Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde
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 canapes, 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?
Katie Fforde is one of my favorite authors. If I want a nice easy read, which leaves you with a nice feeling and one to relax with, I always pick up one of her books!
Recipe for Love is based around a television cookery programme - think Masterchef but is set in a old country house. We follow the story of Zoe, one of the contestants on the show. There are lots of devious tactics, false friendships and a good love story - one which shouldn't happen and which will keep you on the edge of your seats until the final page!
There is a great cast of characters within this book - I loved Fenella, the heavily pregnant owner of the house, and her husband Rupert. The contestants on the cookery competition were a great representation of the contestants that appear on our television screens. There were the television crew and judges along with the locals. Something for everyone to love and hate.
As with all of Katie's books, the writing is fantastic and the story plausible - I am sure there is lots of things that go on behind the scenes that never get to screen or the public find out about. I would love to be a fly on the wall of one of these shows.
I would recommend this book to all Katie Fforde fans but also to lovers of chick lit at its best. Perfect to relax with on a long spring afternoon or curl up with on a cold evening.