Cooking Up Love
by Cynthia Hickey
Series: Finding Love the Harvey Girl Way #1
Publication Date July 1, 2013
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Kansas Reconstruction Era – US – 1865 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adult
TABITHA IS IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURE Tabitha McClelland knows accepting a job as a Harvey House waitress can be risky. Traveling alone to the rough-and-tumble West just isn't done by young ladies of good breeding. But far more dangerous is her powerful attraction to Adam Foster. Family means everything to the widowed chef, but the self-sufficient Tabitha cherishes her freedom above all else.
Adam is captivated by the fiercely independent Tabitha. Fraternizing with the female employees is strictly forbidden, but the Harvey Girl awakens feelings too compelling to ignore. Can Adam convince Tabby to share his dream of a future in California-together?
I just finished reading Cooking with Love, which is an interesting historical, Christian romance about a girl who was a Harvey Girl. I confess to not knowing much about the Harvey Girls other than what I learned in the Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls, which I recall being a good movie, incidentally.
The contrast between the Harvey House restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad line and others was very interesting to learn about. I was fascinated to learn about the opposition that there was about having women work outside the home in these restaurants. The author did a great job in conveying the popular opinion on the subject.
The romance in the book was good. I liked how protective Adam was. I saw why Tabby was hesitant to trust him given her past, though this may have come up a few times more than it really needed to.
Overall, it was a great read.
Here is the first line:
1876 St. Louis, Missouri Tabitha McClelland twisted her apron, the fabric so soiled she believed it could stand up on its own.
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