From Scratch

From Scratch Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins A down home feel good debut Southern romance From Scratch explores one woman s journey back home to Dallas Texas where her family is cooking up a plan that does

  • Title: From Scratch
  • Author: Rachel Goodman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins.A down home, feel good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn t quite suit her tastes Thirty year old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the familPerfect for fans of Kristan Higgins.A down home, feel good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn t quite suit her tastes Thirty year old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago Now a successful strategy consultant and newly engaged to a man who complements her like biscuits and gravy, she has everything she wants.When an urgent phone call about her father s health pulls Lillie back to Dallas, she soon learns it was a ruse to bring her home so she can run the diner she d rather avoid and compete in the Upper Crust, an annual baking competition, with no option to withdraw Lillie is furious and ready to run back to Chicago, but her father s haggard appearance makes her wonder if he s hiding something Things go from bad to worse when Nick, her handsome ex and the only man she ever truly loved, reappears, looking as scrumptious as ever.Lillie s trip home forces her to question the path she s chosen, find her place in the family she abandoned, and wonder if the life she left behind is what she wants after all.

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    • So, I Read This Book Today says:

      NO STARS!For me, I always wonder what’s worse: an emotional betrayal or a physical betrayal? That’s a really tough call. – Hilarie BurtonTragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That’s really where failure comes. – Tom CochraneIt’s particularly hard to take being stabbed in the back close to home. There’s always a feeling of betrayal when people of your own group oppose you. – Catharine MacKinnonI h [...]

    • Michelle says:

      ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review[image error]From Scratch by Rachel Goodman epitomized your feel good country read. In this charming debut book, Ms. Goodman truly captured the essence of second chances in life and love. I have always been a fan of books that are able to weave raw emotions that are tangible and relatable to their readers. And in From Scratch, Ms. Goodman really has showcased that just like in life and cooking, you always start from scratch. From Scratch [...]

    • caren says:

      Rachel Goodman's debut novel, From Scratch, is as good ashonestly I've been trying to think of a clever food pun to go here, but I'm not as good at them as she is. It's sweet, and a little sour. It's heartfelt and real. Once I got into it, I could not put it down. Lovers reuniting is one of my favorite things to read, and Lillie and Nick's story was so good, I wanted to dive into the pages, visit Dallas and make friends with them and all the people surrounding them. Because it wasn't just the lo [...]

    • Wendy'sThoughts says:

      3.5 Foodie Love, Southern Charm, Bless Your Heart Stars * * * 1/2A book for those who love reading about down home food with special touches, family ties and figuring out who you really ared who you actually love.More review to come

    • Yodamom says:

      A Down Home Southern Second Chance at Love Romantic Tale with all the Fixin’sLillie lived in a small community in the Dallas area. She was raised in a dinner her father owned and loved cooking and developing recipes. She had loved the boy next door almost all her life, and he loved her till something tore them apart. She left her friends, her family, her roots and headed to Chicago where she suffered alone and slowly grabbed at pieces of happiness. She moved on, found a place of comfort. One d [...]

    • Kendel Lynn says:

      I was lucky enough to read an advance copy and I loved it! Charming and funny and warm from the first page to the last.

    • Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog) says:

      Click on the banner to read my review on my website.When I read the premise of this book, I couldn't wait to dive in because it sounded like a cute, fun read with a delicious second chance romance. While this book was light and cute, I struggled with it at times due the caricature-like characters and the dramatics.Lillie left Dallas five years ago, leaving behind her father and his diner, her best friends, and her fiancé. Now, she's back after her father calls her with a medical emergency. Upo [...]

    • Amanda Alvarez says:

      Rachel has a fabulous, fresh voice--just different enough to be instantly engaging and yet totally familiar. From Scratch has a great cast of characters and is filled with the warmth of home and the humor only friends and family can provide. I can't wait to see this book come to life with a cover.

    • Erin says:

      One of those feel-good books you start reading and can't put down. I just want to read it over and over again.

    • Christina says:

      My original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.**Disclaimer:** An e-ARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley invite in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! Are you a fool for second chance romances? Do you like your setting with a dash of Southern charm and your drama layer [...]

    • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review says:

      Jaime's ReviewSometimes a book just reaches out and grabs your heart and tugs at it until you've done nothing but feel all the feels and then you're left with this stretched out heart that aches. Normally it's easy to explain why a book stirred up so many emotions inside yourself, but sometimes you're just blindsided and left wondering, "What the f*** just happened?"This is that book.I hated Lillie's dad and all the people in her town for outright lying to her about what was going on in the name [...]

    • Stacee says:

      As soon as I read the synopsis, I was dying to read this book. I love the creativity of baking and add in the promise of a southern boy and I'm sold. I really liked Lillie. She's smart and hard working and stubborn. Above all of that, she's a genuinely good person. I really enjoyed seeing her figure things out and find where she belonged. There are some great secondary characters who were a lot of fun hello, Wes and I would have liked a bit more from them. It became quite apparent that there w [...]

    • Blushing Reader says:

      This was s really good story! While there were parts I wanted to delve deeper into, the characters and writing style really moved this story along. This was easy to read and easy to love. This new to me Author will be added to my list for sure! A great book about second chances, regrets and finding out who you are really meant to be.

    • Christi Snow says:

      My Review:New author. New book. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but wow this book shocked me with just how much I really, really enjoyed it. This is a story about a second chance at love (I do really enjoy those.) In this one, something happened between Nick and Lillie five years ago that made her leave everything behind in Dallas and flee to Chicago. Now she's been forced back to Dallas by her father. He's pretty much tricked her to get her there. Throughout a lot of the book, it's obvious [...]

