Luscious Lemon by Heather Swain is truly chick lit at its best. I found it be powerfully touching, exquisitely detailed and highly readable.
Lemon, the main heroine of the book, is strong, hard-working and an excellent cook. As a matter of fact, she owns her own restaurant in NYC and is trying (so far unsuccessfully) to turn the place into something profitable. Her devoted boyfriend is dropping marriage hints, but she just doesn’t have time or desire to settle down until she has made her restaurant into something spectactular. However, it soon becomes apparent that she is pregnant, but she is so busy that she doesn’t realize it right away.
When it finally dawns on her that maybe all the symptoms are pointing to pregnancy, Lemon has mixed emotions. On one hand, her wonderful boyfriend says he plans to be there every step of the way, which is reassuring. On the other hand, she is conflicted, because the timing just stinks. However, after some heartfelt talks with her boyfriend and getting an ultrasound, she becomes fiercely attached to the little creature growing within her.
Things are hectic, but going along okay, when tragedy strikes. Lemon loses someone very close to her, and things begin spiraling out of control. She is forced to deal with her emotions and overcome her grief, sense of loss and feelings of abandonment.
I don’t want to give away any more details about the plot, so I’ll leave the reader to find out the rest! One of the best things about Luscious Lemon is that it enticingly goes from one scene to another flawlessly. The story starts off with a daring food and love scene, then plunges into the details of Lemon’s life. The author provides a detailed background on all of the main characters in the story as well as plenty of delicious descriptions of food. As with Heather Swain’s previous book Eliot’s Banana, there is a small supernatural side-story. All of these details combine to make Luscious Lemon into a wonderful, vivid and detailed story.
Heather Swain does an amazing job in capturing the true feelings of abandonment and pain that one often experiences when they lose someone close to them. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
reviewed by Rian