Friday, 27 January 2017

Louise's Review: The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

Reviewed by Louise Wykes

Daisy Delaney's life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn't proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.

That is until Michel's bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer 'Lucy Lovecake'. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake's new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.

As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers...

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First of all I need to take a moment to appreciate how absolutely beautiful this book cover is.  It’s a beautiful pastel pink and with its embossed writing it is as much a pleasure to hold as it is to look at.  I can confirm that what is inside the book is just as pleasant and sweet.

Daisy Delaney is at her wits’ end.  Her book has just been returned by the last agent she had sent it to and so her hopes of ever being a published writer look like they’ve all but disappeared.  She has split up rather painfully with her boyfriend and it looks like the rent on her flat in Primrose Hill is due to rise.  However a chance encounter with the successful but very rude and belligerent chef Michel Amiel sparks something in her imagination that leads her to have a brilliant new idea for a book she hopes to get published which combines the art of seduction with the fine art of baking.

Everything about this book is simply delicious, Daisy is such a well drawn and lovable character that right from the first page the reader is willing her on to succeed in her endeavours and she has the ability to cook, sew and be emotionally available to her friends that you would just love to know her in real life.

I really cant compare the style of this book to anything I have read before and that’s a wonderful thing as the book as a sweet, charming voice all of its own that will certainly tempt me to read the rest of this debut author’s books.  Like a perfect glass of Buck’s Fizz: bubbly, effervescent with a cool sharp tang.  I loved it.

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