Author: Liza Palmer
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup. Again. Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star. She can hope, maybe things will be different. Maybe her family’s reputation as those Wake women will have been forgotten. It’s been years since her mother-notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money-was killed. And her sister, who as a teenager was branded as a gold-digging harlot after having a baby with local golden boy Wes McKay, is now the mother of the captain of the high school football team. It can’t be that bad…
Who knew that people in small town Texas had such long memories? And of course Queenie wishes that her memory were a little spottier when feelings for her high school love, Everett Coburn, resurface. He broke her heart and made her leave town-can she risk her heart again?
At least she has a new job-sure it’s cooking last meals for death row inmates but at least they don’t complain!
But when secrets from the past emerge, will Queenie be able to stick by her family or will she leave home again? A fun-filled, touching story of food, football, and fooling around.
Ope’s Opinion: This is a cute, predictable story. I liked that Queenie tried all the different cities and jobs – she was independent and trying to make it on her own. Life brought her back home – not where she wanted to be, but she made the best of that too. I enjoyed Queenie and Merry Carol’s relationship. It is a good book, but not a stand out one.