Review: Going for Two by Laura Chapman

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Laura Champan
Chick Lit

Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

If you told me I’d love a book about Fantasy Football, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But, I loved Laura Chapman’s The Marrying Type, which I reviewed previously, so I wanted to give First and Goal, and it’s sequel Going for Two, a shot – and I was happy I did!

In this series, Harper Duquaine joins her workmates’ Fantasy Football league as a way to make friends in her new job, and ends up with a boyfriend, a best friend, and a life she loves. Harper’s character is sweet, and relatable – at 27, she both panics about her life plan and gets fall-down-drunk at a bar. It’s a dichotomy I (at almost 27) recognise all to well. Surrounded by the men in the league, her brothers, and her co-workers at the car dealership, Harper finds herself.

In First and Goal, I fell in love with Chapman’s cast of characters. It was refreshing to read chick lit that had more men in the line up than women! Each of the guys was completely different, and all added something to the story. Really, there were only two women; Harper, and Amelia (a sister to one of the boys). I loved Amelia as much as Harper, she was strong and feisty, with a realistic dose of insecurity and hopeless romanticism. I would give First and Goal a solid 4/4.5 stars, as it kept me hooked from the beginning, and I was even invested in the results of the Fantasy Football tournament. Who would’ve thought!

Chapman’s sequel, Going for Two, saw the same characters, back for another season of football. This time, Harper’s life is a little more serious than it was the year before, and the book focuses more on actual ‘adulting’ – a work/life balance, marriage and kids. Because of these more serious topics, the competition of Fantasy Football was almost an afterthought, and overall the story was a little less bright than the first book in the series. I still liked it, but it did have a little less magic than the first instalment. All of the characters were still there, but the focus was definitely on the relationship between Brook and Harper, rather than Harper and everyone is the bigger group, which I really liked in the first book.

That said, I read that there’s a third book coming soon, and I’ll definitely be picking it up. After the ending of Going for Two, I’m very interested to see how the book brings the group back together for a third season in the League!


I received a copy of Going for Two (and First and Goal) by Laura Chapman from the lovely Samantha at CLP, in exchange for my honest review.

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REVIEW: Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak

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Courtney Psak
Chick Lit

What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?

What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?

This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.

With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.

Courtney Psak’s Thirty Days to Thirty is a light, fun read. Jill gets fired and dumped on the same day, one month before her thirtieth birthday. With the big 3-0 looming, Jill finds herself living back at home with her parents, reconnecting with her college bestie and flirting with her ex-boyfriend in a bar. Depressed by the fact that she’s back where she was ten years ago, when she finds her ’30 things to do before turning 30′ list from school, Jill decides that there’s no time like the present to finish it.

I too have issues with turning 30 and not having achieved enough by then, and I also spent a good chunk of my twenties locked away in law school, so I understood where Jill’s head was. Trying to leave her city-life and cheating boyfriend behind, and readjust to the suburbs, Jill spends her time trying to find a way to live with her parents again, starts spending time with her best friend and her family again, and when she runs into an old flame, Chris, they can’t deny they’re still drawn to one another. Worried about falling into another relationship – especially given what a disaster the last one was – Jill tries to focus on her list, and Chris becomes a fixture in her life as he helps her tick items off the list.

I liked the premise of this story, and thought Jill and Chris were well developed. Liz, the best friend, a little less so, but I did like the inclusion of her character and own family issues. Jill’s parents were also hilarious, and recognisable – I could definitely see my parents in them! That said, I was very put off by the timeline. The story was very literal – Jill had one month to save a life, travel the world, ride roller coasters, learn yoga and french, kiss a stranger, be on TV… and fall in love. As much as I enjoyed the story, I just couldn’t believe in it. If it had been a year, or even if it had just been a few months, I would have been a lot less distracted. However, the pace of this love-story just kept me a little offside. That said, I still enjoyed it, and it was a nice light read – not bad for a day on the beach!


I received a copy of Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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Review: ‘Claws for Alarm’ by T. C. LoTempio

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A Nick and Nora Mystery
T. C. LoTempio
Cozy Mystery

Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade. 
Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacey from a perfectly executed framing.