    • Sherry says:

      From Scratch, by Rachel Goodman, was adorable goodness, exactly what I was in need of after reading a few heavier stories. We meet Lillie Turner, lured home from Chicago to Dallas under the guise of her father’s upcoming knee surgery. He wants her to take over his diner while he’s healing and compete in a local charitable baking competition using her mother’s peach cobbler recipe. Lillie wants no part of this. The diner holds too many memories of her first love Nick and her mother’s aban [...]

    • Fabi says:

      I started reading this book with no expectations, only curiosity. By the end of the first chapter I was picking my jaw up off the floor.I started looking around me as I read because the characters are so real and the setting so precise that I thought I was reading about my friends, my neighbours, my coworkers. This book exactly captures southern living in the big city. It's what we have here. Big hospitals mixed in with quaint diners. Rich people rubbing elbows with small business owners. And, a [...]

    • Danielle says:

      I love when first loves get a second chance with one another. It goes to show that even though everyone goes through tough times sometimes people deserve second chances to make it right. When I started reading I was completely invested in this storyline and what the characters were bringing to it. At first I thought maybe Lillie thought she was too good to be in her hometown but the more time she spent there the more she started figuring out that the things that happened weren't just about her. [...]

    • BookHookup says:

      The original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.Christina's Review:**Disclaimer:** An e-ARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley invite in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! Are you a fool for second chance romances? Do you like your setting with a dash of Southern charm [...]

    • Jenn says:

      "Bacon has always been my kryptonite. I've never been able to resist the mesmerizing sound of it sizzling in the skillet, the way its intoxicating down-home aroma wafts through the air, how the succulent flavors of juicy fat and crispy meat explode on the tongue."If that's not the sexiest thing you've ever read, we probably won't ever be close friends. I laughed, I cried, I highlighted (a lot). I've never been one for romance novels, but this charming story broke right through my cold, dead hear [...]

    • Sandy S says:

      3.5 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 20, 2015A down-home, feel-good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman’s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn’t quite suit her tastes…Thirty-year-old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner. Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago. Now a successfu [...]

    • Kathy says:

      4.5 stars.Full of southern charm (and cooking), From Scratch is a saucy, funny and charming second chance at love romance. This debut novel by Rachel Goodman is a fast-paced love story with an absolutely phenomenal cast of well developed characters and an engaging storyline that is sure to delight fans of contemporary romances.Five years earlier after her relationship imploded, Lillie Turner moved from Dallas to Chicago where she reinvented herself. With her coveted promotion at work finally wit [...]

    • Obsessive Book Nerd Lauren says:

      I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To read more reviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd!At first, From Scratch feels like your typical second chance at love story. I wasn't sure I was going to love From Scratch, but I quickly found myself hooked and didn't want to stop reading.As the reader, you don't know the whole story as to why Lillie left home, and I enjoyed finding out in time. Her father was keeping a secret from her, and I felt so bad for Lilli [...]

    • ChrisCarroll says:

      I love when an author can bring you through a lot of emotions with their writing. I always get agitated when I read about manipulating a person even if it is "for their own good" and that is just how this book kicks off. So needless to say I was reading fast to get through into the rest of the story.I really enjoyed the authors writing and once I moved through the storyline, I understood parts of the manipulation but I also ended up feeling bad for the main characters too. They went through a lo [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      Rachel Goodman’s FROM SCRATCH: Blue Plate Specialfangswandsandfairydust/201This is a cute book where a dad sort of tricks his daughter into coming back to her hometown from Chicago and taking over the funky family restaurant. She left after a long-term relationship, but I didn’t really understand why she left and never went home. The whole town is colluding with her father to get her to stay and take over the diner. Now, she has a job in Chicago that she has worked hard to get and a fiance w [...]

    • H.L. Nighbor says:

      From Scratch by Rachel Goodman was a fantastic read. This appears to be a debut book from this author and is currently available for pre-order on . I will definitely be looking out for new books by Rachel.What do you get when you take a meddling father, a daughter who is running from her past and mix in an ex-fiancé who isn’t what he seems….you get From Scratch. This book had a great balance of humor, angst and romance. I was hooked from page one and had a hard time putting it down.This boo [...]

    • Alex Better Together says:

      As sweet as a homemade peach cobbler! I really enjoyed this book - romantic fiction isn't normally what I would choose to read but something about the blurb hooked me in and I'm glad I followed my instinct and read it as I really enjoyed Rachel Goodman's debut novel. The storyline felt heartfelt and ‘real’ – Lillie and the other characters were interesting and it was good to see them and their relationships develop. I liked the fact that the story was more about relationships, growth and l [...]

    • Danica Page (One Page at a Time) says:

      My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.Why did I decide to turn the pages? It was on Netgalley and it looked intriguing.My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, but I thought I'd give it a try. I ended up really liking it. The writing was beautifully writte [...]

    • Jenn Ballmann says:

      I was sent a copy of the book for review through Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.I’ve been looking for a quick summer read, having to do loosely with food and family. This book delivered exactly what I was looking for, but the every knows what is best for you theme that ran through the book hit a little too close to home for me. I liked Lille, she’s smart and strong, but once she returns home to take care of her father I feel like the story becomes predictable, full of deceit [...]

    • Sarah says:

      This is a fun and easy read. Lillie and Nick have not seen each other in 5 years after a really bad ending. So there is an element of betrayal and angst, but it does not overshadow the sweetness of this book. It's a wonderful tale of self discovery and finding what you really want in life. I enjoyed the character interactions and storyline so much. It's a feel good story that will keep you interested and engaged. See more reviews at Hamsterwheel Junction Book Reviews

    • Michelle says:

      Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I appreciate books that are thoroughly Southern and the feel of this one was spot on. I identified with Lillie's realizations about the choices she'd made and how sometimes the safe/comfortable choice isn't necessarily the choice that's right for you. Looking forward to reading the next book.

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