A Second Helping by Andria Gaskins
With honesty and humor, Andria Gaskins’ debut novel captures the joys and frustrations of getting older, starting over and falling in love for the second time. And as a bonus, the book concludes with tempting recipes that guide the love affair in this modern-day romance. Following the death of her best friend, Michelle Taylor changed…
With honesty and humor, Andria Gaskins’ debut novel captures the joys and frustrations of getting older, starting over and falling in love for the second time. And as a bonus, the book concludes with tempting recipes that guide the love affair in this modern-day romance.
Following the death of her best friend, Michelle Taylor changed her life. She returned to her maiden name, sold her specialty food store and moved back home with her two boys. Egged on by her sisters, she jumps back into dating, but after a few horrible lunch dates she immediately jumps back out. She decides to focus her energy on refurbishing an old farmhouse she purchased while going through a divorce. A chance encounter at a local barbecue restaurant lands her the perfect contractor. Not only is he qualified for the job, but he’s the first man in a long time to make her flustered and tingly. During the renovation, she struggles to keep their relationship strictly professional. Damien Anthony avoided getting involved with clients. Over the years he’d had his fair share of offers from women wanting him to lay more than hardwood floors. He refused to cross that line. He had enough issues with women in his personal life, he didn’t need to bring them on the job. But when she steps into his aunt’s restaurant he has to reconsider. All it took was a captivating smile and some blueberry muffins, and he was hooked. Now he has to figure out a way to maintain a working relationship with this beautiful new client and pursue her at the same time. Eventually, Michelle gives into their mutual attraction only to have Damien insult her. When her ex-husband moves to town he brings a truckload of regret, attitude and drama. All Michelle wants is to live her life in peace, but how is she supposed to do that when she’s stuck between the man she’s afraid to trust with her heart and the man who broke it?
“A Second Helping….Yes, please!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Melanie Banks
“A Second Helping” was an endearing easy read. So this is Andria Gaskins first novel and I say “Keep Writing Honey!” My go-to novels usually consists of action, mystery, suspense and maybe even a little bloodshed so I wasn’t expecting to have this novel read as quickly as I devour my typical favorite genre of literature. Well, surprise, surprise, the joke is on me! I started reading on a Monday and finished in the wee hours of Thursday morning because I couldn’t put it down. The characters are relatable and easy to love. Their backstories are meaty and meaningful and I love how the author injected a menu of delicious culinary teasers that made me want to get in my kitchen and re-create the meals the characters enjoyed…and with the help of the recipes in the back of the book I could! This novel was well written and kept my interest and offered several moments of “laugh out loud” humor. Can’t wait to see what Andria Gaskins has up her sleeve for her next novel.
About the Author
Andria Gaskins is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Life University School of Chiropractic. After a few years as a chiropractor, she decided to leave her practice to stay home full-time with her children. She has won several national cooking competitions, including Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Cooking Channel’s Perfect 3, Nordic Ware’s Bundts Across America, and the National Cornbread Cook-Off. She has also competed in the World Food Championship and Beringer’s Great Steak Challenge. Her recipes have been featured on Food Network and Cooking Channel, and in Taste of Home Magazine, Family Circle Hometown Cooking, and Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Andria lives in Matthews, North Carolina with her handsome and oh-so-patient husband and their two aspiring NBA All-Stars.