It’s all about cake …

Apart from my love of reading I adore cake, almost all cakes; well apart from coconut and coffee. So when I had the chance to review a recipe book on low fat, low sugar guilt free baking I jumped at the chance.

guilt free baking

The synopsis of this delicious book on amazon.co.uk:

Life is too short to feel guilty about eating cake, but if you’re feasting on baked goodies full of butter, cream and chocolate or the alternatives such as margarine or artificial sweeteners you’ll soon notice the downside. Gee Charman is from the new school of low-fat cooking. Focusing on using healthy ingredients with fantastic flavours, as well as good fats that actually help you to lose weight, she gives you cakes and cookies, tarts and tray bakes, and fondants and frostings that you can eat to your heart’s content. Rather than filling her bakes with artificial sweeteners or bland low-fat substitutes, she finds ingenious ways to add flavour and texture. Try Chocolate Cupcakes, for example, made with a delicious melted dark chocolate and avocado frosting (full of healthy flavanols and essential fatty acids), use tofu to create a soft, creamy Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake, or add rosemary to a low-fat Plum & Almond Tart to make it taste divine. Whether you want to whip up a simple treat for a rainy day, create a show-stopping spread for a party, or enjoy a romantic, indulgent dessert, this book will show you how you can have your cake and eat it!

After reading this advanced ebook I felt relieved that my prayers had been answered as I’ve been on abit of a cake diet recently and I can now have my cake and eat it! I love the little informative bit before each recipe. All the recipes are clearly written and have ingredients that are accessible to all, although you may have to look in larger supermarkets for some ingredients. The author has clearly thought about this book and has made it easy for us all to make slight adjustments to our favourite goodies, and some new goodies soon to become our favourite, and has made the end product a tasty, healthy treat. Can’t wait to try the recipes from goodies such as Victoria Sponge Cupcakes to St Clements Drizzle Cake to Mulled Wine Pavlova. The hardback version of the book will be a treat in itself as it looks lovely in digital format with tempting photographs. Would make a great present for all sweet toothed friends.

This delicious book can be pre-ordered at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guilt-Free-Baking-Gee-Charman/dp/184899205X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406658457&sr=1-2&keywords=guilt+free+baking

With the popularity of recent years of cupcakes and little teashops, bookshops have become full of wonderful, yummy foodie fiction books. The following two books I received an arc for an honest review.

Batter Up

The synopsis of this novella on amazon:

She mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste…

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. Each Monday, she mixes up a premonition to share with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, and sets one lucky man on the path to true love.

When reporter Jason Levine finds himself mixed up in a Las Vegas bachelorette party, he hears the strangest rumour: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously sceptical, and sick of frauds, Jason journeys to the backwater town of Buttermilk Falls to expose the baker and release the townspeople from her evil clutches.

But when Jason meets Emma, tempers flare and sparks fly. Will Jason cling to his logic at the expense of a future, or will he let himself fall under Emma’s spell?

I loved this sweet novella. Emily is recently single and has been working her heartbreak off by working all the hours she can in her family’s bakery. The bakery has a fun theme night of Batter Up, were all the local batchelors turn up at the bakery and see Emily mix a cake dough in the hope of revealing the true love of the chosen batchelor. The locals have fun with this night but have faith in Emily and her ‘magic’. When a stranger visits the town Emily’s ‘magic’ and faith is put into question. She also has to learn to open her heart to new beginnings. The book was filled with great charaters that were full of warmth and humour and fun. The story is sexy, romantic, fun and sad. Enjoyed it and would recommend it. We could all do with a little magic, faith and hope in our lives.

Batter Up can be pre-ordered at amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batter-Up-Robyn-Neeley-ebook/dp/B00LGDXHZK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406658975&sr=1-1&keywords=batter+up

love, lies and lemon cake

The synopsis of this hilarious romcom on amazon:

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a hilarious, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late.

Faye Dobson has lost her sparkle. Living on film star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can’t help feeling that life is passing her by. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars. But the wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza.

So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see the world. He is blonde, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake. Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles… Oh. My. God.

But is Faye being silly? What would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give up everything to be with him? 

This was the first book I’ve read by Sue Watson and I loved it. I love Sue’s style of writing, her honesty and openness, she’s not afraid to say it ‘how it is’ which is refreshing. This book was funny, witty and charming from chapter one and it continued with great one liners. The story developed into a wonderful life affirming love story and I got quite emotional towards the end. A delicious treat of a book that has you laughing out loud, swooning over the male character and feeling your heart break for the characters. Loved it!

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is available now to purchase from amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Lies-Lemon-Cake-Watson-ebook/dp/B00LAKWFC0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I love all the foodie fiction books and have read some fabulous ones recently, here is a pic of a few of my favourite foodie fiction, what are yours, would love to hear about your favourites?

fave foodie fiction books

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Cover reveal – highly anticipated new book by Lisa J Hobman

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
Release Date: August 21, 2014
Digital ISBN 10:163112062X ISBN 13:978-1-63112-062-6
Print ISBN-10:1631120638 ISBN-13:978-1-63112-063-3
Love is like a snowflake; beautiful but fleeting in its presence…
I’ve been in love. But I’ve also been lied to, betrayed by
those closest to me and I’ve suffered loss. Sadly it’s those last three things that stick with me the
most. The only real constants in my life are music, Angus my dog and Rhiannon;
my guitar.
But things changed when she
walked into my place of work. All blue eyes, curves and a warmth that could
melt even my hardened heart. I was
taken over by feelings that I didn’t expect so soon. Guilt plagued me and I
took my anger out on her.
On Mallory.
But I fell fast and hard and there was nothing I could do to
stop it. When she too became the victim of heartbreak I was the only one who
understood her pain but I was the last
person she wanted help from.