Claws for Alarm by T. C. LoTempio is the latest book in the Nick and Nora cozy mystery series, where tuxedo cat Nick uses his feline detective wiles to lead human guardian Nora in the direction of the truth, using scrabble tiles and general Houdini-like behaviour. I read the first book in the series, Meow If It’s Murder, about a year ago – I enjoyed it, and was happy to see what happened next.

I did like Claws for Alarm, but it wasn’t as engaging as Meow If It’s Murder. Nora rushes to the rescue of her sister, Lacey, who has been accused of murder. The pair don’t get on (for reasons that aren’t very clear), but blood is thicker than past grievances and Nora sets about proving her sister’s innocence. Head detective on the case – and past boyfriend/one-night-stand – replaces the cute FBI guy from book one; though LoTempio is clearly setting up for FBI guy and Homicide guy to fight over fiery red-head Nora in the next book… Nora promptly ignores requests to leave the sleuthing to the police, and nearly gets herself killed several times.

I found the mystery in this story intriguing. Twists and misdirects abounded, and I didn’t know who all of the baddies were and why they were bad until near the end. There were some good red herring characters! However, I’ve got to say I wasn’t 100% invested. Sure, I wanted Lacey to be cleared and the bad guys to be caught. But there wasn’t a great deal of character development, and Nora seemed dead set on working against the Police at every turn, despite assurances that they also didn’t think Lacey was the true killer. I wouldn’t say it went as far as being frustrating, but the book definitely lacked some of the brightness of the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to the next book, and am hoping it will regain a little of the pizazz of book one!


I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Claws for Alarm by T. C. LoTempio in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff

The Kill Box Book Cover The Kill Box
A Jamie Sinclair Novel
Nichole Christoff

In an intense thriller that’s perfect for fans of Lee Child or Lisa Gardner, security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair tackles a cold case that could cost her the one person who means the most to her.

Hardworking Jamie Sinclair can’t wait for the weekend. She plans to be off the clock and on the road to wine country with handsome military police officer Adam Barrett. But when a strung-out soldier takes an innocent woman hostage and forces his way into Jamie’s bedroom, everything changes. Jamie’s never seen the soldier before. But he’s no stranger to Barrett—and with one word he persuades Barrett to pack a duffel and leave Jamie in the lurch.

Jamie cannot fathom why Barrett would abandon her without explanation. But as the consequences of an unsolved crime threaten to catch up with him, a late-night phone call sends Jamie racing to Barrett’s hometown in upstate New York. In a tinderbox of shattered trust and long-buried secrets, Jamie must fight to uncover the truth about what really occurred one terrible night twenty years ago. And the secrets she discovers deep in Barrett’s past not only threaten their future together—they just might get her killed.

The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff is the third book in the Jamie Sinclair series. I reviewed the first and second books, The Kill List and The Kill Shot, earlier this year, but this book was definitely my favourite so far.

In The Kill Box, tough cookie Jamie Sinclair shows her soft side, racing (unwanted) to the rescue of Adam, who we got to know in previous books. Adam is less the knight in shining armour in this instalment, and is more like the damsel in distress – thankfully Jamie puts up with his rubbish and sees it for what it is – insecurity, after a tragedy from his past resurfaces. Jamie takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of a decades old murder, but before she can make much headway, bodies start dropping left and right. With some strange small town acquaintances and a keen DEA agent, along with Adam’s adorable granny, she manages to find the truth.

I think this was my favourite book in the series so far because it had the deepest mystery and the best character development. Jamie showed her softer side, and we learned that there was more to Adam than just being the perfect jarhead. The secondary characters were really interesting, and (although my awesome deductive mind was suspicious of one of the bad guys from the start) there was plenty to keep me guessing! I read the whole book in a sitting – which is a testament to the book in itself, as I’m so tired these days that long stints of reading are far and few between!

The book can be read as a stand alone mystery, but readers would definitely benefit from the backstory of Jamie’s career, and Adam and Jamie’s relationship, as both are developed during this book. Plus, the first two books are pretty good, so why not check them out?!


I received a copy of The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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Review: Once Lost by Ber Carroll

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Ber Carroll

Are some things better left unfound?

Best friends Louise and Emma grew up next door to each other in a grim inner-city suburb of Dublin. Now Louise, an art conservator, is thousands of miles away in Sydney, restoring a beautiful old painting. She meets Dan, whose family welcome her as one of their own, but she will always feel lost until she finds her mother who walked out when she was just eight years old.

