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( Download Kindle ) ⚝ Aftertaste î Mira Rinaldi lives life at a rolling boil Co owner of Grappa, a chic New York City trattoria, she has an enviable apartment, a brand new baby, and a frenzied schedule befitting her success Everything changes the night she catches her husband, Jake, wielding his whisk with Grappa s new Maitress d Mira s fiery response earns her a court ordered stint in anger management and the beginning of legal and personal predicaments as she battles to save her restaurant and pick up the pieces of her life Mira falls back on family and friends in Pittsburgh as she struggles to find a recipe for happiness But the heat is really on when some surprising developments in New York present her with a high stakes opportunity to win back what she thought she had lost forever For Mira, cooking isn t just about delicious flavors and textures, but about the pleasure found in filling others needs And the time has come to decide where her own fulfillment lieseven if the answers are unexpected Keenly observed and deeply satisfying, Aftertaste is a novel about rebuilding and rediscovery, about food passionately prepared and unapologetically savored, and about the singular contentment that comes with livingand lovingwith gusto A delicious debut Jamie Cat Callan, author of French Women Don t Sleep Alone Meredith Mileti lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their three, mostly grown children She is a graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology, and subsequently served on the faculty Since taking her first home economics course in junior high, Meredith has loved to cook An adventurous and eclectic diner, she appreciates any well cooked meal, whether from a lobster shack in Bar Harbor, Maine, a friggitorie in Naples, a Michelin starred restaurant in Paris or a Deluxe Double Egg Cheese at Primanti s in Pittsburgh Aftertaste is her first novel Great summer read, especially if you re from the burgh. Honestly, My soul wasn t into Aftertaste I chose this during a thirty day trial period, from Kindle unlimited picks I take full responsibility for my lackadaisical aloofness It took me forever to read this, longer than the 30 day trial It was my GO TO SAUNA BREAK read where I lay on my back, relax and read something I ve downloaded on my OLD kindle If I didn t take a sauna for a few days, to give the author credit, I never forgot where I was in the story I was well aware of the chall Honestly, My soul wasn t into Aftertaste I chose this during a thirty day trial period, from Kindle unlimited picks I take full responsibility for my lackadaisical aloofness It took me forever to read this, longer than the 30 day trial It was my GO TO SAUNA BREAK read where I lay on my back, relax and read something I ve downloaded on my OLD kindle If I didn t take a sauna for a few days, to give the author credit, I never forgot where I was in the story I was well aware of the challenges Mira was dealing with, and the drama shenanigan s Mira and her husband own a restaurant together Her husbands fKs another employee Mira moves out taking their baby Chloe to live with her Somehow they still keep managing the restaurant together for most of the book Mira s ex continues to fK the Stilettoes wearing Beauty They are living together and she stays on working at the restaurant Its one big happy suppressed communicating family The delicious cooking goes on Grappa, Their New York Restaurant, continues to thrive There are other caring characters who often come to Mira s rescue We watch Mira grow and get stronger in who she is The time spent with her therapist proves to be helpful.At the very start of this novel, Mira is sent to anger management class sent for violent actions This part of the story does not work well with the rest of the storytelling The development never gets off the ground Readers are left thinking, Its no big deal to attack your husbands girlfriend The author would have done better to have left all legal reference out of her book, because, truth is, being court assigned to anger management class is no joke I m sure there are many woman who will enjoy this book Its a lifetime movie type book Will I recommend it Honestly, I won t First off, let me give five stars to the cover alone I could stare at this beauty all day I m a big fan of foodie books, and I just knew this book was going to speak to me Aftertaste, the debut novel from Meredith Mileti, follows Mira Rinaldi as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life after finding her husband cheating on her Mira and husband Jake are co owners to the wildly successful Manhattan Italian restaurant, Grappa, the same location where Mira finds Jake with Grappa s newest wait First off, let me give five stars to the cover alone I could stare at this beauty all day I m a big fan of foodie books, and I just knew this book was going to speak to me Aftertaste, the debut novel from Meredith Mileti, follows Mira Rinaldi as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life after finding her husband cheating on her Mira and husband Jake are co owners to the wildly successful Manhattan Italian restaurant, Grappa, the same location where Mira finds Jake with Grappa s newest waitress Mira is shocked at Jake s infidelity, especially since they welcomed their first baby just two months prior Mira packs up baby Chloe and flees to Pittsburgh to be near her family She struggles to fight for Grappa, stay sane for Chloe s sake, and work through her divorce Along the way, Mira must find what fulfills her life, what makes her happy and content Aftertaste makes it on my Favorites List, as this was such a satisfying novel I found Mira so easy to relate to Unlike a lot of novels where the woman finds her man cheating and slinks away to rebuild her life, Mira fought back She attacked the mistress, got arrested, and was ordered to anger management classes Those scenes made the story really come to life for me Is it the best thing to turn to physical violence Of course not But it really put a human aspect to Mira s character, and I was with her from the first page Aftertaste has a ton of drama I shed tears, I was furious with Jake, and I was rooting on Mira in every scene and I didn t want the story to end Mira s journey also gave me a sense of empowerment, and I love books that show a strong heroine never giving up A must read in my opinion I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I was all ready to give this book 5 stars until the last third of the novel when it got repetitive, giving a whole lot of information on issues related to side characters while skimming over what was at the crux of the story, which is what happens to Grappa after Jake and Nicola take over The whole syndicate plot line was really building up to intrigue, corruption and massive downfall for the arrogant, cheating Jake but instead there were 5 chapters about Richard s, the main character s gay f I was all ready to give this book 5 stars until the last third of the novel when it got repetitive, giving a whole lot of information on issues related to side characters while skimming over what was at the crux of the story, which is what happens to Grappa after Jake and Nicola take over The whole syndicate plot line was really building up to intrigue, corruption and massive downfall for the arrogant, cheating Jake but instead there were 5 chapters about Richard s, the main character s gay friend, regression to alcohol, a relationship gone bad for him and his recovery from drunk driving accident Wait a second Who s the story about anyway Richard was an interesting character until he became the focus of the novel, and then he just got tiresome I started skimming the Dulce Dessert section and finally skipped chapters altogether to get to the end of the book I felt like the editor took a vacation Okay, this is good enough, let s publish Still, overall I enjoyed it and I ll definitely readby Mileti, trusting that next time she and her editor work through to the end of the story