Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle Cordero is the first Chelle Cordero novel published by Vanilla Heart Publishing and we are celebrating the anniversary! A top selling novel across the globe since launch day, Bartlett’s Rule continues to delight readers, and we couldn’t be happier to have Chelle in the VHP fold! Bartlett’s Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009, and remains popular with book clubs and individual readers alike.
My characters are very real to me and they do all of the normal things that humans do — like cooking. In this excerpt Paige Andrews has cooked one of Lon Bartlett’s favorite dishes, the recipe is below.
It’s been a while since she walked out on him and didn’t look back so Paige is hoping that a comfortable meal together will help soften the awkwardness a little.
I hope you enjoy! ~ Chelle
Paige prepared one of his favorite dishes, Tortellini Alfredo. There was a tossed salad and warm garlic bread to go with it. The aroma of the Italian cooking mingled with the sweet flavors of the Caribbean restaurant downstairs cast an appetizing smell to her apartment. She hadn’t spent much time cooking since moving to Delaware. Cooking for one never seemed so inviting.
She had just finished setting the small card table she had opened in the living room when he knocked on the door. Taking the time to light candles on their dinner table, Paige called out that the door was open.
Lon came through the doorway and suddenly her small living room just seemed to get a little smaller. He carried a bottle of wine in one hand and a delicate bouquet of flowers in the other.
Paige pivoted to face him. She felt a nervous twinge in her stomach. “Hi.” She motioned to the table. “Dinner is just about ready. Thank you for coming.”
CHEESE TORTELLINI ALFREDO
1 lb. cheese tortellini 1 pkg. frozen peas 1/4 lb. softened butter 1/2 cup grated Pecorino and/or Parmesan cheese (blend to taste) 3/4 cup heavy cream
Place peas in colander and run warm water to break them up. Cook tortellini in boiling water until firm; drain to the colander over the peas. In a pot on low heat, melt butter and mix with cream. Return the tortellini and peas to pot. On low heat, mix well with butter/cream, add cheese, salt, and pepper; mix well. Serves 4; best served with a side salad and hot garlic bread.
Bartlett’s Ruleby Chelle Cordero shares the story of Lon and Paige’s love affair; a romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.
Bartlett’s Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009.