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BLOG TOUR --- Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Love à la Mode
Authors(s): Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 304 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - iBooks - The Book Depository Audible

Tour Schedule

Week One:
11/26/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview
11/27/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Excerpt
11/28/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/29/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
11/30/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

Week Two:
12/3/2018- Novel NoviceReview
12/4/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
12/5/2018- The Hermit LibrarianReview
12/6/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
12/7/2018- YA Book NerdReview

Week Three:
12/10/2018- Eli to the nthReview
12/11/2018- BookHounds YAReview
12/12/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
12/13/2018- Clarissa Reads It AllReview
12/14/2018- Kait Plus Books- Review

Week Four:
12/17/2018- Book Dragon LairReview
12/18/2018- EatingbetweenthelinesINCReview
12/19/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
12/20/2018- Lifestyle of MeReview
12/21/2018- The Heart of a Book BloggerReview

The Summary

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir...

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.

Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.

Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.

Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.


As sweet as dessert, Love à la Mode is the perfectly delicious rom-com that fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson will devour!

I am a sucker for A) meet-cutes, B) boarding schools, and C) food!  Guess what has all of these elements?!  Henry and Rosie are adorbs, and are such a sweet couple to fall in love with.  I really enjoyed the characterization of the main characters.  I felt like their responses were real, which is such an important aspect of contemporaries.  If I don't think the teens are reacting realistically, I tend to be turned off.  But Stephanie Strohm nails the voices of these two.  

I especially adore Henry; from a Korean-American household, you see those expectations that are often stereotyped: his parents want success for him.  But the interesting part, is that his parents don't necessarily agree on what that success looks like.  While his father is a chef, and supports his dream to become one as well, his mother is pretty vocally against it.  That pressure from his mother plays a toll in his relationship with Rosie, but don't worry about the angst: it all ends in fluff.

The group of teens at Ecole Denis Laurent are great, and real friends to Rosie and Henry.  I am not just a sucker for a good romance, but a good friend story, as well.  Friendship is sometimes more important than romance; who better to help you get over a guy or get with a guy, then your best friends?  And with this group, while they all come from different backgrounds, that just makes them come together even stronger.

Finally, the foooooooooood!  The food descriptions are out of this world. They make me wish for some sort of "Wonka-Vision", where I can just reach into the book pages and snap up whatever mouthwatering concoction being featured.  Definitely don't read this book hungry!

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm is the perfect amuse-bouche: you will eat it up in one sitting!  Out in stores now, this would be a lovely addition to someone's presents this holiday season!

Final Rating

About the Author

Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink; Confederates Don't Wear Couture, The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise. 

She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.

Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn't discriminate against any type of pizza. When she's not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. 


3 Winners will receive a finished copy of Love à la Mode, US Only.



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