Monday, 28 September 2009

A Taste of Fame by Linda Evans Shepherd & Eva Marie Everson ~ Tracy's Take

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Is America ready to meet the Potluck Catering Club on reality TV?

The women of the Potluck Catering Club have a growing business. They even became the subject of a budding filmmaker's class project. Problem is, they didn't read the fine print when they signed off on his documentary. When he enters the club in the reality show The Great Party Showdown, the ladies of Summit View, Colorado, must head to the Big Apple for the unexpected adventure of their lives.

Between navigating New York City, dealing with cutthroat contestants, and trying to maintain their close friendship in the surreal world of reality TV, the Potluck women must keep their eyes on the prize--a cool million dollars--and work together if they're going to make it back home in one piece.

A Taste of Fame serves up the perfect blend of humor, misadventure, and mouthwatering recipes. Fans new and old will love this exciting trip into the wild world of competitive cooking!

What I thought:

‘A Taste of Fame’ is filled to the brim with characters that appeal despite their flaws and the hilarious calamity the meets them at every turn. The authors have deftly infused the make-believe world of ‘reality’ television with women who seek to achieve their best despite personal adversity and lack of entertainment industry savvy.

‘A Taste of Fame’ is written in the first person, which each chapter from a different character in the Potluck Club. In the past I have found this format a little challenging to begin with, however, the deeper insight to the personality of each character soon overrode any of those feelings as I eagerly embraced each woman in a different way, just as each brings something different to their Potluck Club. For me, the most inspiring was Evie. It is Evie who reminds the group to get back to their roots and walk forward in prayer, rather than rushing ahead like fools.

One of the things the cook within me loved was the inclusion of recipes from the pages of the story. What a stroke of genius from these gifted authors, to indulge not only the imagination, but the taste buds as well. There is no need to merely dream now, you can jump in and taste along with the rest of the Potluck Club!

Despite the levity that permeates this novel, there remains a depth that comes from the real storms of life. As these women meet the difficulties in their lives head on, they prove the faithfulness of a God who loves harmony. They inspire the reader to value the things that are really important and to work hard to maintain strong relationships with the people we love most dearly.

Available September 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Guest reviewer:~ My friend Tracy from Beyond My Picket Fence

Relz Reviewz Extras

Visit the websites of Linda & Eva

Buy the books at Amazon or Koorong

Drop back tomorrow for Tracy's delectable review of The Potluck Club Cookbook ~ yum!


Deena said...

Great review! Made me want to stay away from reality tv:-)

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