Dec 14, 2014

A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

From the acclaimed author of The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs comes a witty, honest novel, perfectly seasoned with both humor and heart, about daring to bite into the life you really want...

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers' market.

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation...
Sydney has a job she doesn't particularly like, but the salary allows her to pay the bills. She's living her life without her great loves. Her dream is to be a food writer, but after years of working for a television station she hasn't come any closer. Sydney doesn't even cook any longer since the love of her life betrayed her years ago and she doesn't date either. All of that changes as soon as she loses her job. She needs to work, so starts a job selling bread at a farmers' market. There's even a man who's persistent enough to ask her out several times because he really wants to get to know her. Does Sydney want to get to know him is the question? Just when she slowly starts to build up a new life an awful secret makes things hard for her again. Does she speak up or will she let it rest? Whatever she does, there will be consequences. 
A Second Bite at the Apple is a great book about the media, scandals, food and love. Sydney is far from perfect, but I instantly liked her. There are several life lessons she has to learn and the reader will learn them with her. I really like reading about food and this book often made my mouth water. Fresh produce, delicious bread and great simple cooking are a few examples of what it's about. There's also some interesting information about how things work in a bakery and on an apple farm. It was nice to read about the owners of the market stalls. By writing about them Sydney is getting more and more involved with the people she meets at a job that should have been temporary. The secret won't only affect her life, it will also influence the lives of a lot of people around her. Even though people make mistakes they can be given a second chance right? I loved how the author constantly answers this question, each time in a new situation. This book was a perfect read for me because of the combination of several of my great passions. I highly recommend it.

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