Bella's Christmas Bake Off
by Sue Watson (Goodreads Author)
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 22nd 2015 by Bookouture
Goodreads synopsis: Two best friends. One big lie. The best bake off EVER. Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking - a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter 'Silver Fox' Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials. But this year things are going to be different. For Amy Lane, Bella's best friend from school, life hasn't held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy's husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever. Amy has watched Bella's rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella's latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy's mother's recipes, the gloves are off... After winning a competition to appear on Bella's TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember... A hilarious, heart-breaking and feel good read about best friends, baking and the magic of Christmas. What readers are saying about Sue Watson 'Laugh-out-loud funny, this book is exceptionally good.' Chick Lit Club 'I am a HUGE fan of Sue Watson and if you have a rather filthy sense of humour, and like a good giggle, her books don't fail to raise a smile.' Best Crime Books and More 'A talented chick lit author with fresh and unique voice and going on my list of all time faves.' This Chick Reads
Amy has always loved Christmas and she loves watching her old friend, Bella Bradley put on a Christmas feast very year on television. But there has been tension between Bella and Amy that tore their friendship apart. Amy tries to repair their friendship by sending cards to Bella each containing a recipe from Amy's mother. When Amy realizes that Bella's new cookbook is completely her own mother's recipes she loses it. And not only that, Bella claimed that Amy's mother was her own as well!
I started out this book really hating this Bella Bradley character. I was almost to the point where I didn't want to continue on because I did not like how Amy Lane was being treated. But I am glad I stayed with it because this book ended up being a pretty good read. By the end I wondered if it would be the beginning of a series with the same characters.
The tension between the characters was pretty tight and it reminded me of some of the people in my life.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Net Galley in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.