October 30, 2018

#FirstPage with Love à la Mode by @StephKateStrohm

"Prince in Disguise is the perfect winter getaway in book form. Readers will enjoy every minute of this hilarious holiday read...The setting is magical... Strohm writes incredibly fun and quirky characters... Readers won't want the story to end."―Romantic Times Book Reviews

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

About the Book: 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.

About the Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm is also the author of Prince in Disguise; The Date to Save; It's Not Me, It's YouThe Taming of the Drew; Confederates Don't Wear Couture; and Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink. She works as an actress and teacher in Chicago. You can find her online at www.stephaniekatestrohm.com and on Twitter and Instagram @stephkatestrohm.

Chapter One 

The girl across the aisle was staring at him. 
At first, Henry had thought it was an accident. Maybe she’d just looked his way randomly, or maybe he’d imagined it, but it wasn’t an accident, and he hadn’t imagined it. She was definitely staring at him. Well, maybe at him wasn’t totally right, but definitely near him. Her eyes were fixed somewhere around his hands, which were holding the latest issue of Lucky Peach magazine. It was weird. 
She hadn’t been staring when he’d gotten on the plane. She’d been sitting there first, which made sense, because Henry had been one of the last people in boarding group four to file in. He’d decided that, yes, the mini Oreos and the Teddy Grahams were both good snack choices, so he’d circled back around to Hudson News to get the Grahams too, and had almost missed his boarding group. 

Henry hadn’t noticed the girl because she was pretty-even though she was. At first he’d just seen a white girl around his age sitting across the aisle from him, but when he looked again, he’d noticed her crazy-big brown eyes and the thick toffee-colored braid resting on one shoulder. 

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