When we first read LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE by the fabulous Amy E. Reichert we had two thoughts: 1) this books is amazing; and 2) we know a certain lemon pie lover who would ADORE this book. Remember our friend Shelly Jaronsky, author of THE COOKIES & CUPS COOKBOOK? We gave her an advanced readers copy and her response was above and beyond our expectations. Read her review of LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE below! Both books are now available from Gallery Books. 

C&C Image 5Did someone say Lemon Pie? In my world sometimes the whisper of a sweet treat is enough to draw me in. Love, Luck & Lemon Pie, by Amy Reichert, is my latest beach-read obsession.

Let me start by saying that I begin my summer reading list around February; it’s become something of a ritual. As winter lingers on for what seems like an eternity here in the Northeast, some people might use that time to get their body swimsuit ready, others might plan elaborate vacations to keep their minds sunny… but I skip all the logistics and dive right into what I will be reading on the hypothetical beach in my hypothetical swimsuit. Totally normal. Right?

Anyhow, here we are, halfway through Summer 2016 and I have blown through so many books on my reading list already! I read Love, Luck & Lemon Pie first, actually because…well…lemon pie. And while the yummy dessert only plays a small role in the book, I was completely smitten with the story that I didn’t even think about pie…

Ok, that’s a lie. But you get what I mean.

Set in Milwaukee, MJ and her husband, Chris, have been married for 20 years and have 2 teenaged kids. They are right in the middle of a “marriage lull”, I guess you would say, which an anniversary Lemon Pie unintentionally shines a spotlight on.

Chris seems more interested in poker than MJ and she decides that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. She decides to learn the game, which is where things get interesting. MJ realizes she has a knack for poker and instead of bringing the two closer together, well…it opened MJ’s eyes to a life beyond her husband and kids. Suddenly she had a completely separate identity to wife and mother, and along with that came confidence that attracted a famous poker player.

MJ needs to decide if her marriage is worth fighting for, or if their time has passed and they need to move on. It’s a crossroads that so many long-term relationships come to, and I truly enjoyed the ultimate choice that MJ and Chris make together.

From an adorable cover, to a killer Lemon Pie recipe this book is just about everything I look for in a summer read…heck, strike that…an ANYTIME read!