When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

Title:  When In Doubt, Add Butter

Author:  Beth Harbison

Genre:  Chick Lit

Published:  July 2012 – St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:  (from the back of the ARC) Gemma Craig has spent her career as a private chef taking care of other people. From Lex, the fussy department store owner straight out of a movie from the thirties; to grossly overweight Willa who must radically change her eating habits or die; to the strange Oleksei family, with a constant parade of mysterious people coming and going; to the hideously demanding Angela who is “allergic to everything” and foists her tastes on her hapless family; to the man Gemma thinks of only as “Mr. Tuesday” because they’ve never met. Everyone relies on Gemma, even while she goes home alone each night and feasts on cereal and quick meals. But when life takes an unexpected turn on a road Gemma always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and learn to move on in ways she never imagined.

My take:  When In Doubt, Add Butter is a light and enjoyable novel – just what I wanted at this particular time. It reminded me of Hallmark channel chick lit movies.
I loved Gemma, the main character. She’s a personal chef whose clients are mostly oddballs. And then they start to get even stranger! There’s one, though, who leaves notes for Gemma – very witty notes to which she responds in kind. I loved that aspect.
The author ties things up quite neatly by the end – and I was glad she did. I would definitely read another Beth Harbison novel (this was my first). Recommended to fans of the author and Chick Lit. A perfect beach read!

Source:  The publisher via Goodreads First Reads

Disclosure:  See sidebar. I was not compensated for my review.

26 thoughts on “When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

  1. I love the cover and title of this one, and the odd cast of quirky characters sound right up my alley. This was a great review! I will have to see if I can grab this one. It sounds gentle and kind, which is what I need right now. Great review today!


  2. I’ll definitely check this out. Sounds like a good light read I could do on the beach. I also enjoy reading books that focus on some type of skill (knitting, cooking, baking, etc.). Thanks for sharing!


  3. I love chick lit and love this title!! Absolutely sounds like one I would enjoy!


  4. I’m with Staci – I love the title. Almost sounds like Paula Deen’s mantra. ha ha

    Glad you enjoyed it, Mary.


  5. Well, I;m not a regular watcher of the Hallmark channel, but have been known to watch a movie there when I need a shot of sappy sugar, so
    I’ll keep this one in mind for those times too 🙂


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