This is the third-in-a-row book that I have read by the Author. I had my doubts about this one at the start as while I am more than happy to sample home cooking its intricate construction and the ability to do same lags far behind. Five very different people with similarly different partners weave an evocative thread through the narrative although the competition seems an unlikely way to select a key member of staff. An all absorbing narrative and,for me, an occasional dip into the culinary arts. Wonderful.
A refreshing novel with a take on bake off only better. I did feel the story ended a bit abruptly though as one is left wondering what happened to the main characters, it would have been nice to know. On a personal taste level I felt the use of the f word was gratuitous and totally unnecessary but I would still recommend the book, especially, though not exclusively to baking fans.
I loved this book. On the surface it is about a baking competition. There's a lot of sugar and spice but the story isn't in the slightest bit saccharine. There's a dark side to it. It's about a desperate need to create perfection in choux pastry and rabbit pies when the personal life of the competitors is anything but perfect. For various reasons each of the characters sees the competition as a cure for their woes, which it isn't, but it brings out the best in them and gives them the strength and courage to sort their problems out for themselves. I thought the characters were well-drawn and engaging and I genuinely felt for them and routed for them. This an extremely confident debut.
Add five amateur bakers; sprinkle in an intriguing backstory and mix together in a baking competition. What’s the end product? A delicious confection of a story that will make your mouth water until you positively crave baked goods. This multi-layered creation is perfect for sitting on the sofa, curled up with a hot drink (don’t forget a biscuit or two – you’ll need them!). It’s poignant, emotional, warming – in fact it has all the elements of a very satisfying read. One to be savoured.
This book was so good it kept my interest throughout. The author writes about the personal lives of the entrants of a cookery contest in such a way that you feel you Know them. Weaving in the history of the woman who whose cookery book they are copying recipes from. Most of the characters in the book had great sadness in their lives but put a front on for other people.
Having read Anatomy of a Scandal, thought I would try Sarah Vaughan’s first book. I wasn’t disappointed! Completely different story, and really refreshingly good, I love the writing, the plot that winds you into the characters lives; you Completely lose yourself in the story
I finished the book yesterday and I really loved it. The more I read, the more involved I became and couldn't put it down. I love the Great British Bake Off, so I knew the book would be up my street, but it needed substance to keep me there. To my delight it had bowlfuls.
I enjoyed following the character Kathleen Eaden the most. At a first glance a "domestic goddess" living an idyllic existence, yet as you read on you see that this public persona masks a very different reality.
Aside from all the foody descriptions which made me salivate, The choice of words and descriptions had a lovely texture. An extremely moving and palatable novel.