Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck

Dining with Joy
Book Description from Rachel Hauck. Advanced reader copy received from the author. All thoughts about this book come from my own head! 

Joy Ballard has a secret: she's a cooking show host who can't really cook.

When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard's world heats up like a low country boil.

Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he's paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.

Luke and Joy mix like oil and water...until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they'll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God's love and dine with joy?

My Thoughts:

Dining With Joy is the third in Rachel's Low Country series. The first two being, Sweet Caroline and Love Starts With Elle. First of all, I have to comment on the covers of all three of these books. They are very attractive and creative! I love them! I have older cover versions of the first two and may have to go get the newer versions just so I have all three matching books, :-) 

Ok, enough about the cover, you want to know about the insides! It's kinda like a Boston Creme Donut...yummy looking on the outside and totally delicious on the inside. 

The blurb "cooking show host who can't cook" should draw anybody to want to read this book. Who doesn't love a great dilemma like that?! Imagine if Rachel Ray didn't actually know how to cook but nobody knew her little secret??? Man, that would be intense and hilarious!

And then there is the dynamic relationship between Joy and Luke. It's kinda like watching a cat and mouse game. Except the cat and mouse have to try and work together because they are both stuck in the maze together.

And then as we all know, secrets always come out some way, some how. And Joy's secret is exposed! What will she do??? Does she throw in the towel? Pick up a copy of Dining With Joy and find out!!! Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance)

I will be giving a new, autographed copy of Dining With Joy to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on this post. Don't forget to leave an email addy so I can contact you if you win! The giveaway ends November 19. I would love to have this book mailed out to the winner just in time for Thanksgiving. What a great way to relax Thanksgiving weekend but to have a great book to read! And I assure you, this is a great book! 

Rachel just posted a video promo for her book on her facebook fan page. Check out Rachel's story behind her next best-selling book here!


  1. Oooh, oohh, me! Me! (Joy frantically waves her hand) I want to read this one sooo bad (and I didn't get in on any review copies).

    Thanks for the opportunity. :)

    Joy G Lee G @aol. com

  2. Hi Sheree! Thanks for your sweet comment. I use a Nikon D3000 with a 35mm lens. It's pretty basic for a dSLR, but I love it.

    Ooh, and sign me up for the book giveaway too! Hope I'm the lucky winner! :)

  3. I heard about this a week ago and I'm curious about it! It sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I came here from Carmen's site, and would love to be included in the giveaway. I enjoy Rachel Hauck's books. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

  5. Please count me in this sounds like a wonderful book.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  6. What a great Thanksgiving present that copy would be! Thanks so much for posting your review and sharing a copy with us. I love the cover as well!

    Oh yeah, and my email is in my profile :)

  7. Beautiful cover and the book sounds great too!

  8. I like how you said, "It's kinda like a Boston Creme Donut...yummy looking on the outside and totally delicious on the inside."

    I can't wait to read this! I love all of Rachel's books!

  9. Please enter me in the drawing!
    Thank you,

  10. This sounds like such a fun book to read. I know I would enjoy it. Count me in! Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I love the premise of this book! Please enter me to win. :)

    showcasesisters at gmail dot com

  12. Oh, this sounds like another excellent book of hers. thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. Carman sent me! Thanks for entering me!

    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  14. this looks a like a fun read

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  15. Please enter me into the drawing.

    Thank you,

  16. Thanks, love cookbook giveaways!
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

  17. I've not yet read any of Rachel's books, but "Dining with Joy" sounds like a book I'd like. Please enter me in the book drawing.
    Thanks. Carman sent me.


    I'm dying to read this book!!
    It looks and sounds soooo good!
    I love Rachel's books, She is such a great writer!
    Please enter me!
    Carman sent me.

  19. I'd love a chance at winning this book!


    Katie M

  20. would love to read this fabulous novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

    ps...i read and enjoyed the first two books in this wonderful series :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  21. To be honest, at first the cover drew me... but then I read the description and was hooked! Thank you for offering the book as a giveaway!
    apeygirl at gmail dot com

  22. I haven't read one of Rachel's books yet, so I would love to begin with an autographed copy:)
    Thanks for the chance!

  23. I would la la love to win!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  24. I'm very new to the whole Christian book giveaway thing. I enjoyed the review and would love to read it. Please sign me up:

  25. This sounds neat...A cooking show with a Host who can't cook!!


  26. Thanks for stopping by everyone, and to Sheree for running this give away. I appreciate you all and hope the book meets your expectations!


  27. I haven't read any of Rachel's books, but this looks like a great one! thanks for the chance to win it!


  28. Wow, I LOVE the cover of this book! Please enter me!


  29. I found your blog because Carman sent me, and I became a GFC follower because I'd like to come back and visit again! . . . Oh, and please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks for your generous offer! reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    (I'm reading and enjoying Rachel's book The Sweet By and By right now for an online Christian fiction book club. I linked to my post explaining the book club in case you weren't aware of it and would like to join us.)

  30. Carmen sent me. This sounds like my kind of book! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. Please enter me. Many thanks for offering the contest. I also linked to it via my weekly contest page:

    keiki [dot] hendrix [@] gmail [dot] com

  32. I love to cook . . . and to read! Sounds like a great way to spend the upcoming holiday weekend, esp. as we travel 12 hrs to be with family. Thanks for entering me at crwg86(at)

  33. Would love to win this book! I recognize the series, but havne't read any of the books yet. Dining with Joy sounds like lots of fun :-) My email addy is drgnfly1010[at]yahoo[dot]com

  34. Wow! I love the cover and the premise! I would love a chance to read this one!


  35. I'd love to win! Carman sent me!


  36. First I want to say I love the cover of Dining with Joy, it's awesome very inviting.
    I would love to win. The book sounds like a really fun read.

    I appreciate the contest.
    Glenda Alexander

  37. I can't wait to read this book.
    Thanks for offering it.

  38. i am getting so excited about giving this book away to one of you all! i wish i could give a copy to each and every one of you! i promise you will not be disappointed when reading a Rachel Hauck book!!!

    if you scroll up further and look for another comment from me, you will see that Rachel herself stopped by and left you a comment under my screenname. I happened to have it open when she stopped by and she wanted to say HI!

    just a few more days and i will announce the WINNER!!! YEAH!!!

  39. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  40. What a great plot for a "foodie" novel! I want to win!


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