Well written and very charming addition to the chick-lit genre. Dierdre loses everything, goes into forced seclusion, falls in love and then the happy ending. There's a bonus included: actual cooking and backing recipes for many of the dishes within the book.
I am looking forward to reading more from this Chinese American writer.
At 40, single and the host of Live Simple and Seattle's Martha Stewart, Deidre McIntosh is living the good life - until she's not. Suddenly, as a younger, thinner, and blonder and wealthier Marla launches a competing show Deirdre's life comes apart. Deirdre's show is cancelled. And as she's mourning with a pint of icecream, she's evicted from her beautiful apartment.
It's a stroke of luck leads her to meet Kevin. After a chance encounter, he offers her the use of his cabin by Lake Wish. Surprising herself, Deirdre accepts Kevin's offer. As she spends time in Lake Wish and living simply, Deirdre slowly regains confidence and starts building her life again. And as she does so, she comes across love.
I thoroughly enjoyed Good Things! The tone and style was reminiscent of Watermelon by Marian Keyes. Like Watermelon, I had found Good Things serendipitously and found myself chuckling and unwilling to put it down.
Deirdre is a sympathetic character and I found myself hoping that things would work out for her, silently cheering with each small victory. Kevin is an ideal romantic lead, too. I thought it great fun go through each of the small hurdles that came their way.
I'd rate Good Things 4.5 out of 5 and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, romantic read! It'd be great on the beach, at the park, or just lazing around at home.
As a cook always looking for new, unique recipes and who appreciates descriptions of good food, I enjoyed the food-focus of the main character and her concoctions in this book. Beyond that, this book is highly formula: twist of fate/bad luck knocks girl out of her perfect life, she flees to the country to "find herself" and develop a new plan, she meets new friends in the country, she encounters a love interest along the way, after misunderstandings/misperceptions, all turns out well. Think Diane Keaton in "Baby Boom," only without the baby.