The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

the coincidence of coconut cake

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Traveling With T purchased this book for pleasure reading.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Summary from Goodreads:

YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I don’t always review books that I buy for pleasure reading- I usually mention the heck out of them on my social media- but sometimes the urge just strikes me to talk more than a Facebook or Twitter update!

I went into this book with zero expectations. (Confession: While I know the basic plot of You’ve Got Mail, I actually did not watch the movie. Bigger confession: Sleepless in Seattle, which everyone loves and paired together Meg and Tom for the first time- I actually *gulp* did not like. Maybe it’s because the night I watched it, I came down with a hellacious stomach bug (the kind you DO NOT forget), but I don’t get all starry eyed and dreamy sounding when talking about that movie).


Bought the book because I heard about the super-good deal from the Tall Poppy Writers and was in the need for something that had a fun and frothy feel to it.

Naturally, I bought the book- but it was some time before I sit down to read it (you know those BEA 15 books are not going to read themselves!) I wouldn’t say I’ve been in a funk with reading lately- but I was craving something- something that I was getting from other books- but my craving was not satisfied! I just wanted to read. To enjoy. To not try to figure out the plot, the twists. I wanted a good story and easy reading.

And YASSSSSSSSSSSSS! I got what I wanted with COINCIDENCE! A cute story. A story that satisfied me to the core. YASSSSSSSSS *raises hands high!*

This was story that I could enjoy. I could actually see it being a book that is begging for the Hollywood treatment. While I can’t say I could see the characters for the Hollywood movie- I could totes see me- sitting in the aisle seat, with my butter popcorn and strawberry drink- enjoying the heck outta of the story on the big screen.

Just go and get the book. Check it out. Ask for it for your birthday. You, if you normally like the books I like, will enjoy the heck outta of this book!


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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8 thoughts on “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

  1. This one is on its way from the UK to me, might be in the post today. Some of the other bloggers I follow raved about it and I knew I wanted it. So happy to hear you loved it. Loved both movies but can see how you would not have so happily connected!

    • Oh I can’t wait to hear what you think since we enjoy so many of the same books. Yep, the stomach flu does not mess around and it’s tainted the charming-ness of those two for me 🙂

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