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Table Manners [Paperback]

Mia King
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Aug. 4 2009
The star of Mia King's "entertaining"(Seattle Times) debut novel Good Things is back-and she's got a full plate.

Deidre McIntosh is everyone's favorite go-to person. She seems so successful, so capable, so just plain perfect, with a popular cooking show, her own line of cakes and cookies, and an ideal relationship with Kevin Johnson-considered one of the most desirable men in Seattle.

Then Kevin's ex-fiancée, sultry magazine publisher Sabine Durant, suddenly appears, and Deidre needs help. Already intimidated by Kevin's glamorous, moneyed world-and his sister, who wants Deidre out of Kevin's life-she fears she's no match for Sabine. And the go-to girl must figure out where to go next before the tablecloth is pulled out from under her...


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"King's fun, witty, recipe-spiked sequel to Good Things (2006) is so charming, readers will be delighted."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fell a Little Flat For Me Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this single girl tale. Table Manners was well written, full of mouth watering recipes (there's even a recipe section in the back) and I enjoyed the character and her adventure, however this book just didn't grab me and I thought this chick lit novel was relatively average.

This is chick lit with a heroine who has drive and determination and a career she loves. There are laugh out loud moments and some mouth watering descriptions of high end cookies and meals she creates. I got the impression throughout the novel that Deidre would have landed on her feet if she was unsuccessful at saving her new company, her man and/or both and I found that refreshing, while at the same time I don't think it gave me enough to latch onto. The stakes didn't seem particularly high maybe.

I didn't get sucked in or emotionally involved as I would have liked to and although I had fun watching Deidre flounder to try and save all that was dear to her, I just wasn't blown away by this novel.

I thought Table Manners was a solid 3 Star. I didn't hate it and would gladly read another of Mia King's novels, but I didn't adore it either, so it's smack dab in the middle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Things Gets Even Better with Table Manners! Aug. 4 2009
By Kari Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Deidre McIntosh, who we first meet in Mia King's debut novel, GOOD THINGS, is back in TABLE MANNERS. The very talented and creative foodie, has put the past behind her and is looking ahead to new ways to promote herself and launch a new line of cookies. Everything is going well in her business and her love life until the ultra-gorgeous and sophisticated ex-fiance of HER boyfriend, Sabine, appears on the scene. That's when things start to heat up!

I really enjoyed this book not only for the fun, romantic story and the great character development but also for the creative ways Deidre found to solve what seemed like impossible situations and for the amazing recipes at the end of the book.

Even though TABLE MANNERS is a sequel to GOOD THINGS, the story can stand alone and is a perfect summer read!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel that can stand alone Aug. 7 2009
By Renee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved how Table Manners was written, if you had read Good Things you could quickly put the two stories together, but you didn't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. Great plot and character development. It was a book that I couldn't put down.

I had intended to read the book while exercising and camping, but I never got to do that because I finished reading it before I even made it to the gym...I just couldn't put it down until I was done.

I'm glad to hear that I won't have to wait long for Mia's next book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it. July 7 2010
By Mary Deotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I couldn't even get through the first 100 pages when I decided to just throw the book into the trash. I can't honestly say there's a single character that I really even liked - and too many that I did not. The writing could be described as "light summer reading", but I just think it's bad. The characters are so two-dimensional as to be caricatures. I was fooled by the good reviews in this site -- I should have gotten it at the library and not wasted $14.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Table Manners: Double Delicious Nov. 28 2009
By Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Table Manners," by Mia King, is like a light, airy and double delicious chocolate mousse...that, yes, leaves you craving for more; wouldn't it be nice to get a sequel, perhaps? In fact, it was only after I read the book that I learned that "Table Manners" was a sequel to Mia's 2006 book "Good Things." Obviously, you do not have to read "Good Things" as a prerequisite.

Anyway, the book targets a 40ish audience and unveils a main character Deidre who is sweet, utterly smart and, oh, so hip and mod. I went beyond what I interpreted as, at times, shallowness and appreciated the fact that I did not have to over think Deidre's motives, desires and, basically, the things that make her tick. This, in most part, goes for the other characters, too.

What I also like is that the author accentuates the positive aspects of her characters. There is even hope for villainous Marla. This element is a refreshing one, especially in a world that seems fueled by the media's penchant for the macabre vision of life.

Characters aside, Mia's strongest suit is plot development. Each element of surprise that the author creates enticed me to devour the book swiftly and fully. Who, after all, would not sail through "Table Manners"? Mia cranks up the volume with a witty and sitcom-ish style. What could possibly go wrong, goes wrong in Deidre's world. Whether she bakes an array of botched up cookies or misinterprets the motives of her boyfriend, I could not help but languish over each page. The book's ending offers a good surprise punch...sequel, Mia, please! The best part is that after readers finish reading the book, they can test out the recipes offered at the end. Good books, like good food, make for a delicious life worth living...just mind your manners!

Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Table Manners Aug. 8 2009
By Robin Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A few years ago I was looking for new books by female authors. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Mia King. This led me to reading Good Things with Deidre. I was more then excited to see that Deidre was back. Deidre is launching a new cookie line, trying to hold on to her boyfriend, get accepted in to his family which includes, Marla who is fighting against them, help a friend get back on her feet and plan a commitment ceremony and doing it all in her own tasty, sassy way.
Table Manners is a fun, touching engaging story about Deidre and all the interesting people in her life. Deidre is a smart, classy, sweet lady but yet vulnerable and naive at times. She works hard and never gives up. She does not feel deserving of the attention and "luck" as she calls it. She does so much for everyone and sometimes forgets that she deserves that much or more in return. She does what she does out of love but has to be reminded that she is loved in return.
Kevin is the perfect match for her and I love how he continually shows how much he adores her. He makes no excuses for his love for her it is just a pleasant and passionate love.
Mia King has made realistic, likable, and fun characters. Even the supporting characters are wonderful. From Lindsey to Marla to Uncle Harry you find yourself caring about them. Yes, even Marla who is a sometimes a mean, crass character has many redeeming scenes. Marla, like Deidre has insecurities they just handle them differently.
The descriptions of the treats she makes not only make your mouth water but makes you believe you can make are in the kitchen too.
I had so much fun with these characters and only hope that she tales another take of these characters. I personally would love to hear more about Marla and Wedge. For some reason Marla was an intriguing character for me.
Table Manners is a must read for everyone. More recipes like the ones Mia King included in her book can be found on her website along with a monthly contest at [...] Also available by Mia King are Good Things and Sweet Life, both also highly recommended.
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