Review: In the Bag by Kate Klise
Author: Kate Klise
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date: May 1, 2012
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Source: courtesy of the publisher
Natalie’s 1-Sentence Synopsis: An accidental jostle aboard a Paris-bound flight and a baggage claim mixup lead to romance for single mom Daisy Sprinkle and her 18-year-old daughter Coco.
Over the last 18 years, Chicago chef Daisy Sprinkle has made a name for herself on the restaurant circuit. Her tenacity, perfectionism, and side of caprice have left her successful but lonely, with a bevy of notable restaurants in her wake. After leaving her last job after a dispute over steak sauce, Daisy takes Coco on a week-long vacation to Paris to escape, but is called to duty when an old friend needs a pastry chef for a gallery exhibit.
As Coco attempts to reclaim her lost bag, a farce worthy of The Parent Trap ensues. Daisy travels to Madrid to help her friend, and 17-year-old Webb is ditches his father Andrew, a crackerjack art installation guy, in Madrid and heads to Paris to rendezvous with Coco and his duffel bag.
In Madrid, Daisy meets and falls for Andrew but doesn’t remember he’s the man who jostled her on the plane, spilling a glass of red wine down her silk blouse and sneaking a corny mash note into her purse. He’s already smitten but is torn about admitting his identity as the note’s author after Daisy disdains the note during one of their conversations.
When I originally accepted this book for review, I mistook it for a travel memoir, but was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness of the story. Told from the perspectives of all four characters, In the Bag is a jaunty read that heralds the start of summer and beach books. An added bonus are the delightful travel collages with nods to plot lines at the start of each new day.
I enjoyed the Webb/Coco relationship and found the email repartee sweet and plausible. I accepted the many coincidences and twists of ‘fate’ and ‘kismet’ and read it in a single sitting. While a bit predictable with characters who felt, at times, a bit one-dimensional, this was still a whimsical book that I’d recommend. In the Bag is a charming summer read for those who looking for a bit of lighter reading set abroad.
Thanks to Mary at William Morrow for this one.