Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A very definite love story, this is the story of chef and caterer, Gideon Marks, owner of Garden of Eatin’. Gideon lands the job he’s been looking forward to when he secures the catering of the function sponsored by the synagogue where he grew up. He’s been away ten years and is back to prove he’s much more than anyone ever gave him credit for.
Growing up poor and being called stupid by teachers and classmates did nothing to help his self-esteem, but now that he’s a business owner with his best friend, Rico, and has secured this job, he’ll prove he’s more than anyone ever thought. The thing he doesn’t realize is that the dyslexia that earned him the “stupid” label as a kid is something that can be treated now and his hurt and resentment, in large part, was more about what he thought people thought of him than what they actually did think.
Case in point, Rabbi Jonah Fine, former classmate and gorgeous man who now seems to be pursuing Gideon for more than just his food. Apparently Jonah harbored a secret crush on Gideon and never acted on it since he wasn’t out in high school. But he pursues him strongly now, and together with Jonah, Gideon learns how to love—not just Jonah, but himself, with a dawning self-esteem and a pursuit of therapy for his learning disorder and with communication with his father who had abandoned him in childhood and has come back now to beg forgiveness. Gideon is the only one on the receiving end of help though. Not even realizing it, he helps Jonah overcome his own personal hurdles as his father retires and he takes over the role of rabbi at their synagogue.
A very well narrated audiobook, Derrick McClain brings these characters to life with fantastic vocalizations and a well-paced narrative. The story is sweet and sexy and just what I needed to bring a smile to my face on a gloomy day.
Cover art by Reese Dante. The attractive cover features a very handsome man, no doubt representing Gideon.
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Published July 14th 2017 by Felice Stevens (first published April 30th 2016)
Edition Language English