This book is called Hungry Woman in Paris for more reasons than the cooking. There are *sex scenes, plenty of *sexual innuendo and bad language throughout. It is definitely not a book for the faint hearted but if you can handle material such as this it is a good read. It’s not my favorite but it did hold my attention and keep me reading. There is also plenty of digs at the politics of the US which fairly float over my head since I’m a Canadian. The parts I enjoyed the most were the parts taking place at the cooking school with the hussle and bussle of the classes and the food talk.
If you can look beyond the above, the character of Canela herself is likeable. She’s like a lost soul trying to find herself and we’ve all been there at one point or another. She has issues with her mother, her life, her job; she doesn’t know what will make it better anymore or what will bring the passion back to her life. The book is told in kind of a continuous thought pattern and at times it’s hard to follow. Several times throughout the novel though I found myself laughing out loud. I have to say also that the cover of this novel really caught my attention. I thought it was beautiful. So, to sum things up, by staying in Paris and enrolling in the cooking school, Canela ends up finding what she needs to start putting the pieces of her life back together.
Many thanks to Miriam at Hachette Books for sending me this advanced reader’s copy. This book will be released on March 9, 2009.
Other bloggy friend opinions can be found over at Mo’s from Un-Mainstream Mom Reads