The Summer Kitchen: A Novel

by Karen Weinreb | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780312379254 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 10/8/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 08, 2009
Amazon Editorial Review:

When Nora Banks goes to answer the doorbell very early one November 1st, she thinks it must be a group of teen pranksters still out trick-or-treating. But it’s no prank—it’s the Feds, who have come to arrest her husband Evan for a white collar crime. Nora’s enviable, privileged life in the eighteenth-century house she’d quit her job to renovate to museum-quality perfection, is upended in an instant.

The Bedford wives close ranks against Nora and her children. Nora’s only support comes from her children’s nanny Beatriz. The two women bond to raise the boys as smoothly as possible while Nora goes back to work. Baking has always been her biggest passion, so she launches a business of her own, the Summer Kitchen. Tempted by the offer of an affair with one of the local husbands and thwarted by an alpha wife who actively tries to shut down her business, Nora has to reach into reserves she didn’t know she had to support her family and change her way of thinking about life, family, money, and romance.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 16, 2009
Nora Banks has the perfect life. She is wealthy and well-liked. Her boys attend a prestigious private school and her eighteenth century house is renovated to immaculate and tasteful perfection. Nora's life is filled with volunteering, driving her boys to school and getting together with the other mothers to gossip.

When Nora opens her door before dawn one morning to find federal agents there to arrest her husband Evan for a white collar crime, she is astounded. She never expected this to happen. All the other mothers snub her. What is she to do?

Nora decides with the help of her nanny Beatriz to go back to work. She starts off by doing a midnight shift in a bakery. Soon she decides to indulge her passion and start baking her own goodies to sell.

Nora is furious with Evan to the point of being barely able to talk to him and take the boys to visit their father in jail. She feels the isolation and finds herself encouraging an affair with her lawyer. The lawyer besides helping her with the legal mess her husband has left her with is also trying to help himself to Nora's house. Nora is also dealing with a mum who is determined to run her out of town and out of business.

I loved this book. It brought back what values are really important in life. Nora finds out eventually what is really important in life: family, love and real friends. Sometimes books have a profound effect on their readers. That is what happened to me as I realized what a deep love my husband and I share. Thanks to Weinreb for making me think about my important things in life and realizing what I truly have and can cherish

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 08, 2009
taking to the Meet-Up for Chronic

Journal Entry 4 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Monday, November 09, 2009
Thanks Ace
TBR soon

Journal Entry 5 by chronicbooker3 from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Monday, March 01, 2010
Nice message and oh so true. It is the little things that matter the most and make life worth living. Material objects are just objects

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