Back in Dublin, Emma is stuck in a job where she is under-appreciated and underpaid, but her biggest worry is her ex-partner, Jamie. Emma has lost so much because of Jamie: her innocence, her reputation, almost her life. Now she is at risk of losing Isla, her young daughter.

So where is Louise's mother? Will Emma ever be free of her ex? Both women frantically search for answers, but when the truth finally emerges it is more shattering than they had ever expected.

Just over a year ago, I read Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll. That book told the story of Erin and Laura, in Ireland and Australia – I loved it. It was so honest, and I was hooked from the beginning, completely wrapped up in how their stories were unfolding.

So, when I got an email about reviewing Carroll’s latest book, Once Lost, I was excited. On it’s face, it seemed like it would be just as good as Worlds Apart – two women, half a world away from one another, dealing with life, and everything it throws at them. I wasn’t disappointed!

Emma and Louise are both very well written, and the reader immediately sympathises with their situations, even though they may not have experienced anything similar themselves. It’s not easy to write characters that are so realistic, so Carroll should be commended for that. The characters were quite reminiscent of Erin and Laura in Worlds Apart though; even insofar as they had the same initial!

Also beautifully written are the descriptions of life in Ireland and Australia. Being an Aussie girl myself, I always love it when Australia features in a story, and I’ve visited Ireland too, so I was happy to be reminded of my adventures there.

This is definitely a book I’d recommend. A little more serious than ‘chick lit’, this is fiction that is worth reading in a cozy chair with a warm cuppa. Now, please excuse me, I’m off to hunt down some of Carroll’s other books!


I received a copy of Once Lost by Ber Carroll from CLP in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman

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Michele Gorman
Chick Lit

Ellie is fresh back from her honeymoon and can’t wait to share her news with her best friends Katie and Jane. To everyone’s surprise, mother-of-two Jane has news of her own… The women are due a day apart, on December 25th and 26th, and Katie can’t wait to be an honorary aunt to the babies.

But it’s hard to keep your sense of humor, not to mention your self-esteem, in the face of hemorrhoids and elasticated waistbands. Add a clingy mother-in-law, a career in cardiac arrest and a sex life that makes Mother Theresa look lusty, and soon their lives are as out of control as their bodies.

As the co-founders of The Curvy Girls Club, where loving yourself is the only rule, will the friends be able to practice what they preach?

The Curvy Girls Baby Club follows on from the aptly named Curvy Girls Club, which I read, reviewed and loved last year. I was excited to read the novella sequel, and was happy to see Ellie, Jane and Katie return. I whizzed through the book, and enjoyed it, although not as much as the first.

To be honest, there was a little too much cliché in this book. The ladies all get pregnant, and all end up giving birth on the very same day… Sure, it made for a fun read, but was lacking some of the realism and depth of the first instalment.

That said, I loved that the girls brought their body positivity with them into this story. Being pregnant is actually a fear of mine – I desperately want kids one day, but have no real desire to be pregnant. I’ve already spent my entire adult life worrying about my figure, and pregnancy is guaranteed to bring those fears out in full force. So, I completely understood the struggle that these ladies faced.

Because the story was so short, I felt that their struggles weren’t really explored. Yes, there were body issues raised, particularly with Jane, but there wasn’t a realistic explanation as to how they were dealt with; one pep talk from hubby and some cheery compliment cards probably wouldn’t cut it with a woman who’d been hospitalised a year earlier with an eating disorder.

I did like Ellie’s struggles with her mother-in-law, and found Jane’s struggle with her producers interesting – weight based discrimination is a real, and terrible thing. Katie didn’t really make much of an appearance though, perhaps because she was the star of the last book? But her unexpected pregnancy would likely have caused the biggest issue, and could have been explored further.

Overall, I liked that this book maintained a focus on body positivity, but it definitely wasn’t as uplifting or meaty as the first book. If Gorman writes a third instalment, I hope it’s full-length and regains the spirit of the first!


I received a copy of The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman in exchange for a review and an honest opinion. 

