As the days of summer continue to go forward, I continue to read and relish great books. I have to admit that this summer I have been reading more than I have in years--and I love it.
One book that piqued my interest this summer? Pickin' Tomatoes by J.W. Bull. A delightful read from start to finish I loved reading about the main character, Maggie Malone, and her journey towards singledom and independence.
About the Book
Meet Maggie Malone. Recently single new mother and 40 years old. With no job bringing in money to support her and her baby girl, Maggie decides to apply for a magazine columnist job at Cooking and Women. The requirements? You dish advice and serve it with a yummy recipe for the readers to try.The requirements are simple: you must be an experienced chef and single. Sounds easy enough, right?
Well, maybe it would be easy if you could, you know, cook. Maggie is a disaster in the kitchen and technically she is still married. She applies anyway (what are a couple of little white lies?), dishes up an amazing article complete with cheeky advice and a recipe for homemade salsa. She compares finding "Mister Right" with picking out a perfect tomato for a great homemade salsa recipe.
Maggie captures the heart and attention of the editor, wins the contest and is the new "Chef of Hearts" for Cooking and Women. Through her journey she learns a lot about not only cooking, but about herself in general.
I loved Pickin' Tomatoes. Not only was it a quick read, but it was also hilarious! J.W. Bull has a niche for writing and humor. I instantly connected with Maggie Malone and silently rooted for her throughout the book. I definitely recommend it to anyone in need of a light, quirky book to tide them over this summer.
I give Pickin' Tomatoes 4 out of 5 stars. Loved J.W. Bull's writing style and look forward to reading what she comes out with next.
J.W. Bull lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons. Although she has worked as a sous chef for Lavande Restaurant, she currently is a private violin teacher and a member of The Georgia Symphony. She is also finishing another novel, Musical Chairs, a mystery involving Maggie's cousin, Molly Malone, plucky part-time symphony player and full-time Irish fiddler. It's a hilarious spoof on symphonies, Irish fiddling, and mysteries that continues the Malone saga.