My good friend Julia Barrett has a new book out this week! The Jewish Collection--Contemporary Romance Volume 1. I met Julia on-line after I saw a review for Beauty and the Feast. I read it, loved it, emailed her, we started a long-distance correspondence, and we became great friends. I talk to her every day on the phone, and we have visited each other in Napa and Boston. She is an incredibly talented writer, as well as a loyal friend and lovely person.
Her background and education are fascinating and impressive. At the age of 17, she went to Israel and lived on a kibbutz for a year. She became fluent in Hebrew. When she returned to the U.S., she attended and graduated from the University of Iowa, where she majored in creative writing and minored in Jewish Studies. Her Jewish identity is an important part of her life, and it's reflected in many of her stories. This collection is the first volume and it includes three of her books that I really enjoyed...
Beauty and the Feast...a sexy award-winning foodie romance set in the Napa Valley (See my full review here). This book manages to combine mouth-watering recipes, the romantic backdrop of Napa, and a super sexy romance.
A Matter of Taste...a sweet quickie novella about a woman who inherits a cookbook from her Jewish grandmother and finds a magical recipe for love.
Pushing Her Boundaries...an awesome survival-adventure romance based on a real life experience. (Full review here)
I highly recommend this book as a great introduction to Julia's talented writing and storytelling abilities.
For more information about Julia Barrett, check out her website.
Here's a photo from a few years ago when Julia visited me in Boston. Yep, that's Ming Tsai hanging out with us at Blue Ginger!
HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO JULIA!