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Being an aspiring baker,I instantly took a liking to this novel. Not only did it make me laugh,but it made me more determined to follow my dream.I've read pretty much all of Katie Fforde's books and this has to be one of my all time favourites.
You can read it anywhere,I found myself reading it in the bath,before bed,during dinner.i could not put it down.
I definitely recommend this novel and the author herself.
The main protagonist of the story Zoe,has to deal with devious competitors and having a inconvenient crush of one of the judges that shes cooking for. Ive been there in the past,so I knew how she felt.I got lost in it,felt like I was cooking along with Zoe,swooning over her crush and wanting to slap the competitors hehe.
A must have for your collection if your an avid book reader like myself.
Good bye for now :)
When Zoe Harper arrives at Somerby, a lovely old mansion and the setting for the latest televised cookery contest, she is full of excitement. Before long, she finds herself rescuing one of the judges, Gideon Irving, from a ditch and realises that she is extremely attracted to him. Not long after, she meets her room mate and fellow competitor, Cher, for whom there is no immediate attraction as she comes across as shallow and devious. All the rest of the contestants are friendly though and they are soon all immersing themselves in the challenges of the various rounds.
As the competition progresses, Zoe becomes more involved with the couple who run Somerby and thinks nothing of helping out when things become difficult for them, never even thinking that she might be ruining her chances in the competition. Of course, there's at least one person who's willing to take advantage of her good nature and that same person is keeping an eye on what is going on between Zoe and Gideon. Will Zoe be able to keep her attraction for him a secret until the competition and does she stand a chance of winning anyway?
I absolutely loved 'Recipe for Love' from the moment I picked it up. I always enjoy Katie Fforde's books and always know what to expect - an absorbing story, loveable characters and at least a little love intrigue. Zoe is a great main character and someone who I could really imagine getting on with. I could also fully understand her attraction to Gideon who seems to have all the looks and a great personality. The storyline had me hooked from the start and all of the different strands interweave well.
I loved the fact that the story was based on a cookery competition and I couldn't wait to find out what all of the tasks were going to be. There were some great ones too such as having to cater for a wedding; cooking dishes from foraged ingredients; and creating a three course meal from the best local ingredients. The contestants were a real mixed bunch as well and provided many humorous moments throughout. This book is a definitely a must for all fans of TV cookery programmes especially ones with a bit of drama.
I love Katie Fforde's writing style which is so easy and relaxed that you don't want to put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed every page but I do have one complaint. It's too short! I just wanted to carrying on reading more and more.
This review has already appeared under my name at www.thebookbag.co.uk
Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance...
When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she's thrilled. It's a chance to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen she's set her heart on.
The first task has hardly begun when she finds herself with rather too much on her plate. Not only has she got to contend with the fiercely competitive and downright devious Cher, but she's fast developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges - the truly delicious Gideon Irving.
All too soon there's more than canapés, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake.
Will Zoe win the competition or is Gideon one temptation too far? And is Zoe really prepared to risk it all for love?
I have recently finished Summer of Love by Katie Fforde which I loved and so when I got the chance to read her latest book Recipe for Love I jumped at the chance. Katie is back again with her beautiful cosy writing style which instantly draws you into the story. I am sure most of you are familiar with Katie Fforde's work but for any of you who have yet to read one of her books let me explain that Katie's writing style is like a massage in writing form!
What I found different with this book compared to her previous books is that it had more of a modern feel to it and with this it brought different characters. For the first time in Katie's books there was a character I did not like from the word go and that was Cher. This wasn't a problem as her character is not meant to be liked after the situations she put Zoe in but she really did grate on me and I just wanted to shake Zoe and get her to stand up for herself more as I am sure most people would in her situation.
Zoe was a very warm and caring character and would do anything to help other people even if it meant putting herself in risky situations. I also loved the character of Gideon the judge although I did find him very similar to some of Katie Fforde's previous male characters but it's that age old saying if it's not broke don't fix it!
The storyline was something completely different to the authors previous books with the whole cooking competition which is what gives it a more modern feel but not to worry if any of you are like me and love the cosy country setting that Katie usually creates as there is still a good helping of this throughout the book.
So yet again our Queen of cosy chick-lit provides us with another must read. Thank you Katie Fforde let's hope it's not too long for the next book!
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