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Review: When Girlfriends Find Love by Savannah Page

When Girlfriends Find Love Book Cover When Girlfriends Find Love
Savannah Page
Chick Lit

Sophie Wharton is in control. Whether life is going according to plan or throwing her for a loop, Sophie is determined to remain calm and in charge. It's no wonder she's the successful owner of one of Seattle's most charming cafés, The Cup and the Cake. Her lemon meringue cupcakes, petite French treats, and cappuccinos always leave customers coming back for more. Naturally, her camaraderie of college girlfriends are still thick as thieves a decade later. And it should come as no surprise that she has her own cozy apartment in the hip part of town and grand goals for her future.

Of course Sophie has had her share of rough times, and recently some unexpected surprises have emerged. Her best friend Claire has moved across the state, the demands of her café are mounting, and some major changes among her circle of friends are shaking things up. But it's nothing Sophie can't handle.

When it comes to her love life, however, Single Sophie's at a loss. She approaches it the way she does nearly everything in life--by trying to call all the shots. But love doesn't work that way, and as Sophie examines her past relationships--thinking back on romantic trysts in Paris; college mistakes; the relationship responsible for the Year of Heartbreak--she must come to accept that love is an unpredictable, untamable, and often unexpected force.

This is the witty and heartwarming conclusion of the When Girlfriends collection, a novel about examining the past, moving forward, and following your heart. It's a story about friendship, relationships, acceptance, and learning to love again. About what happens when girlfriends find love.

When Girlfriends Find Love by Savannah Page is the final (seventh) book in the ‘When Girlfriends’ series. It focused on Sophie, who was also the focus of the first book, so things had come full circle.

I have read several other books in this series, and found my interest in them depended on how much I related to the character. For example, ‘When Girlfriends Let Go’ focused on Jackie, and I really found her vapid and shallow… which didn’t let me love it. In contrast, I much preferred ‘When Girlfriends Take Chances’, because I liked the characterisation of Emily better. I found Sophie quite relatable, and had forseen the romance that unfolded in previous books, so was happy to see it come to a conclusion.

I did find it a little unusual that the final book only focused on Sophie; yes, the series returned to where it started, but Sophie was really no more important than any of the other girls… so why not use the final book to wrap up everyone’s stories, from all perspectives, rather than just Sophie’s? That said, I was looking forward to seeing how Sophie’s story played out, so it wasn’t really a bother to me.

I love it when I get to read a series through to it’s conclusion – it drives me mad when a series is never finished (*ahem* The Obernewtyn Chronicles, or Galaxarena series…). So, I was always going to like this book! Honestly, it’s not super deep, but the entire series would be perfect for a light chick-lit read on a sunny beach.

If you’d like to read it for yourself, author Savannah Page is giving away a signed copy, and vouchers to Amazon and Anthropology! Just click here to enter the rafflecopter giveaway.


I received a copy of When Girlfriends Find Love by Savannah Page through Chick Lit Plus, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.

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Review: Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

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Laura McNeill

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill is not for the faint of heart. Although the blurb is pretty clear that this isn’t a happy, sunshine-and-birds story, I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this book made me. I can read/watch pretty much anything – gore, thrillers, blood everywhere – but this story of domestic abuse was hard to stomach.

McNeill’s writing style was fast-paced, and almost jerky at times. Statacco thoughts. Short sentences. Frenetic. This suited the story, which was high in tension from the get go. The narrative switched between several characters – Ava, the loving mother; Jack, her wary young stepson; Mitchell, her husband, and Graham, Ava’s lawyer/friend. I particularly liked the inclusion of Jack’s perspective; even though he was only eight, he knew something wasn’t right with his dad, but was still desperate to please him.

Some reviews I’ve read have painted Ava as weak, for not being ‘strong’ enough in the early part of the book. I disagreed. Strength is subjective; it takes strength to stay in a difficult situation and it takes strength to leave. I never saw her as a weak character. Desperate to please, maybe. Scared to disappoint anyone, probably. Willing to do anything to protect her kids, definitely. I don’t see how that makes her weak.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who has encountered domestic abuse – it’s pretty heavy reading. I had to put it down several times and walk away because I was so angry and upset for Ava. I suppose that made for good reading, but it was also very draining. Although I liked the characters, and the story was definitely engaging, it was hard to get through in some parts.

