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Gracie Porter’s life is in a tangle. Her television cookery show is flailing and her boyfriend’s affections are waning. It's time for a change....

Best friend Faith rescues her place on the small screen when she unwittingly lands them both starring roles in a steamy spin-off that becomes an instant hit. The new show is more about relationships, sex and stonking big vegetables than cooking.

Throw in a fluctuating crush on her surprisingly irresistible agent, Harry Hipgrave, an unlikely friendship with a pair of D-list models and a gossip journalist intent on making her life miserable, Grace wonders if becoming famous is all it’s cracked up to be?

Romantic, utterly uplifting and poignant, perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lucy Diamond.

©2019 Simone Goodman (P)2019 Boldwood Books

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A genuinely heartwarming story

I absolutely loved this book, and Imogen Wilde's narration gave Gracie a 'voice' (I alternated between the Kindle and Audible versions of this book but generally have more time to listen than read).

The London setting brought back some wonderful memories, and I found myself caught up in Gracie's journey of self-discovery. It's very well-written, with a lighthearted tone, and hilarious in places - I laughed out loud at some of her romantic misadventures, particularly with the sexy Carlos (oh my lord!) while inwardly cheering her on.

It's touching, too, with some poignant moments that brought tears to my eyes (that's how much I found myself caring for the main character!). I don't usually enjoy so-called 'chick lit', but the raunchy cookery show backdrop was loads of fun (and more laughs - sausage anyone?), and the story's universal themes around women, career, friendship and romantic relationships kept me hooked until the end. So I recommend this even if the genre isn't quite your thing, but especially if it is.

I loved seeing Gracie fall in love with her own life, and come to the realisation: "I’m grateful for the experiences that shaped me. They made me stronger. They made me love myself and my life so fiercely that now I know how to show others how to do it." Bravo Gracie!

For me the book could have ended there... except Grace still had more (mis)adventures ahead, and I would not have wanted to miss a spectacular final appearance of Carlos, or her further realisations about who and what really mattered in her life. A genuinely heartwarming story.

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