SPOONING DAISY by Maggie McConnell
Length: 316 Pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Kensington (Lyrical Shine)
It’s a long way from Seattle to Otter Bite, Alaska. But if one woman can survive the trip-and the locals-she just might find what her heart has been searching for. Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce is to die for. But right now, Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen-and without a fiancé. Unceremoniously dumped from her place of business and her relationship, Daisy sells her belongings, plus a few of her ex’s, and packs her bags. Maybe smashing all the china in her former restaurant was a bad move. Stripped of her Golden Spoon for “un-chef-like” conduct, she is now blacklisted all over Seattle. Her sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge…in Otter Bite, Alaska. Too bad Daisy can’t even get out of Dodge without incident. By the time she boards a ship for Alaska, she’s got a trail of new troubles behind her, and suddenly Otter Bite is sounding pretty good. But the vessel turns into her own personal Titanic when a series of close encounters confirms her terrible taste in men-including one very good looking bad luck charm named Max Kendall. She vows to dedicate the rest of her days to chowders and brulée. Yet even Alaska isn’t far enough away to shake the memories of the sexy shipmate who rocked her cabin-and her world. Thank goodness she’s done with surprises-but they may not be done with her…
This was my first book by author Maggie McConnell and I loved every minute of it. The characters were realistic and relatable; Daisy & her obsessive compulsive behaviors and controlling natures really resonated with me. I loved how the author delved into her thought processes making Daisy seem like someone I could be friends with. The chemistry she has with Max is off the charts but they clearly have a love-hate relationship. Max appears on the surface like a man who is set in his ways and only wants things to be his way, when in reality we discover that he is so much more than what meets the eye. There were multiple moments where I did not think they were going to end up being together because of one miscommunication or another – which helps make their characters believable and realistic.
The way the author wrote this story captivated me from page 1 and held my attention the entire time I was reading. It was one of those books that once I started I was so engrossed in Max & Daisy’s lives that I didn’t even realize I had been reading for a few hours. I would definitely describe this book as a RomCom because I laughed and I swooned. I loved how Daisy & Max grew together over the course of the book; I just enjoyed everything about this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.