Hi Everyone! It’s Becky again. I was excited when I found the audiobook of All Stirred Up by Brianne Moore on NetGalley. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t all I hoped it would be.
Title: All Stirred Up
Author: Brianne Moore
Note: I received an eARC of this audiobook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: The Napier family once owned a restaurant empire, but after much mismanagement, the Napier empire is down to just one location. Susan Napier, the family’s oldest daughter, will return to Edinburgh to try to save the company’s original location. Once she back in the city where her grandfather started his company, she is reacquainted with Chris, a man who started as a dishwasher in her grandfather’s kitchen but is now a celebrity chef. Can Susan save her family’s company and her love life?
Review: I am a sucker for modern-day Jane Austen retelling, but this new version of Persuasion, didn’t work for me. I never really got to the point of caring about Susan or Chris. Their relationship felt flat, and their drama was a little too much for a realistic fiction book. Chris’s big secret that is revealed at the end of the book felt unnecessary and went against the rest of the character’s development. The setting was fine, and I enjoyed the small aspects of Scotland the author included, but I never felt like I was there. Plus, for a book that is supposed to be a romance, Susan and Chris interact very little, and I never found myself invested in their relationship. I received this book as an audiobook from NetGalley, and the reader was probably the best part and saved the book as much as she could. Some fans of Austen may love this novel, but for me, it was just kind of okay.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5