Sunday, February 8, 2015

THE RECIPE BOX by Sandra Lee

Author:  Sandra Lee
Publisher:  Hyperion
Category:  Literature/Fiction (Adult)
Received from:  Hyperion via

From New York Times bestselling author Sandra Lee comes her debut novel, a heartwarming story about food, family, and forgiveness.

Grace Holm-D'Angelo is at her wit's end, trying to create a new life from broken pieces. Newly divorced, she is navigating suddenly becoming a single mother to her fourteen-year-old daughter. Emma, resentful about being uprooted from Chicago to LA and still reeling from the divorce, is generally giving her mother a hard time.

Then Grace's best friend, Leeza, succumbs to breast cancer after a long battle, and Grace realizes that you don't get a second chance at life. She returns to her hometown of New London, Wisconsin, to try to reconcile with her own mother, Lorraine, with whom she's been estranged for longer than she cares to remember.

Over the course of the summer, Grace rediscovers the healing powers of cooking, coming to terms with your past, and friendship, and learns you can go home again, and sometimes that's exactly where you belong.

The Recipe Box celebrates mothers, daughters, and friendships, and also features Sandra's delicious original recipes.

This is the first novel from Sandra Lee.  Ms. Lee is already well-known from her Food Network show, Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee.  I love her show and the down-to-earth Ms. Lee. 

This novel is a wonderful, easy read for a weekend mental vacation.  This is a story of Claire, Ken, and Leeza – the Three Musketeers they had dubbed themselves in high school and they had remained the best of friends throughout their lives.  When Leeza dies from breast cancer, Claire and Ken are left to reevaluate their lives and the paths they want to follow.  

Having lost my own best friend to cancer, I found Claire and Ken to be very relatable to my own life.  The characters are well-developed and enjoyable.  As a bonus, there are recipes for the foods mentioned in the story.  I hope Ms. Lee continues to write; I would love to read more from her.

Editing:  Very well done.  I had only found one small error. 


originally posted 06.23.13 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books. 

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