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Recipe for Love Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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"Deliciously enjoyable romp!" (Woman & Home)
"Charming, fun and undeniably romantic, this is perfect reading for a lazy spring afternoon." (4 stars, Closer)
"A treat! " (Star magazine)
"Katie Fforde fans will love her latest novel Recipe for Love." (Yours)
"This fun and witty novel combines mouth watering recipes, a beautiful location and an intriguing love story and is an absolute must read for all Fforde fans." (No.1 magazine)
Can love be the sweetest thing? The fabulous new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Summer of Love.See all Product description
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It's flippantly easy to compare `Recipe for Love' to a Mills and Boon with food or a Jilly Cooper romp through the countryside, all the same, like them, it really is great fun and a merry few hours of relaxing escapism.
Research has been done; I can almost see the author hovering interestedly behind the scenes of `The Great British Bakeoff' (Anna Fortune, her fictional judge really could be Mary Berry).
We are taken straight to the pressured venue of a tv cookery competition. Centring on `Somerby', which is a fabulous old country house, presently being refurbished by its charming owners Rupert and Fenella, who are imminently expectant parents to boot.
Zoe Harper is the contestant we are rooting for, the favourite to follow. The kind of girl who just can't help herself being helpful, a sweet sort who is perhaps just too good for her own good. Resourceful, down to earth and modest, the best kind of friend, as is immediately recognised by the frazzled couple.
Chavvy cheerless Cher, a determined fellow contestant brings a dangerous flash of nastiness to the mix. A pantomime enemy, saboteur extraordinaire, she means to win by fair means or foul. Her wise cracks are sharper than a chef's knife. A variety of other hopefuls make up the group that must of course be reduced one by one.
Farce like misunderstandings ensue as Zoe gets more deeply involved with helping Rupert and Fenella. His ancient aristo parents roll up, also `to help' in their hopeless fashion, a wedding being held at Somerby threatens to become a fiasco until Zoe waves her magic wand, even an impromptu Christening party causes her little trouble. All is grist to her mill until she realises she has fallen hard for Gideon, a glam guy who just happens to be one of the judges... well this is a romantic novel.
This is all enormous fun, involving to the extent that when fizzing glasses of Pimms and champagne are passed around I genuinely felt I was helping myself to one and joining in. My only complaint being that the reading made me jolly hungry, so enticing are the descriptions of delicious dinners, quickly whipped up treats and the ultimate triumph, a glorious (!) Croquembouche adorned with spun caramel glinting with the decoration of gold leaf physalis.
Does she win? Does it matter? "It's all about the journey!"
I truly loved the characters in this book, except Cher (I wanted to pull her hair and push her face first into the mud) and Rupert's parents are hilariously awful! I also loved the concept of this - it was like a cross between Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off. If you hate cooking, don't let this put you off - the book doesn't require you to be a cooking-lover. There are certainly some descriptions that will make anybody's stomach rumble!
The story is wonderfully paced and easily devoured. Katie Fforde has created a warm and wonderful book that will keep you turning the pages until suddenly you find yourself at the end with a smile on your face and wanting more. This book is delicious chick lit at its best.
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