Monday, 20 October 2014

Delectable (Big Sky Pie 01) by Adrianne Lee


Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It's a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he's away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that's not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

To be perfectly honest, this was not my type of book. It resembles those family sagas where every character seems to be on an emotional roller coaster with more downs than ups. It’s a swamp filled with negative emotions – grief, abandonment, guilt, despair, resentment, blame, fear of commitment and fear of love. Some people love that kind of thing and they will enjoy this one because it is well written, the setting is interesting, and the characters are believable [if in need of a good counselor.]

This trip into the slough of despond was triggered by the sudden heart attack and death of the male lead’s father. Notice I didn’t say hero because his actions through most of the book are not remotely hero-like. His father’s sudden death makes him feel guilty about not spending more time with him so he immediately blames his wife, who has issues of her own since his father had been the only father figure she had ever known. Among other things he keeps disappearing to go fishing [it was something his Dad always wanted him to join him at], abandons his business, his mother and his wife. He repeatedly behaves badly, she’s leaving him, and then her mother-in-law has a heart attack and is hospitalized. The two of them try to hold it together so they can open Mom’s pie shop and stay solvent.

The light slowly dawns on the soon-to-be ex-husband and he tries to get it together and convince the wife that they can still make a go of their marriage. She informs him she’s leaving anyway. He let’s her go, feeling she ‘has to figure it out for herself.’

I don’t know how credible it is when Quint goes from a major crash and burn to coping at least moderately well so quickly. I’m not sure how you get from ‘I don’t care. Divorce me.’ to a believable reconciliation in such a short time. I really didn’t feel their chemistry or their love, and I REALLY didn’t feel their healing. All I can say is I sure hope they find a good counselor and put him or her on speed dial…

The book was not a particularly well-balanced one – we see a lot of Quint’s suffering and not much of Caylee’s. She seems more a supporting character than a lead. I enjoyed the setting, Kallispell MT is very beautiful. Some of the pie details were interesting – not that I bake pies much these days. For me this book was only OK – not my cup of tea.

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