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Fireworks in the kitchen
on 3 October 2011
Amber is an ambitious 31 year old, about- to- be divorcee. She is trying to start again after her husband, Dom cheated on her, but she is not moving on at any great speed. She narrates the story and pours out her feelings on her failed marriage in flashbacks, her new job and new relationship.
Once she was the newly wed and now it is her best friends who are getting married, having babies and looking forward to a settled future.
Oscar is a famous chef, embarking on his own venture in the restaurant trade after a split from his business partner. He is, as you would expect from some celeb chefs, rude and demanding and foul mouthed in the kitchen.
The cast as includes, Dom's new girlfriend, Rachel, Oscar's ex-wife and daughter and a staff of many in the busy kitchen.
This novel had a few surprises behind that innocent cover. I do love chick-lit and expected this to be the usual great chick-lit format, but this went deeper. There are some serious relationship issues between the laughter lines as Amber's best friend Marsha does point out to Amber. There are some very funny moments in the story mixed in with some worrying behaviour from Oscar as he and Amber have a fiery relationship. This story is not all romance and roses.
The blurb was a little misleading, but not a problem. I expected Amber's friends to feature in the story much more than they did.
Favourite moment... I did love the 'compliment' Amber gave Dom's new girlfriend, Rachel, when they dined at the restaurant along with the surprise she presented to him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and enjoyed the shock factor I got from the stormy relationships in the novel. I willed Amber to see what was happening to her and to make the right decision.
This chick-lit/romance goes a little deeper. It does contain some swearing .
4.5 out of 5 for me!
Thank you to Little,Brown for sending me a review copy