Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, is postcard-pretty, but for chef Jessica Keaton
it’s also a last resort. Fired from her dream job, Jess is starting
over as a live-in cook and housekeeper. When she arrives, she finds her
new employer is in rehab after having a stroke, and Jess expects she’ll
be all alone in Elaine Haviland’s quaint house. A chef with no one to
But instead, she encounters a constant stream of colorful visitors who draw her back into the world. As Jess contends with local teenagers, a group of scrappy women and a charming football coach, Elaine faces some battles of her own that extend past her physical challenges. For both of them, all the ingredients for a fulfilling life are within reach, if they’re willing to take a leap. And maybe Jess will start to see that it’s not just what’s on the table that matters—it’s the people gathered round it.
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