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Reaching for the Stars [Kindle Edition]

Janice Horton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Scottish celebrity chef Finn McDuff is media stalked and disillusioned after winning his third star and losing his third wife. He decides he’s had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and, after giving up all his accolades and closing down his restaurant, he disappears.

With the enfant terrible of the kitchen missing, two rival newspapers, having lost their media meal ticket, compete against each other to whip up further public curiosity in the missing chef. Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff. Who will find him first and whose side will you be on...?


JANUARY 2012 - 'Reaching for the Stars' Voted The Most Popular Book of the Month with Readers - on Jera's Jamboree Book Blog!

“I love the way that Janice writes. Her words flow so easily from page to page. You are whisked away to a part of Scotland where you feel you’ve always known and get so involved with the story that you feel that you are playing a star role in the book.”
Kim The Bookworm

“A wonderful plot and some extremely engaging characters all bundled together in a steamy Scottish kitchen!”
Lou Graham - Book Blogger

“Even though I knew this was a complete work of fiction, I found it fun to imagine one of the top celebrity chefs losing their marbles and giving it all up. What an amazing story that would be to follow in the tabloids.”
Lindsay Gentles - Turning the Pages Book Blog

“Horton's writing actually transports the reader straight to the scene - I felt like I actually knew some of the characters.”
Sarah Taylor - Today I’m Reading Book Blog.

“Well done Janice Horton you have got the 5 star from me...”
Rea Book Reviews.

“When it comes to writing romance, Janice Horton puts her heart into the task.”
The Dumfries & Galloway Standard

Bestselling novelist Janice Horton is also the author of ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’.

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About the Author

Janice Horton lives in Scotland. Janice writes contemporary fiction with humour and heart. Look out for her Amazon Kindle bestselling ebooks ‘Bagpipes and Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and her voodoo romance novellas. Her latest title is a nonfiction guide ‘How To Party Online’. Janice is a regular blogger and you’ll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist's Association and Editor of the Bookshelf Reviews feature at Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine. Blog: and Twitter @JaniceHorton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thornhill Print (4 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janice Horton writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Look out for Janice's new release for 2015 'Castaway in the Caribbean' and her Amazon Kindle bestselling books 'Bagpipes and Bullshot' and 'Reaching for the Stars' and her fun 'Voodoo Romance' series of novellas. Her nonfiction guide to online promotion 'How To Party Online' is recommended reading for authors by publishers. Janice is a regular blogger from her website at and you'll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is also a senior editor at the award winning online magazine Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine where she produces her monthly 'The Bookshelf' feature and her seasonal 'Snap Gap Travel' features.

Website/Blog: Facebook: Twitter: @JaniceHorton

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Format:Kindle Edition
As you know I have been out of action on the blog front lately due to other commitments therefore this review will be brief. I received my e-copy after winning a competition - Best Chick Lit’s take over of Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine’s twitter feed and Re-tweeting!

I am presuming that my copy was an advance or pre-publication as there were a lot of typographical errors. Noting the cover change I am hazarding a guess that these errors have since been amended. Due to my schedule it took me a lot longer to read this book than usual.

This is a new idea for me as I haven't come across much chick-lit starring chefs. I didn't find it particularly funny but I did start to enjoy the book as I got further into it. As stated in the synopsis above, we have an award winning chef who after achieving his third 'Golden Star' finds out his wife is leaving him. The marital breakdown spurs him into doing some serious thinking. He disappears much to the annoyance of the two rival reporters whose newspapers are both chasing for a story. Let's look at the characters, our leading man is Chef McDuff who is a decent person underneath his celebrity chef persona. We have two reporters, a fair-minded lass who wants to print the truth and the ambitious hack who wants to make his name and do whatever it takes to get his story in print. There are also plenty of other characters to help make the story. If I were to choose a favourite character, it would be Raine the female reporter who is not the naive young lady that others are led to believe. Did I like the story? It didn't give me the wow factor but made a pleasant enough read at the end of the day. If you are looking for a light holiday read and you like Scotland, cooking and chick-lit then this may contain all the right ingredients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 1 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I would like to thank Loveahappyending and Janice Horton for sending me a copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Finn McDuff seems to have the world at his feet, he has just acheived his ambition of 3 Golden Stars for his restaraunt, his world comes crashing down around him when his wife decides to leave him.