That said, it’s a well-written, poignant story about a topic that too often goes unspoken. Perhaps people should read Center of Gravity for the warnings it gives, or the message it’s sending. Really, I think it will be up to each individual to determine whether this book would be a good idea for them – if you think you can make it through, it’s definitely worth a read.


I received a copy of Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.

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REVIEW: ‘Dying Brand’ by Wendy Tyson

Dying Brand Book Cover Dying Brand
An Allison Campbell Mystery
Wendy Tyson

When image consultant Allison Campbell attends an award ceremony to honour a designer friend, she’s thrust into a murder investigation. Only this time, it’s personal.

A former boyfriend is dead, slain on the streets of Philadelphia. His widow claims he was meeting with Allison, yet Allison hadn’t spoken to him in years. Nothing about his death—or life—makes sense. When compromising photos from their past arrive at Allison’s office, they raise more questions than they answer.

Driven to find justice, Allison deconstructs the image her ex had created for himself, looking for clues about the man he’d become. As her hunt for the truth unveils secrets, Allison’s past and present collide—with deadly results.

Wendy Tyson writes excellent mysteries. That much I know, from reading two of her previous books – Deadly Assets and The Seduction of Miriam Cross. When I picked up Dying Brand, I was not disappointed by the mystery that unravelled within the pages.

From the get go, it’s clear that something isn’t quite adding up in the death of Scott Fairweather. Allison Campbell, Image Consultant (and sometimes sleuth), is pulled into the fray when someone starts sending her photos of her in the midst of a heated affair with Scott, from years ago. Who is sending them, and why, is left a mystery for more than half of the book, as the mystery slowly revealed itself.

Tyson does a great job of teasing the clues out of a story. Nothing is revealed too quickly, but the story doesn’t drag. Refreshingly, the outcome remained unknown until I reached it – there was no guessing in the first few chapters who the bad guy really was.

There was quite a bit of Allison’s personal life included in this book; her family drama, her boyfriend/ex-husband, her best friend and his older lover… I liked how this was handled in this book better than in it’s predecessor; the introduction of Allison’s little sister was interesting, and she was better developed than the somewhat distant older sister, or the abusive father who has mellowed in old age. That said, I still thought there was a little too much sex (really, I think Allison and Jason didn’t share a scene without taking each other’s clothes off).

Overall, I loved the mystery in this book. It was complicated and elusive, which I must prefer over a simpler whodunnit plot where I can guess what’s happened before I’ve even settled into the read! I am still interested in where Tyson takes her headstrong character next; I feel that there’s still a little way to go in terms of character development, I just can’t quite connect with Allison at all. However, if Tyson keeps her mysteries as fresh and intriguing as she has so far, I’m excited to see what comes next!

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I received a copy of Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson, the third book in the Allison Campbell mystery series, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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‘What Would Mary Berry Do?’ by Claire Sandy

What Would Mary Berry Do? Book Cover What Would Mary Berry Do?
Claire Sandy
Chick Lit

For fans of The Great British Bake Off, this is a story about family life, unfriendly rivalry and flat Victoria sponges.

Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.

Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask 'What would Mary Berry do?'

Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .

Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?

This is a delicious feast of a funny novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Allison Pearson.

If you’re a die-hard Great British (or Australian!) Bake Off fan, and love a bit of chick lit, then this is the book for you. Leading lady Marie is tired of being the Mum who brings the store-bought treats to school fetes, so embarks on a year long journey to learn from the Fairy Grandmother of baking – Mary Berry.

As a great admirer of the spunky Mary myself, I was drawn to this book and wasn’t disappointed. Marie was a great character. She wasn’t perfect, but she was REAL. A mother, a wife, a dentist, a homemaker; Marie was trying to keep the family running smoothly while dealing with job security worries, a perfect next-door neighbour who seems to one-up her on everything, a moody teenager and mischievous twin girls, a worried husband and the promise of a croquembouche to be delivered on New Years Day!

As the story developed, all the characters were well developed and I grew to love them all. The overarching theme of the book questioned whether the grass really is greener on the other side, and I liked how the author dealt with exploring  that. I know I think about the green grass in other people’s yards often, so this was something I related to.

I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down, was invested in all of the story lines, and was glad it was a longer read so that I could really get my teeth stuck into it. DEFINITELY worth a read on a cozy night, with a cuppa tea and a scone!

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