Sizzling Book Club Pick for January: Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex

Back to the Good Fortune Diner - Vicki Essex: an Asian woman and a blonde man in a sunlight diner, pouring and drinking teaSBTB book Club logoTime to announce the January Book Club Pick! I really, really enjoyed this story, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Our selection is Back at the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex.

Here's the summary: Everville, New York—it's the town where Tiffany Cheung grew up, and the last place she wants to be. But after losing her job in Manhattan, that's exactly where she finds herself. Worse, she's working at her family's Chinese diner and feeling like the outsider she once was. The only bright side is that Chris Jamieson, the boy she used to tutor, is still around. Her high school crush is hotter than ever, and he needs her help…again.

Tutoring Chris's son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her—and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing! Because Tiffany's not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life. But maybe what's real is about to change….

This novel is about coming home, but also about recognizing who you are and who you want to be – and who you think you *should* be. Both characters struggle with identity, family, responsibility and all those problems that come with being an adult surrounded by your parents. It's very thought provoking, beautiful, and very, very well written.

The book is available digitally and in paperback. As always, All Romance eBooks is offering the 50% eBook Buck rebate if you use code SBTBARE at checkout. The rebate is good from today, Monday, 7 January, through Monday, 21 January, 2013. And if paper is your thing, you can find a copy at Amazon, BN, or your local bookstore. 

And we have a book club chat date set, too!

The Book Club Chat will be 9pm on 31 January, and Vicki Essex will be joining us at 10pm for a Q&A.

If you need a handy Google calendar reminder, here you go:

I must share this: when I emailed her to let her know her book was my selection for the month, she emailed back her reaction…

in Jeremy Renner gif form:


AW YEAH. Vicki has a hashtag for Jeremy-related tweets at #rennerection – RedHeadedGirl and Vicki need to hang out, clearly. So this chat will be a LOT of fun.

I hope you can find a copy of this book and read it in time for the book club chat. There will be SO much to talk about, and I'm betting the Q&A will be a ton of fun, too. 


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  1. 1

    A not pure whitebread main character AND Jeremy Renner? I’m in!

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    Julia Broadbooks says:

    Coolest gif ever! I can’t wait to read this book!

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    Cate Hulk says:

    I don’t read contemporary very much but your recommendations haven’t failed me yet, so I may just give this a try! Do the All Romance ebooks work with kindle? I hope?

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    Joe Leroy3 says:

    …Is that David Beckham on the cover? lol

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    SB Sarah says:

    Yes, there should be a “Send to kindle” or “download to Kindle” option once you buy the book at ARe. I hope you like it!!

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    … AND it’s a SUPER ROMANCE!!  Excellent – I can’t wait!

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    peggy h says:

    This may be the first time I already own (though haven’t yet read) the book chosen for the Club!  Cool!

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    LauraN says:

    The Renner gif made me want to reread RedHeadedGirl’s review with all the gifs, so I did.  And then somehow I ended up at her old HABO (http://smartbitchestrashybooks…, and now I want to know if she ever read the book.  I searched SBTB for both the title and author and got nothing, so I assume she never wrote about it?  I’d like to know if the book ended up being all she hoped it would be.

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    LauraN says:

    Thanks!  And now I have beheld RedHeadedGirl’s debut as a SBTB reviewer.  My life is complete.

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    kaelee2 says:

    Okay I have the book but need to read it yet.  Looking forward to the discussion.

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