Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “First Course” by Jenn Bouchard, Touchpoint Press, June 21, 2021. On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours
Jenn Bouchard, the author of “First Course” has written a delicious and entertaining novel. The genres are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Domestic Drama. There also is a dash of Romance and wit sprinkled in. The timeline for this story takes place in the author’s present, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. On just one day in the present, there is a recipe for disaster. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, flawed, and quirky. Some of the characters are brave and resourceful. I love the way the author vividly describes many of the tempting dishes and foods. This is a story about family, friendship, forgiveness, second chances, personal self- growth, hope and love.
On just one tragic day, Janie Whitman, arrives to work just after her secret boyfriend who is the boss, only to discover the company is closing, and she has no job. Then she realizes that the boyfriend is going off to California, and now there is no more boyfriend. Her parents have a tragic accident, and her sister is not coping well.
Janie heads to help her sister with the funeral arrangements. Alyssa, Janie’s sister has two children and recent problems with her husband. Janie loves cooking and is dishing up food for the family.
Janie and Alyssa, somehow need to find the ingredients to be strong and resourceful in the middle of this crisis. I would recommend this memorable and thought-provoking book to others.