Would I ever convince her that we could be friends? And
would I ever accept that she couldn’t love me back?

So excited about this new book by Lisa which is due out on the 21st August. This book can be read alongside Bridge Over the Atlantic or it can be a stand alone, but to enjoy the story and characters at their best you need to read Bridge Over the Atlantic, currently available on amazon at £2.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridge-Over-Atlantic-Lisa-Hobman-ebook/dp/B00C6IXU38/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1PXERH08QP5CJ0XQSAMQ.
This book was Lisa’s debut novel and has proved highly popular and the book became a finalist in the RNA’s last year. High praise for a debut novel. My review on goodreads back in October 2013 quoted the book as “A wonderfully romantic, sexy, heartfelt debut novel. A story that took you on an emotional journey. Will look forward to more novels from this new author.”

Lisa’s second novel is currently on at a special price on amazon and iTunes till the end of the month and the cover has had a revamp.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Glass-Lisa-J-Hobman-ebook/dp/B00ESMDYCC/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1FYD0D7JHB480DQ6THC5
This was another wonderful, sexy story of friendships and heart ache quoting my review from goodreads dated January 2014 “Loved this 2nd book by Lisa J Hobman. It was sexy, heart warming, sad, funny. Lisa always takes you on a journey and describes the locations of her characters well and makes you wish you were there.”

Lisa’s third book is another wonderful story of friendship and unrequited love. The Girl Before Eve is “a beautiful story filled with sadness, love, warmth, humour, friendship.”
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Girl-Before-Lisa-Hobman-ebook/dp/B00HZRD8QE/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Lisa never fails to give you characters that you instantly like and fall in love with. The way she describes the locations of the novels makes you want to pack your bags and head for the highlands. I always feel like I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster after finishing one of Lisa’s novels and I’m left wanting more.

I can highly recommend all 3 of Lisa’s books and the highly anticipated Bridge of Hope due out soon.

When I met Milly

P1060988I recently met the lovely Milly Johnson, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author, for the launch of her 13th book,  The Teashop on the Corner.  I was lucky enough to be picked to become a member of Team Milly and was given an advanced copy of the book.  I was so excited to meet Milly at Waterstones in Meadowhall in June, she was just as I expected a lovely, warm, friendly Yorkshire lass. We had a good old natter and I got my book signed.

Milly’s new book was a delight to read and I believe it’s one of her best. The story has 4 main characters and a smattering of lovely characters that become caught up in these lives. The story is set in a lovely fictional village in Yorkshire which houses a new build area trying to generate new business. One of the new businesses is a lovely teashop/stationery giftshop owned by Leni. At first Leni appears very optimistic, friendly and happy but as the story unfolds Leni’s life isn’t all it seems. We then meet Carla at the funeral of her late husband were she discovers secrets that change her life completely. Molly, is a lovely lady in her 60s and is trying to cope with the constant interfering from her daughter-in-law and son, who seem very keen to rehouse her in a residential home, is there an ulterior motive to their concerns? Will, is a local roofer, who’s business has just gone into receivership. How does Will tell his ‘money grabbing’ wife that they have no money? These characters are drawn to the lovely warm welcome that Leni gives from The Teashop on the Corner and friendships are made at a time when they need them the most. The story developed wonderfully and was difficult to put the book down. At the end of the book my eyes were full of tears, my heart was full of warmth and it left a big smile on my face. It also left me wanting tea, cake and lots of lovely literary inspired goodies. I do hope Milly writes a sequel to this book as the characters evolved into a lovely little family that I’m eager to know how life continues for them all.

The Teashop on the Corner is now available at all good bookstores and the kindle link is here http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DX7IRW0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1X4JP18BSN3XD35ASVY3&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455344027&pf_rd_i=468294

Literature Goodies

Leni’s teashop in The Teashop on the Corner sold lots of lovely stationery inspired gifts. I’ve found a few wonderful sites that sell gorgeous goodies which include bags made out of book covers, literacy inspired jewellery, tshirts with great literacy quotes. Here is a list of a few of these sites:

http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/?gclid=CMjHjI-Grr8CFQIewwodsqQA2w

http://www.literaryemporium.co.uk/

http://www.bookishengland.co.uk/

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NovelCreationsfault in our stars book bag

I haven’t tried any new recipes just lately however, my daughter has found a great app for her phone, which is available on android and ios, its called Change4Life Smart Recipes. She’s keen to eat a more healthier diet and has found some great recipes. One of her favourites so far is Banana and Apricot Bagels. Looks very tasty and I may have to pinch some the next time she makes them. Until next time … keep reading x

Change4Life bagel