Food for Love by C. Fonseca

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Author: C. Fonseca


A lesbian romance about how nourishment is so much more than the food we eat.

When Jessica Harris flies home to Australia to sort out her late brother’s estate, the last thing she wants to face is his altruistic investment—an eatery on the rural Bellarine Peninsula.

The injured British/Indian elite cyclist just wants to settle up, move on, get rehab, and certainly not have to deal with the restaurant’s beautiful owner and artisan foodie, Lillian McAllister, or her sweet, four-year-old daughter.

In order to win, Jessica’s disciplined life is dedicated to controlling her emotions, and she isn’t sure she’d survive letting her walls down now.


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Publication Date

September 2018


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96,000 words




978-3-96324-083-6 (mobi), 978-3-96324-084-3 (epub), 978-3-96324-085-0 (pdf)


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6 reviews for Food for Love by C. Fonseca

  1. Karola


    ***free ARC
    I really liked that book, because life could really turn out that way. The way little Ru is wrapping everyone around her little finger is just cute. I only had a little hard time reading this book, because there was so much talking of food, I always got hungry!

  2. stephasselin


    Isn’t it crazy how fast life can change around us, and most of the time, it is a good thing that it does. At least it was the case for Jess and Lili from Food for Love, by C. Fonseca.
    Jessica Harris is a professional cyclist who gets badly injured in a race in Europe. While she is still in remission from her accident, she is forced to travel to Australia to settle her late brother’s estate, in a place she hasn’t been since she left almost 20 years ago.
    Lillian McAllister is the chef and proud co-owner of a small but famous restaurant, Ailie with Jess’s brother. She loves to run in the morning and taking care of her daughter with the help of her parents but having Jessica living under her roof while she settles her brother’s estate gets hard for her to deal with.

    I had a pleasant time reading this book. Jess’s personality was harder to understand and get attached too. She is introduced as an elite cyclist; whose life goes by faster than the pages of the book can give justice. I felt like this character was filled with anger before she even set foot on Australian soil. I felt it was an intense but still great contrast with Lili, who is portrayed as soft and caring and finds joy in small things such as cultivating her own herbs and fruits to serve fresh food to her clients. My instinct was to protect Lili’s smile and soft attitude at all cost, making me angry at Jess’s character in the beginning.
    As the book went on, I found there was a lot more to these characters than what is shown at first, and I preferred the book from the moment when they decided to be more civil and speak to one another after Jess learns about Ru’s existence. This moment made her personality more human in my eyes.
    Personally, I think there were a lot of awkward moments between the characters filled with hidden anger and incomprehension of the other character. I feel like this book could’ve been a lot longer and there were more to be said and learned about the characters.

    The chemistry was present between the two mains, but I don’t think love was present as much as lust was. In some moments, it felt more like two adults falling in lust instead of falling in love and deciding to be together, without telling anyone. It was a big turn off for me because I feel that the storyline would’ve benefited from those interactions and could’ve made their relationship a little bit more complete, and realistic.
    The part in the book that I think should’ve either been left out or explained in bigger detail was the scene in the Restaurant, before Lili’s birthday. I won’t say more about the situation not to spoil the scene, but it felt like a big ‘’Oh my god’’ moment, that turned dull quite fast and didn’t add more to the story. In fact, I just feel like it simply added more words in the ending, that is all. I do believe it was meant to make the characters realize how much they mean to each other, but in my opinion, it didn’t work as planned. Most of the book revolves around Ailie and seeing that either Jess or Lili are nervous about it all made me cringe.
    If I make an abstraction of that scene the book was on point. It is a fast and good read.
    I must give a warning to future readers: Beware. This book WILL make you hungry. I’m giving you all a fair warning.
    *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*

  3. Ripley

    (verified owner):

    Food for Love is a very pleasurable read because the characters have complexity and feel authentic. The story quickly drew me in, from the traumatic crash in Europe that all but destroys Jessica’s road racing career to when it moves to rural Australia where Jess clashes with her late brother’s friend Lili.
    Jess’s interactions with Lili and her young daughter are engaging. There is humour, angst and passion, on the plate and more. What happens when a creative restaurant owner and an elite athlete who regards food as merely fuel are forced together? Exasperation, tension, and distrust.
    The author has created a believable cast of family and friends around the main characters and a storyline with plenty of depth. Though it revolves around Jess and the way food brings her back to family, place and her Indian roots, Lili is a grounding presence in the narrative – despite having plenty of insecurities of her own. This book kept me turning the pages … and hungry.

  4. blondi987


    ‘Food for Love’ by C. Fonseca is a sweet, slow burn lesbian romance. It is the type of book that you can take to the beach or spend a lazy weekend reading and enjoying.
    The story takes place mostly in the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula of Australia where injured professional cyclist Jessica (Jess) Harris must go to settle her deceased brother’s estate. One of those business dealings included a friendly loan to a rural restaurant owner and chef Lillian (Lili) McAllister. As Jess gets to know Lili, her daughter Aruishi, and their family and friends, an attraction grows between the two women. The budding romance doesn’t flow smoothly, however. Both women carry emotional baggage from the past that they must overcome before they can truly trust their hearts.
    This is not an action packed angst filled thriller. It is a sweet and slow romance. I loved the setting of the story amd was actually envious of the characters for being able to live in such a lovely place. I also liked the emphasis the author placed on family.
    If you love a slow and lovely romance, then try Food for love.

  5. Jane Shambler


    I have never read Fonseca before. I will probably read her again. But if I’m honest this book did not light my fire.

    I gave it 3 stars because it was a reasonably story. And it was easy to read. For me at times there was just too many words. It felt as if the author was dragging it out.

    It’s very emotional and does get you through it. For me less words are best. In my opinion the book was too long. But yes I would recommend it. Enjoy!

    *ARC provided by publisher via Ylva Publishing*

  6. pharridge


    A great read set against the beautiful Australian landscape.
    Cassie and Lili are likeable and well developed characters that are finding there way post the death of a brother and friend whilst managing a restaurant.
    The storyline kept me turning the page and all the characters be it Cassie and Lili or the other supporting cast were strong, fun and only added to the storyline.
    C. Fonseca is a new author to me which can always be a little hit and miss. However, after reading ‘Food for Love’ I’ll definitely be checking out her other books.

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