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The Secret Recipe for Second Chances: A charming novel of second chances, delicious recipes and love

J.D. Barrett

3 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance

A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day is a second chance.

If you love OFFSPRING and the 'opposites attract' charm of THE ROSIE PROJECT, you will love this story!

Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It's complicated. They're joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, so making a clean break is tough. But, let's face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good grace.

Despondently driving around the back streets of Woolloomooloo one night, Lucy happens upon an old, empty terrace that was once the city's hottest restaurant: Fortune. One minute she's peering through grimy windows into an abandoned space, the next she's planning a pop-up bistro.

When Lucy fires up Fortune's old kitchen she discovers a little red recipe book that belonged to the former chef, the infamous Frankie Summers. As she cries over the ingredients for Frankie's French Onion Soup, she imagines what Fortune was like in its heyday. It's strange, Lucy can sense Frankie beside her, almost see him there ...

This fiery chef, who lived with a passion for food and women in almost equal measure, just might help Lucy cook herself up a better life. But is she brave enough to believe?

A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day brings with it a second chance.

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Praise for The Secret Recipe for Second Chances: A charming novel of second chances, delicious recipes and love

  • Genuinely and effortlessly charming - Sydney Morning Herald

  • THE SECRET RECIPE FOR SECOND CHANCES is a delight to read: light but not fluffy, with rich characters that will leave you wanting another taste. - Books+Publishing

  • Her novel is like a French farce. Mouth-watering descriptions of food, accompanied by recipes, only add to its appeal. - Courier-Mail

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J.D. Barrett

J.D. Barrett is an Australian television writer and script editor. She has worked on the writing teams for Love My Way, East of Everything, Bed of Roses, Wonderland, Love Child and The Secret Daughter. The Secret Recipe for Second Chances was her bestselling debut novel. The Song of Us was her second book and The Upside of Over is her third work of fiction. J.D. lives between Sydney, Byron Bay and Los Angeles.