Bonnie Miller is the queen of Southwestern cuisine with a popular southern California restaurant and a very successful television show. She also has an attitude.
Trace Domingo is a washed up sports writer who manages to get invited to Miller's culinary boot camp. When the two are in the same room, sparks fly – as well as pots and pans.
Trace comes face to face with quirky characters in his dormitory. He meets Kelp, Bonnie's gardener/protector with a surfing goat.
When Trace investigates strange sounds coming from under his bed he discovers a hidden cave that opens to the beach. When Trace convinces Bonnie to check it out, they discover a chest with a Zorro costume, an old journal, and get chased by the high tide.
On what seems like a whim, Bonnie decides to go to Mexico. She asks Trace to drive her. Adopted, Bonnie is on a journey to find her mother. She and Trace find trouble instead. They are kidnapped by one of the meanest outlaws there is and are held for a multimillion dollar ransom.
They manage to escape and Bonnie is able to find the orphanage that housed her. Bonnie had been born with a large facial defect and had been left to die. Her rescue had been a miracle. Bonnie finds more of her history than she would like as she is told who her real father is. Just when she has the opportunity to adopt a couple of the children in the orphanage, her evil kidnapper shows up with a vengeance.
Through all of these adventures, Bonnie finally realizes, “I fed my ego, but my soul was famished.” (260) When she finally returns to her home, her staff is shocked. She is a new person. The “ice queen” is gone. Bonnie has found love, both God's and, well, Trace's.
Not a bad book from debut authors Dan & Denise Harmer. The only thing that's missing from this book is recipes!
I received a copy of this book from Glass Road Public Relations on behalf of the authors for the purpose of this review.
Lamp Post Inc., 284 pages.
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