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4.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely, heart-warming and acutely observed. Do not file simply under "chick lit", 19 Jun 2012
Having read Amy Bratley's first book I have to say *hands up* I am not normally a chick-lit reader. But I really couldn't wait for her second novel after stumbling across her first; "The Girl's Guide To Home-making". I was totally drawn in by her wonderfully acute and brilliantly observed characterisation - and the fact that she sets her novels firmly in a London that any creative-leaning, vintage-appreciating young woman will immediately recognise! I loved the added thrill of knowing the exact drinking holes and cocktail corners of London that her brilliantly drawn characters frequent, as well as recognising the often laugh-out-loud familiar observations of friendship, family, life and love in a big city.
"The Saturday Supper Club" did not disappoint. There is a mystery that needs to be gradually unravelled (why DID Ethan leave Eve so suddenly and out of the blue?) and what will become of Eve's about-to-open cafe? The fact that the book takes the format of TV's "Come Dine With Me" transferred to a local rag's competition, you have the added hilarity Amy cleverly bringing together an assorted mix of characters for us to get to know, and to cringe along with as they get on with their drink-fuelled culinary evenings - each evening with it's own inevitable jeopardy and cliffhanger.
But there is a lot more to be unravelled in "The Saturday Supper Club"; the issues two sisters deal with after the death of their mother and subsequently the task of looking after their father, close friendships that can't stay the same forever, a sudden end to a relationship that needs to be explained, and the deeper darker secrets that lie just beneath all these - secrets we keep to protect the ones we love.