NUTS by Alice Clayton — AMY’S REVIEW

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I read this book because Alice Clayton has a unique way of telling serious and emotional stories with a healthy dose of humor


4 stars


Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

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One of the things I love most about Alice Clayton books is the complexity of her characters.  They are deep, insightful, and full of emotion.  Then she adds in her wicked sense of humor and you find yourself reading an emotion filled book but laughing your ass off at the same time.  She gives her books the perfect mix so you get exactly what you want and need from it each time.

When we first meet Roxie she is emotionally closed off and very alone.  Besides food she doesn’t have really any passion or other interests in her life.  Watching her blossom and grow after she returns to her home town and really starts living was amazing.  As her personal life grows and friends are made we get to see who the real Roxie is and she’s pretty fantastic.

Leo was a bit of a mystery.  His past dictated who he was now and as some of his secrets come out it made me wonder who he really was.  He was a complex character without really trying to be.  His vast knowledge off all things agriculture made how to grow corn sexy and gave me a new fondness for walnut trees.

Polly, Chad, and Logan really rounded out the group.  Adding extra life and excitement into the book.  They were all well written and interesting characters.  Leaving me wishing for a Chad and Logan book in the future.  The character who stirred up the most trouble whether she meant to or not was Roxie’s mom.  A free spirited hippie to the core her actions kept everyone on their toes.  Her relationship with her daughter really changed and grew throughout the story and it was beautiful to watch.

Nuts had every element I’m looking for in a good book.  A sassy heroine, sex hero, kooky and endearing side kicks, and laugh out loud moments.  I have to say I agree with Roxie…bees are assholes!

I read this book because Alice Clayton has a unique way of telling serious and emotional stories with a healthy dose of humor.  I always walk away from her books with a smile on my face and an eagerness for more from her.

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