Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Lost Art Of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

4 Star

Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There’s Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al’s wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there’s Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn’t expect. . . .

Their lives collide and mix with those around them, sometimes joining in effortless connections, at other times sifting together and separating again, creating a family that is chosen, not given. 

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The Lost Art of Mixing started off very promising and the writing style of the author is very delightful. I absolutely adore the way she describes characters and events but I cannot say that I loved the book unfortunately despite wanting to very much.

Bauermeister took a great idea for a story and unfortunately didn't seem to have the proper direction to develop the story correctly. I have to also wonder about who edited this book. The story itself, with all of the characters and their intricacies, was a very interesting one to me, yet I found the way it was developed to be quite confusing most of the time as it jumped around from character to character and time frame constantly. It would take me a few moments to readjust to the new voice speaking and time they were speaking in which I felt took away from the overall magic of the story.

The premise of the story, the characters and the details are all rich and full so I would still recommend trying out The Lost Art of Mixing as I think this author is great. Perhaps the jumping around in the story just wasn't for me but it might not bother others.

Thank you to Penguin for our review copy! All opinions are our own. 

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