Gus Simpson is turning 50. It really shouldn't bother her. She's a successful TV host with her own cooking show, Cooking with Gusto! She has a lovely house, great friends and 2 grown daughters. So why does she feel like she's missing something?
Then, just like that, her job is in jeopardy. Big changes are coming to her show. She must share air time with a sexy Spanish beauty queen and Oliver, a man with a passion for food... and maybe something more. Add to the mix her bickering daughters and her youngest's jilted lover and it's a recipe for disaster and high ratings.
I liked Gus with her Martha Stewart-like need for perfection. Her meddling ways make her daughters crazy but she just can't help herself. Even though Gus is the main character, I enjoyed how Jacobs switched the point of view to many of the characters throughout the book. Everyone has a hangup or two. I even had a bit of sympathy for Carmen.
Even though Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs had funny and poignant moments by the end I felt it lost momentum. Maybe it was because there was so much happening at the beginning that the romances seemed tacked on near the end. Not that it's not an enjoyable read, it's worth reading just wish the end hadn't petered out.
But that cover looks delicious!
Thanks Penguin for the review copy.