Becoming the Talbot Sisters
By Rachel Linden
Celebrity chef Waverly Talbot has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worker in Budapest, Hungary.
When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, a dramatic turn in their journey forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.
(From the back cover)
About the Author
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and she studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy. (p355)
My favorite part of this story was the characters’ jobs. I love cooking so the food network aspect was intriguing to me. I also have been on a missions trip to Romania so the Eastern European, former Communist country setting was also incredibly appealing to me. I loved the details about the countries they were visiting in the story. These two things are what kept me reading. I found the story overall quite interesting and generally a quick read. Were it not for the food/Eastern European connection I have a feeling I would have had more trouble getting into the story and staying interested for the long haul. There were several twists that I didn’t expect which was nice. I hate it when a book is predictable. Some things that I would have thought would be good to expound upon weren’t while other less important details were focused on. This and some of it being a little less than realistic is what put the book at 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, good read. I’m glad I spent the time to read it.
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