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When in Doubt, Add Butter | [Beth Harbison]

When in Doubt, Add Butter

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it's her job to cater other peoples' dates, and that's just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She's got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma's takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it's her job to cater other peoples' dates, and that's just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She's got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There's Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor's orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is "allergic to everything"; and finally, a man she calls "Mr. Tuesday," whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma's takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and - oh yes - butter.

©2012 Beth Harbison (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • Erin DeAnjou
    31/08/12
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    "Predictable but Very Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up When in Doubt, Add Butter in three words, what would they be?

    May induce appetite.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the personality Orlagh brings to the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just some laughs and smiles with a few heart warming moments thrown in.


    Any additional comments?

    Great choice when you need a break between heavier books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Pullman, WA, United States
    13/08/12
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    "Enjoyable listen; marvelous narrator"

    More depth than typical for this sort of book. Fairly predictable but not stupidly so. I enjoyed the book and appreciated the fine narration. Characterization was mostly strong. Reminded me, sort-of, of Barbara O'Neal's writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JulieAnn
    albuquerque, NM, United States
    13/08/12
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    "good listen"

    Excellent book to listen to. I thought the performance was great and narrator also made me laugh. Description of the different clients the cater had was great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindapet2
    Corrales, NM, United States
    03/09/12
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    "A Super Summer Read"

    What a slice of life in one super read. I did not want this story to end. Orlagh Cassidey, as always, a voice that I could listen to all day.
    Reading a story is one thing but when listening to a story the narration is what helps to develop the characters, the surroundings...the story. I have listened to all books by BH and look forward to the next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. Didi
    Georgia
    23/06/14
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    "Predictable Fun - Audio Book Comfort Food"
    Would you listen to When in Doubt, Add Butter again? Why?

    Maybe, if I wanted something mindless to zone out to again. It's not the kind of book that really merits more than one listen otherwise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was rather fond of the crazy Russians, and wish there had been more of them. I would love to read a book just about Vlad's crazy psychic adventures and clients.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not any one scene in particular, but the mini-scenes of cooking in general were great. Harbison has a gift for describing delicious meals, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't inspire me to do a little extra baking of my own.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You pretty much know exactly what's going to happen next, so it's not one where you're glued to the story. It's funny and nice enough though that I was happy to listen to it fairly quickly, as just a thing to have on in the background.


    Any additional comments?

    Cassidy has a nice narration overall, but she had a bad habit of giving certain characters extremely nasal voices. This can be pretty grating at times.

    As a side note, the audiobook only has a little explicit sex (chapter 4, I think?), but has enough adult language and situations I wouldn't listen to it on speaker around teens or conservative older people. It was still a lot of fun though, that's just an FYI for anyone trying to figure out what they can safely play around grandma (or not).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brittany
    Sonora, CA, United States
    27/12/13
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    "Great feel good book"
    Where does When in Doubt, Add Butter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved it! in my top 5 for sure


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not yet but I will now


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great story I loved how they connected and you hoped it was him but still weren't quite sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terry
    Waynesville, NC, United States
    23/12/13
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    "I want to cook for people!"
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    It's always a wonderful feeling when you stumble across a new author. What a delightful read. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but I found the characters that Gemma cooked for to be quirky and delightful. Where else could you run over a peacock and still laugh yourself silly? Of course, it was easy to figure out where the story was going, but the ride to the destination was still fun. Can't wait to read the next Beth Harbison in my library!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LaChandra
    CROSSETT, AR, United States
    17/10/13
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    "Enjoyed"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it in 2 days. I really like the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lois Arena
    Elmsford, NY
    08/10/13
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    "BORING"
    What disappointed you about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    Very boring with no real story.


    What could Beth Harbison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of one person telling a story like it's a diary, I would have liked more characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre M. Gorelkin
    New York, NY United States
    08/07/13
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    "Delish!"
    What did you love best about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    'When in Doubt, Add Butter' is a light-hearted, lovely read.
    It is not an overly complex plot, but there is enough interest to keep the reader listening.
    Orlagh Cassidy is a terrific narrator-- her voice is enjoyable and she modulates her delivery to keep the reader interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't name just one character who was a favorite in this book, I had many favorites-- there were many likeable and interesting characters...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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