Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Stall of Second Chances

The Stall of Second ChancesThe Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food.

Not just with eating it – though she loves that too – but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs – until she’s left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers’ market.

Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot atthe story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a cinder – along with her relationship and her reputation…

I have been super lucky to have got a copy in time for the blog tour. This sounded rich up ny street, I love a chick lit and I love any books associated with food. So right from the beginning I thought this was going to be a book for me.

I read a lot of books and I feel that my expectation for a book to be good is now very high. Lately I have been left feeling a little flat after reading some books. This was not one of these and it was really refreshing.

This story is about Sydney, she is not having much luck in her job. She has taken the wrap for a mistake and now has been left with no job. She is starting to really feel the pressure and you feel Sydney is at a crossroads, she could pick herself up and get on with things or she could hit rock bottom. Luckily one of her best friends stops this from happening and forces her into covering a shift for her at the market stall she works on. Thus job at the Wild Yeast Bakery stall becomes more regular and although she cannot stand the owner and the hours suck, she doesn't have a lot of choice, it pays the bills!

From work in on the stall, Sydney begins to make contacts and her career feels like it could be on the up. This is brilliant, it has good pace and everything you would expect from a chick lit, romance too.

I don't want yo say anymore as I feel I would be spoiling it for you. All I would say is, this should be a book you read soon.

I found this a very easy read and it was really enjoyable. I also loved the recipes printed at the back of the book, I will be trying these out!

This was my first experience of Bate' s writing style and I loved it, I will definitely be getting hold of her previous book and give that a go.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

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