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So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park
Genre: Romance | Pub: 8.3.2021
Book Jacket Synopsis:
When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting and then overhears why (“she’s already being overpaid anyway for a woman” and “Asians are worker bees, not someone who can drum up new deals”) she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out.
After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis – golden child Daniel Choi – at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all…while Jessie has nothing.
Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel Hanguk Hacks, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on….
Purchase link: Amazon
Book Format & Source: Signed paperback gifted via Author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Review & Thoughts:
- This book made my mouth water and literally laugh out loud! I would love to buy a set of the cookware, too bad it’s not a real product line! And the cookbook and sauces would be so delicious to try.
- I absolutely adored the mother-daughter dynamics in the kitchen and I loved the idea that feeding and cooking was her Umma’s love language. Her mom might not be the type to show physical care with hugs and praise but she shows she cares in the way she knows best, in the kitchen.
- Topics include: racism, sexism, and female/male dynamics of leadership in the workplace. Reorganization of a company and the poorly executed employment cuts based on hierarchy rather than skill and work ethic.
- This was the second book I read by Suzanne Park and I have to say she’s now officially on my list of go-to authors. Her writing style is quick and witty, with lots of mouth watering food and laugh out loud humor. A smidge of PG style romance and a good dose of strong female characters finding their way in the world all while navigating racism, sexism, and other important topics. Kick-ass characters and again, all of that yummy food.
- I’m definitely planning on going back to read her other books that I’ve missed and will promptly pre-order anything else she puts out into the world.
- Cheers to an awesome and incredibly sweet author on another fantastic book. This book is absolutely Arielle Approved!
Tears ran down my cheeks again as I flicked back to the mental image of Mom in front of that mirror. This show meant so much to her, and as much as it pained me to think about the potential downside of this decision, I resolved to keep the show going. Because love wasn’t shown only with the acts of cooking and feeding. Love was also about not giving up on the other person. I wasn’t going to give up on her, or on us. And when opportunities arose in which I could include my umma, I’d invite her along for the ride. This was how I would show her my love and gratitude. p 248
Recommend for: Must-read for fans of romance, romantic-comedy, and women’s fiction.
My Review Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Romance Steam Factor: PG but a super sexy crush-worthy heartthrob to drool over