by Connie Brockway

November 2006
ISBN: 0-451-21983-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jenn Lind is about to become America’s next domestic goddess. She has been tapped to host a new TV show based on her popular Midwest morning show. This is the culmination of years of hard work and driving ambition, which has left her little time or energy for a personal life. Now that the prize is in sight, all Jenn has to do is return to the scene of her most painful childhood memory and make nice with the citizens of Fawn Creek, Minnesota.

Steve Jaax also has a date with destiny in Fawn Creek. The last time he was in Minnesota, he was a young artist reeling from a painful divorce, forced to take any job as long as it paid the bills. Sculpting faces in frozen blocks of butter is about as low as it could get, right?

Popular historic romance author Connie Brockway has ventured into the contemporary genre by sticking close to home. Hot Dish embodies plenty of her home-state quirks, and loads of its charm. She gives readers plenty of characters to chuckle over, all with a dose of love.

I especially enjoyed her portrayal of the townspeople seen through Jenn’s warped vision, and then through Steve’s rose-colored glasses. It was plain to see that reality was somewhere in-between, and that both good and bad people exist everywhere. The romance is a slow simmer of ingredients that takes a little while to come together, but the wait is worth it. Besides, readers will be caught up in the butter-head antics and won’t notice the time passing.

While I still think Ms. Brockway’s historical novels are her forte, her first contemporary venture was pleasing. It delivered plenty of humor along with a solid lesson at it’s core.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Paula.

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