Review: In the Bag by Kate Klise

Title: In the Bag

Author: Kate Klise

Genre/Pages: Fiction/320

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.


  1. This sounds like a fun little read! (And I always love foreign locales!!) I think I’m going to have to hunt for this one 🙂 Great review!! (As always 😉 )

  2. This sounds cute and just perfect for the summer!

  3. Natalie,
    Thanks for the nice review! I’m so glad you liked it.
    -Kate Klise
    P.S. I want, need, *love* your signature pink typewriter!

  4. You know me, Nat. I tend to stick to cookbooks, memoirs, and other nonfiction, but I have to say this sounds cute! Maybe it’s the cooking connection, or sheer novelty, but I could see myself enjoying this, especially at the beach. Great review! And thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

  5. This book had me at the super cute cover. And your review was helpful too! Sounds like the perfect book to kick off the summer reading season.

  6. I thought this sounded delightful — and I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’m still deciding on my New York City train ride read for this weekend . . . hmm. This one might be thrown in my bag.

  7. i’m so glad you mentioned you have this one because i was going to put it in the mail to you–it just seemed so much like a ‘meg-read’ that i had to share it. 🙂 hope you like it–it’s cute and sweet without being saccharine.

  8. The little collages seem like a nice touch … but Daisy Sprinkle? Ugh!

  9. lol, i can always count on you to say it like it is. i was also a bit iffy on the name, but the story was whimsical, so i gave the author a pass on it. 🙂

  10. Sounds like a nice easy beach read. I might have to pick this up if the library has a copy!

  11. it’s cute–i actually gave my copy to my sister (a non-reader) and recommended it for her book club as a summer selection. ironic, isn’t it? she’s in a book club and rarely reads, while i’m a savage reader but don’t belong to a book club!

  12. kate,

    thanks for writing such a fun read–i passed the copy to my sister and recommended it for her book club. wishing you all the best!

    ps. i love my typewriter, too! i actually have it sitting on my credenza here in my office (and have a matching seafoam green one downstairs on a bookshelf!)

  13. it really was sweet and fun–a perfect confection for summer reading.

  14. sounds like a fun and cute novel! i’ll have to keep it in mind when i’m planning my summer vacation and deciding what books to bring.

  15. whimsical sounds perfect for the summer!

  16. I just added this one to my wish list. Looks like light hearted fun.

  17. Sounds like a great read for enjoying out by the pool this summer!

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