Anna James returns to Edinburgh expecting to be sponsored by Chef McDuff, willing to put the past behind her in achieving her dreams.... But is Anna willing to forgive and forget. Finn let's Anna down by closing his restaraunt and doing a disappearing act with the press on his tail.

Raine and Ross were competing for the same job until Raine beats him to an exclusive interview with Chef McDuff, now they are working for different newspapers, they are on his tail for the exclusive story surrounding his disappearance.
Janice gives you a clue to the corruption that was once the press over here, this is done in a way that makes you dispise the press for their intrusion into celebrities lives.

As for Chef McDuff I couldn't help but like him, if not the typical book boyfriend, there was something sad about his story and I found myself warming to him and feeling sorry for his plight.

Anna was seeing her father through rose tinted glasses and blamed everything on Finn, I really wanted to give her a slap and tell her to wake up and smell the roses.

Raine I liked instantly she was trying to do her job with an honest integrity, even though she had to deal with her bosses demanding more and falling in love with Finn didn't help her.

Ross I really wanted to come unstuck and I laughed at the way he eventually did, a totally ingenious way of doing it from Janice.
In short the book was totally different from what I expected and would recommend it, it was a journey for so many of the characters that I found myself wanting to work out, with a great supporting cast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well established and informative read 27 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book for my January read for Loveahappyending magazine and I’m familiar with Janice’s work and writing style from her three novellas in the How Do You Voodoo? trilogy and was excited to see her full potential in the first full-length novel of hers I’ve read. Reaching for the Stars is about celebrity chef, Finn McDuff, who has worked his whole life to achieve his three golden stars, build a reputation for himself and in the process, ruin his 3 marriages. He realises one day that life isn’t just about being at the top, so he gives his three stars back and disappears. Raine Sanderson and Ross Campbell are journalists working head to head to get the latest and most exciting scoop on Finn McDuff, why he gave his stars back and where he disappeared too but only one of them can get it. Who will it be? The chase is on and Raine and Ross are doing everything in their power to come out on top. Who will find him first and who’s side will you be on?

I was a bit on the fence with this book at first because it focuses on celebrity chef, Finn McDuff and the culinary world, which I know absolutely nothing about so I will admit that a lot of the terminology that was used at the beginning did go over the top of my head a bit but obviously that’s not the authors fault, entirely my own. I’m all for learning about new things and this book definitely taught me a thing or two about the culinary environment and the Golden Stars. I very much enjoyed the insight into this elegant and sophisticated world but it was very mature and I can’t see myself wanting to get involved with it in the future! Despite all of that however, I did very much enjoy this book and found myself getting reeled in to this world of lies, competition and rivalry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read
Once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down. The characters were well portrayed, would recommend to my friends.
Published 11 days ago by Jean Nightingale
4.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the stars
Havent read this yet it is in my stockpile for future reading.
These things keep popping up for me to review.
Published 13 months ago by Maureen Nevitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is a very relaxing read! The storyline is good and I enjoyed all the characters. Nice descriptions of Scotland.
Published on 5 Jun. 2013 by mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the way the characters were introduced step by step.
Celebrity chef Finn McDuff finds himself being awarded three Golden Stars but loses his third wife in the process. Read more
Published on 30 April 2013 by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Another excellent story from Janice with lots of twists and turns along the way.
Could almost picture myself in the Bothy in the forest hiding away from the world
Can't... Read more
Published on 22 April 2013 by Mrs Pamela Hazlehurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Finn McDuff is a celebrity chef who has just received his third gold star. Unfortunately for every success in his career he has a failed marriage - three stars, three ex... Read more
Published on 7 Jan. 2013 by curly_helmar
1.0 out of 5 stars What are all the good reviews about?
An idiotic heroine, so called journalist with no brains and a deep helplessness about her, surrounded by characters who lack depth in a very predictable story. Read more
Published on 18 Nov. 2012 by Dee B
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy, yummy!
Janice, can Finn come to my house to cook? Well, he may be too busy after
this book. I'm sure he's getting a lot of calls for work. Read more
Published on 26 Oct. 2012 by Susan Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the Stars
Right from the first page, this book had me hooked. Celebrity chef McDuff seemingly has it all, but faster than a soufflé can sink he loses it. Read more
Published on 12 Oct. 2012 by Mad About Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read
After reading this successful follow up to Janice Horton's first book, Bagpipes and Bullshot, you may never feel the same about eating in a restaurant again. Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
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