Meredith Guidry, the main character in Kaye Dacus’ novel Menu for Romance, has been in love for eight years. Dacus explores Meredith’s longing to be married, after she has had little luck in love for the first thirty-four years of her life.
When Meredith decides that she has waited long enough for Major O’Hara to return her feelings, she goes on a few casual dates with another man, not knowing that Major does love her. He has been hesitant to pursue a relationship with Meredith because he is afraid to tell her about his schizophrenic mother.
Although Meredith’s situation is one that many single women can relate to, Dacus misses the opportunity to teach through Meredith’s circumstances. Rather than waiting on God’s timing and seeking her fulfillment in Christ alone, Meredith attempts to “awaken love before its time” (Song of Songs 8:4) by trying to feel a romantic attraction for the man who is pursuing her.
Imaginative descriptions and witty dialogue fill this novel. The characters are believable and likable. The experiences seem authentic, from meetings with Meredith’s family and best friends to her attempts at romantic relationships.
This book is well-written and, though predictable at times, is enjoyable within its genre. Young women in a similar stage of life would likely empathize with the situations in which Meredith finds herself. – Alyssa Ruthanna Guebert, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Cater to your craving for fabulous fictional fare with Menu for Romance, where a party planner finds herself torn between the contractor and the cook. After eight years of unrequited love, Meredith Guidry makes a New Year's resolution to find someone new and end her single status before the year's over. And when she meets a handsome contractor on New Year's Day, it seems like her prayers have been answered. Executive Chef Major O'Hara has forsworn relationships, knowing he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his. But when it seems he's about to lose Meredith Guidry to another man, he realizes he must concoct a menu for romance to win her back.