Amy Miller arrives at the blog with a re-release of her contemporary woman’s fiction title full of family, friends and food in
The Saturday Supper Club
An interesting story with our heroine, Eve, who has been the ‘nurturer and cook’ for her family since her mother’s death when she was a child. Worried about her father, her sister the single mum whose relationship history with Eve is fraught with ups and downs, and her own budding relationship with her childhood best friend. But she’s still confused and obsessing over her ex, Ethan, who left three years ago with no explanation and no contact. And when Joe, her current boyfriend, convinces her to step in as a last minute replacement for the television show / contest The Supper Club, she accepts halfheartedly in the hopes that Joe will find it a needed career boost. Who should be the first guest on the first night that she is hosting the dinner but Ethan, sending Eve into a tailspin, a series of lies to Joe, and a ton of unresolved questions. None of which her best friend and partner in her soon-to-be-open café, or her father think she should explore.
There is a ton of funny in this story that mixes around Eve’s confusion and determination to ‘hurt no-one’ with her decisions about getting a real answer from Ethan and keeping Joe in the dark about her worries, thoughts and dreams. With her father starting to move on, her sister more hindrance than help, her best friend’s move to Dubai making her even more insecure and worried about the café AND her ability to make it work, and her constant upheaval and attraction to Ethan with his, quite frankly, cowardly behavior now and then, the story is full of twists, turns and tears.
Add to this the other two participants in the Supper Club show: a gorgeous woman with a flair for saying and acting just to the left of ‘outrageous’, an older soon to be father of twins with a drinks problem and more money than sense, their dinners are described in detail, with often hilarious results, most from hands too free with the wine. With her family issues and secrets coming out, the final decisions are up in the air after Eve’s café opens and a series of grand gestures and truthful hard talk brings everyone around to a solution, perhaps one waiting for ages. An interesting story and one that brings friendship, family and choices to the forefront, it was an interesting and quick read full of laughs and drama.
Title: The Saturday Supper Club
Author: Amy Miller
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 9 September, 2019 (re-release)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Ready? Set? Cook! When four strangers enter a supper club competition, they have no idea who they’re going to be cooking for. So when they finally meet and two of the guests realise they already know each other, sparks begin to fly…
Eve’s world was torn apart three years ago when the love of her life Ethan walked out on her. But now she has a lovely new boyfriend, Joe, a cosy new flat, and she’s on the verge of opening her dream café. Things finally seem to be falling into place.
When Joe asks Eve to take part in a supper club competition for a local newspaper where he’s trying to get a job, she reluctantly agrees and plans an elaborate dinner for her mystery guests.
But, as she adds the finishing touches to her carefully planned menu, the first of her mystery guests arrives and gives her the shock of her life… On the doorstep stands Ethan – the man she has spent three years trying to forget.
As her past life comes crashing into her perfect new one, she’s sent into a spin. How will she get through all three courses with the man who broke her heart sitting across the table? And how does she feel about Ethan three years on?
As the Saturday Supper Club gets under way, Eve has no idea what to think now Ethan has walked back into her life. Who will win the competition? And who will ultimately win Eve’s heart?
If you like Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and The Flatshare you will love The Saturday Supper Club.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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