathison. It was interesting to see her switch genres from mystery to contemporary romance. Her writing is strong and her characters solid.

While the story focuses on an older couple I know readers of any age will enjoy this story. I’m positive, as it did with me, the word charming will spring to mind after you’ve read it. This is one I highly recommend.