Eve reads a book by author Jackson Cooper and likes it so much that she decides to write to him and tell him so. Jackson writes back, and thus begins a pen pal relationship.
Both characters have a lot going on in their lives. Eve, divorced long ago, lost her unloving mother a year ago, and now her headstrong daughter is getting married, which means Eve's ex-husband is going to come back into her life.
Jackson's second marriage has just ended with the revelation that his wife is actually a lesbian. As he struggles to make sense of this and his past female relationships and the lack of writing he's been doing AND his 50th birthday, he turns to cooking.
Eve and Jackson share recipes with one another and provide a non-judgmental shoulder to lean on through their letters and emails. They even talk of meeting in Paris. But it seems that too many factors, including themselves, will never allow that meeting to happen.
This was a quick read for me and very fast-paced in terms of jumping from scene to scene. I'm not sure I liked that, but I did get used to it. And the ending really did surprise me.
I also liked that the book included recipes mentioned in the story, but I wish there had been more!!
That Part Was True is published by Grand Central Publishing and is available to purchase now. I received a free advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to review the book.