"A whimsical romantic romp"
One year ago Grandam Ida's son died leaving Manhattan
landmark Bloom's Deli in trouble. With the business in
trouble, the family matriarch decides that a new Bloom
needs to run the deli. She surprises the entire family by
selecting her granddaughter, divorce attorney Julia.
Shocked at first, Julia wants to refuse and remain in her
safe world, but her sister Susie persuades her to at least
Instead of support from her so-called loved ones, Julia
faces sabotage and scorn. Her uncle tries to undermine her
and her mother believes that Julia is an interim until she
takes over. Then there are the unaccounted for bagels that
someone seems to abscond with each week. Worse is Ron
Joffe, assigned by Gotham magazine to learn if rumors of
Bloom's financial troubles are true, because of her
attraction to him. Finally, the most absolute catastrophe
of all is dealing with her iron maiden grandma. As Julia
works on overcoming the plots to destroy her, she falls in
love with the nosy journalist.
This lighthearted romp is a fun to read tale that pays
homage to all those Manhattan romantic comedies such as
Crossing Delancy. References to the city add to the tour
as the Big Apple comes across as a character more than just
a locale. The female lead protagonist is an engaging
individual struggling with a family that has their own
personal interests and agendas above everyone else
including the deli that has made and kept the Blooms
wealthy. Judith Arnold furnishes a warm amusing excursion
of the New York archipelago.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002
Welcome to Bloom's, where food is love and everybody loves
The Blooms have run the family deli for generations, and
Grandma Ida isn't about to let a culinary mishap change
that. So when her son, the president, meets an untimely
demise, the iron-willed matriarch appoints her
granddaughter Julia to the top seat. Nobody is more
surprised than Julia. But no one says no to Ida. And once
Julia's inside the inner sanctum of Bloom's, family
rivalries, outrageous discoveries and piles of delicious
food begin to have their way with her.
Will Julia's mother find out why her husband cared more
about the business than about her? Is Uncle Jay, who
married "The Bimbette," stealing brunch for a hundred every
week? Will sister Susie, the bohemian poet and undiscovered
artist, find true love with the gorgeous blond bagel maker?
Is the strudel weakening Julia's resistance to sexy
journalist Ron Joffe -- a man she suspects is after some of
Bloom's deeper secrets? And will Julia discover happiness
reconnecting with a forgotten passion, the blessings of
family . . . and good food?