Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, ‘What would Mary Berry do?’
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls…..
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling souffle that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?
What a brilliant read! There is a warning that comes with this book – you will want to eat cake and lots of it. This is definitely one for people that love’ The Great British Bake Off’. Great family life story, found parts in it that I could relate to. The cover to this book is amazing, I literally bought it and then made a cake, now I like baking but this has inspired me to bake more, maybe from a Mary Berry book. I loved every single character, Claire has written it well to touch on certain issues and I just found it a heart warming story that you just want to snuggle up with and maybe have a cake or two. A laugh out loud read.