Love on the Back Burner

Love on the Back Burner

A Tasty Romantic Comedy

Fiction - Chick Lit
354 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2013
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Author Biography

Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and grew up in North Central West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family's native tongue as well as took advantage of living near to other European countries to travel extensively. A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, in suburban Denver where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother's treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel. She volunteers extensively for her parish and writes for its publications. She also teaches part-time for the St. Catherine of Siena Institute.

Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

This book, according to its subtitle, is a tasty romantic comedy, and it's exactly that. And also brilliant. Lively and likable Alexandria D'Agostino, the youngest child in a close, hectic Italian-American family, is a fabulous cook as well as a hard working marketer. However, her love life leaves a lot to be desired so she tries the old fashioned approach of winning a man's heart through his stomach. If she puts her wonderful cooking into a guy, surely he'll give her his heart in return. She tries cooking her dates' favorite foods. But there's another saying - too many cooks spoil the broth - and Alexandria gets rather too much advice from well meaning friends and family. Will she find ever the recipe for love?

Love on a Back Burner has all the ingredients for the perfect romcom. It's peopled by fascinating characters who spring from the page with their energy. There are interesting settings that are clearly depicted for us. There's lots of fun, dollops of anguish, and a well thought out and executed plot. Being a romcom, we know our heroine will probably eventually find happiness but we still get swept up by the frustrations and setbacks that life throws at her. You have to give it to Alex - her family would drive lesser people insane! She has big decisions to make but remains strong and in control, and never loses her sense of humor. The book ends with a generous and delicious collection of recipes of dishes mentioned in the story. And, so you know, the butterscotch pie is to die for. Just like you won't put this book down till you've finished it, you won't be able to stop eating that pie until it's all gone!