Restaurant industry insider Caroline McBride today widely releases Four Seasons at Cutler’s (Post Hill Press), the second installment of her Four Seasons Rom-Com Series inspired by her tenure as the Director of Public Relations and Business Development at New York’s iconic Serafina Restaurant Group during a decade of massive global expansion.
Four Seasons at Cutler’s depicts a neurodivergent love triangle when serial dater Charlotte believes she has finally found her soulmate in prolific movie producer Wyatt Ashcroft, but his elusive behavior pushes her away and into the arms of her new boss, Travis Cutler. Although engaging in a romance with the owner of the restaurant group that acquired her company in a hostile takeover is a conflict of interest, she is intrigued by the attention that the Southerner gives her. With career demands in a testosterone-filled environment that often underpays women, coupled with premature ovarian failure urging her to find a shortcut to the alter, Charlotte resolves to sort out her love life and choose “the one” within a year.
Incorporating McBride’s unique knowledge about top restaurants, hotels, and locales around the world while tapping into her personal escapades in the international dating scene, the novel touches upon modern, topical issues such as:
- Love on the spectrum: Charlotte McPherson is in love with Wyatt Ashcraft, she receives clues throughout the book that he might be on the spectrum and the subject is addressed in the story. The stigma is going away and people are learning how to deal with communication challenges for those with this condition.
- Fertility Pressure Plaguing Career Woman: Charlotte is 36 and has premature ovarian failure. IVF and adoption are addressed. Her demanding career as an international restaurant publicist distracts her from solving family issues and she has those “ah ha” moments when she questions her priorities.
- Dating: Matchmakers, Online dating, being set up by friends, meeting people at work—single women will empathize with Charlotte while non-single women will be amused.
- Workplace romance: Travis Cutler pursues Charlotte, and she debates the pros and cons of dating her boss. What constitutes sexual harassment considering the fact that many successful relationships start in the workplace?
- Career / Restaurant Industry: Charlotte renegotiates her salary twice during the novel and she has incorporated realistic scenarios into the story that Caroline herself has experienced during her decade as the Director of PR for Serafina Restaurant Group.
- 23&Me / Science Impacting Family Dynamics: Several people, including three close friends, uncovered family secrets after doing 23&Me. It’s causing real-life drama and there is a subplot involving the bully owner of Angelino’s discovering he has a daughter.
- Armchair Travel: Every chapter takes place in a different city (20 cities) that Caroline herself has traveled to such as Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, Park City, San Juan, Toronto, Mexico City, Dubai, Florence, and more.
The novel has already received praise from rom-com queen Christine Peters, producer of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, who says “Four Seasons at Cutler’s has all the ingredients of a juicy rom-com.”
Restaurant industry insider Caroline McBride’s sizzling new book – Four Seasons at Cutler’s. Restaurant industry insider Caroline McBride’s sizzling new book – Four Seasons at Cutler’s