Book Review

Review – Nuts by Alice Clayton

I picked up Nuts by Alice Clayton as part of a buddy read with some new friends on Twitter. It sounded like something I would typically pick up if it was free, but imagine my surprise when the e-book was just as much as a paperback!

If you’ve hung out around here for any amount of time, you know I don’t like to pay much (or anything, if I can help it) for e-books. It isn’t that I don’t believe authors deserve payment for the hard work they do, believe me I’d give them everything if I had the ability, but I’m a stay-at-home-mom with TONS of unread books already loaded up on my kindle. Oh dear, I believe I’ve gotten off track.

Well, just after signing up for this buddy read, Nuts went on sale for a much  more reasonable price, and I was happy again.

It was interesting that we had decided to read 5 chapters a day, and the book kind of fell into sections along those lines.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful. (Amazon).

I give Nuts by Alice Clayton 3 stars. It wasn’t terrible but I really didn’t feel much love for it.

I know Roxie was supposed to be witty, and funny, and (maybe?) somewhat relatable, and while her voice was distinct, it wasn’t unique, and honestly I found it grating.

There were plenty of fun food puns and embarrassing situations, which were enjoyable. And I really enjoyed that the author tried to bring in aspects of sustainable living and eating locally to a work of fiction, as these are things that I like to think are close to my heart.

The wrench that was thrown into the story around chapter 16 or 17 was really the most interesting part of the story.

The “steamy” parts of the book were a bit interesting. There was a lot of leading up to and thinking back on the sex, with most of the actual action being left between the lines.

Overall I guess I didn’t find Roxie, or the plot, to be all that unique, and the idyllic picture of a small-town on the Hudson seemed too good to be true.



5 thoughts on “Review – Nuts by Alice Clayton

  1. Hi Julia! I finally finished Nuts yesterday. Sorry I didn’t keep up with our agreed 5 chapters a day but I hope you still enjoyed our buddy read and would like to do it again in the near future. I’m a cheap-o too–i refuse to spend anything over a dollar for e-books if i can help it (though I do make exceptions for my auto-buy authors who sometimes publishes e-book only).

    roxie did take some getting use to. the first couple of chapters she kind of annoyed me. i didn’t like her attitude early on and i wasn’t sure i was going to like her at all. but she grew on me, especially after she met and started hanging out with leo; she started to realize that the small town she dismissed as a teen wasn’t as bad and she started to feel like she belong. but, man, chapter 17. i didn’t see that twist coming. my running theory was that leo was married and went through a bad divorce or his wife died, was still hung up on her and that’s why he haven’t had sex for a long time. i ended up giving nuts 4 out of 5 stars.


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  2. Hi Julia! I’ve just finished the book not too along ago, and as promised here are my two cents 😉

    Like you I don’t think I really took to Roxie. And I totally have to agree that the only interesting part were chapter 17 and 18…even then I think it dragged on a little too long before getting to the good part. On Goodreads I think I was a little more brutal…giving it a 2 out of 5 stars (I’m not too good with star ratings really), while I enjoyed the puns and the wittiness of the book’s voices…it just didn’t draw me in as much as I hoped.

    Thanks for being so engaging throughout the whole buddy read 😀 It was my first time and you guys made it incredibly fun 😀

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