Children and Middle Grade Books
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Children and Middle Grade Books
Author: Barbara Oliverio
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Scolapasta Press
Release Date: June 2, 2014
Pages: 240 pages
Sharp-witted, always-organized Keira Graham has traded in her high tech career as a systems analyst for the whirlwind world of event planning. As she builds up her fledging business, she learns that her widowed mother has news of her own — a serious gentleman caller! Is Keira ready for mom’s new romance?
When she gets a game-changing opportunity to organize a major event on a luxury Caribbean cruise, Keira turns to best pal chef Alexandria D’Agostino to help recruit famous chefs who will offer classes for foodies looking for fun in the sun as they gain cooking know-how. The cruise becomes a rollicking adventure for Keira, her sassy assistant Juliet, the entire D’Agostino clan, Keira’s mother and other surprise guests. And has Keira meet her match in charismatic Cruise Director Brennan McCallister, who could have something more than keeping everything shipshape on his mind?
Filled with wit, charm, and a few recipes along the way, Love on the Lido Deck brings characters to life with laugh-out-loud situations, crisp dialog and sweet romance on the high seas.
Love on the Lido Deck takes place a few years after the events of Oliverio’s first book, Love on the Back Burner (see my review), which focused on Alexandria D’Agostino, flighty marketing guru turned famous chef. The sequel focuses on Alex’s best friend, Keira, who is much more staid and proper than Alex.
I really enjoyed getting to know the Keira character and her family better. It was also fun to have Alex’s family still around, since they all go on the cruise together.
Reading about the cruise made me want to take another one (it’s been 8 years). The fun, formals and frivolity of a cruise are well-portrayed in this charming book.
I would have to say my favorite aspect of both Oliverio’s romantic comedies is that they are clean AND fun, traits that taken together seem hard to come by in this modern world.
As with its predecessor, the book has a wealth of recipes in the back, all of which were mentioned at some point in the story.
I give Love on the Lido Deck 4 1/2 stars!! It’s a silly, lovely romp and a fun afternoon read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Readers’ Favorite Award™ Winner Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and grew up in North Central West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family’s native tongue as well as took advantage of living near to other European countries to travel extensively. A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, in suburban Denver where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother’s treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel. She volunteers extensively for her parish and writes for its publications. She also teaches part-time for the St. Catherine of Siena Institute.