Friday, 27 February 2015

That bittersweet lemon cake is to die for

Faye Dobson has lost her sparke.  Living on file star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can't help feeling that life is passing her by.  She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars.  But the wrinkles are mitiplying, her husband's passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she'll get to Rome is a take-away pizza.

So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli he can't help but wonder what it would be like to see the world.  He is blond, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake.  Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles ... Oh. My. God.

But is Faye being silly? what would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give up everything to be with him?

This is a delicious yet bittersweet novel, as the title suggests.  Faye is a women in her middle years (just like this reader) and so I can identify with her wholeheartedly.

Where those characters that are critical to the plot are well developed and the lesser characters are developed to a lesser degree (as it should be).

This novel is laugh out loud funny in so many moments, and there were equally heartfelt moments which this reader identified with.  There were also some moments when the humour was catered more for the adult audience, so be warned if this is not your cup of tea.  Essentially this book can stir emotions like a wooden spoon stirring that lemon cake.

Written at a good pace and the author deals with something what most women have been through yet keep behind closed doors with a light engaging touch.  It is also a reminder that we should not be so complacent with life that we just sit back and let it happen to us.  Rather we need to grab life by the hands and become an active participant.

The ending is excellent.  In short a wonderful read that I found myself lost in.  I will definitely be on the lookout for her other books.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I rated this book 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I really liked it' on Goodreads (4 stars) and 'I Liked it' on Amazon (4 stars).

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