In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner’s cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up…
Liz‘s husband has left her for a twenty-something clean-eating blogger, and she’s determined to show the world – and her daughter – she’s just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can’t live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg!
Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary skills might be catastrophic – but could the cookery club have given them a recipe for happiness?
I always find that Chrissie’s books are feel good and can always raise quite a few laughs. This book was brilliant, it had everything I wanted, a good storyline, great characters and lots of laughs. Some of the things Liz gets up to are really funny. I liked the fact we hear all three of the cooking courses students stories, some of them are sad but how the cookery course helps them is just magical. I would definitely recommend this read.
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Could you spend two weeks at sea with your family?
Thanks to an unexpected windfall, the Bensons are treating themselves to a luxury cruise. With stop-offs in Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, plus constant entertainment onboard, it’s a dream come true . . . Or is it? Last time Chelsea Benson went on holiday with this lot she nearly went crazy.
Her mum and sister are convinced Chelsea’s boyfriend Adam will propose on the ship. Chelsea’s sure he won’t, but she can’t help feeling butterflies as they set sail. Is Adam going to pop the question, or will the only thing to pop be Chelsea’s ego?
After reading one of Chrissie’s previous books called A proper family holiday I was more than excited to read this book. I would like to say thank you Eleni at hodder for sending me a copy of this book, it is much appreciated. I must firstly mention the cover of this book it is so summery and lovely, it really put a smile on my face and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. As I have previously read one of Chrissie’s books before I literally felt as I was reacquainted with old friends. I am sure you can read these books as a standalone but I would thoroughly recommend reading them all as they are just brilliant stories. I would say this one has a very serious issues that are dealt with really well but it is still light hearted, I loved reading everyone’s stories. There are a few things which happen which made me chuckle too. After reading the last page and being a bit sad it had come to an end I did see that Chrissie Manby has got her next novel out in November 2015 called A Wedding At Christmas, which I will really look forward to.
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Could you survive a week-long holiday with your entire family?
Newly single magazine journalist Chelsea Benson can’t think of anything worse.
Your grubby small nephew torpedoing any chance of romance with the dishy guy you met on the plane . . .
Your eighty-five-year-old granddad chatting up ladies at the hotel bar . . .
Getting nothing but sarcastic comments from your older sister, who’s always been the family favourite . . .
And all this is before your parents drop their bombshell.
Is a week enough time for the Bensons to put their differences aside and have some fun? Or is this their last ever proper family holiday?
Ahhh I loved this book, having never read any of Chrissie’s books before I was drawn in to this story. I absolutely love the cover of this book, it makes you want to be on holiday somewhere nice and hot. There are quite a few characters in this book but do not be put of by that as each one has their own story but it all comes together in the end. I would love it if Chrissie would do a follow up to this book as I would love to find out how the characters are once they are back home. Very good author will be buying more of her books.