2015 Book Reviews Carina UK Gina Henning
Book Review: How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning
Author: Gina Henning
Published: November 7th 2014 by Carina
Amazon | Amazon UK
Blurb: A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!
Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!
As the clock counts down to Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren is running out of time. And without her grandmother’s perfect pecan pie it won’t be a very Happy Thanksgiving! What Lauren needs is a knight in shining armour. And it might just be that the magic of Thanksgiving will find her one after all…
Review: I had the pleasure of winning the audio book version for How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie a couple of months ago and I was very curious to start it. First because it was my first audio book and secondly because I had never read a story based around Thanksgiving.
Regarding my first experience with an audio book, I have to say that I enjoyed it. The narrator had a really nice voice. I think she read at a good pace and it was easy to follow her. Now for the story, as I said I was curious about all the Thanksgiving elements. Being from Europe, I have only seen Thanksgiving on TV, where they present it as a chance to meet with your family and eat a lot of delicious food. How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie certainly delivered this. The food descriptions were detailed and rich and only made me salivate and wish I had an American family I could join next week (I googled it and Thanksgiving is on the 26th Nov this year).
Also, Lauren's (the main character) family was very enjoyable to read. With lots of drama with know-it-all-sisters, not-really-good-at-DIY-brothers-in-law and meddling-grandmothers, I found myself smiling more than once with the family dynamics. And then there was the romantic story line. Lauren is in charge of the pecan pie this year but her grandmother's secret recipe demands she gets the pecans in a certain place. It's there where she meets moody Jack. This plot was my least favourite part of the story. I found it a bit too predictable and rushed. And the chemistry between these two was a bit off.
I did like the ending though and it left me curious enough to want to pick the next book in the series, How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake, which I'm sure I'll enjoy during the holidays.