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Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars [Kindle Edition]

Janice Horton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Description

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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’.

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: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thornhill Print (4 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Janice Horton lives in Scotland. Janice writes contemporary fiction with humour and heart. Look out for her Amazon Kindle bestselling books 'Bagpipes and Bullshot' and 'Reaching for the Stars' and her voodoo romance series of 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 featured author and the editor of Bookshelf Reviews at Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine.

Twitter: @JaniceHorton

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the Stars - Great Read 23 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Janice Horton hasn't disappointed in her latest book. The story draws you in from the very first paragraph and keeps you there until the end. Along the way we enjoy three lovely characters mixed with Janice's humour and fun as well as as an element of suspense, and gives us an insight into the what goes on behind those swing doors in restaurants. I loved it and think it would make a great film. book for curling up with on the sofa or on the beach. Well done Janice for such a satisfying read.
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming read 22 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first novel I had read by Janice Horton and having seen rave reviews of her previous novel 'Bagpipes & Bullshot' I was very much looking forward to reading 'Reaching for the Stars'.

I was drawn into the story from the first paragraph, no pussy footing around, Finn McDuff was brought to life immediately. I loved the fact that he wasn't perfect, that he had a bit of a bad boy reputation but at the same time underneath it all there was a different person to the one the press and public knew. He had issues, past and present, that he had to overcome and/or resolve. Not being the perfect hero really made Finn come to life and gave him that extra dimension.

Journalist Raine and her adversary Ross made for a great sparring team and even though Ross was working for a newspaper with few morals, you couldn't help like him in a pitying sort of way. Raine was great, sticking to her beliefs of fair representation and believing in McDuff when others doubted him.

Janice has a lovely style of writing, which flows along smoothly and makes for an easy, yet totally satisfying read.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with Finn! 31 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just loved this book. This is the first time I have read anything written by Janice Horton and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. It had me hooked right from the start and I soon fell in love with the central character Finn McDuff! Finn is a celebrity chef who has it all now that he has won a prestigious award. Unfortunately thats when his life starts to unravel! Don't want to spoil the story for anyone else by giving too much away except to say that I'd highly recommend this book. Its very well written and Janice Horton has a way of drawing you in and making you interested in the characters............especially the yummy Finn!!! FOR A FULLER REVIEW CHECK OUT MY BLOG [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars action packed and fast moving 22 Jan 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
The author has created a very believable world from the celebrity status of McDuff and all that entails to the world of the journalist. Janice Horton has used a real life event (the Icelandic volcano erupting) and woven it into a part of the story that creates tension. I thought that was brilliant!

The characters are also believable. I identified with them all. It's not only the leads that are three-dimensional but also those on the periphery of the story too.

One thing that did surprise me was McDuff's mental state when he was in hiding. I was expecting him to be out of the public eye limping along. Instead, there is another dimension to the story that deals with mental/emotional health, which Janice Horton writes about really well. I enjoyed the role Lady Craigmuir had while he was in hiding.

I could also readily imagine the madness the media provoked when McDuff shut down his restaurant and left, whipping up the public into a frenzy of trying to hunt him down!

There is much to hold the readers attention throughout Reaching for the Stars. The tension between Raine and Ross as they compete with each other, the intrigue from Ann James' motivation and the friction between McDuff and Gina. Oh and I can't finish my review without mentioning the romance ... but which characters fall in love?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 months ago 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 11 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 15 months ago 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 17 months ago 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 18 months ago 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 18 months ago 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 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Am really surprised with the positive reviews for this book. I kept reading it thinking something might happen but got to the ending with a feeling of disappointment. Read more
Published 23 months ago by I love reading!
4.0 out of 5 stars Romcom for men
As a mere male I don't normally read Romcom but by accident I down loaded Janet Horton's book, 'Reaching for the stars' and I'm glad I did. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Papoose
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