The Dish by Stella Newman book review

the dishThe Dish by Stella Newman is available now in kindle format, audio download and is due to be published in paperback on Thursday 21st May 2015.

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When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she’s only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she’s been dating.

There’s just one problem. Adam’s job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.

Can the truth be put on ice long enough for love to flourish?

And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you’re not quite telling the truth yourself?

croissant and coffee

I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

Unlucky in love and aspiring journalist Laura has a secret.  When she bumps into the gorgeous, moody Adam and spends all day chatting to him she realises this secret could cause all sorts of problems for this budding friendship.  She finds out Adam is the top chef to the fancy new restaurant in the city that food critic, The Dish, has recently slated.  The anonymous critic for The Dish is none other than Laura … Laura is left with a dilemma, does she reveal her secret or keep quiet?  However, when Laura and Adam’s friendship develops all is not what it seems with Adam and he too has been harbouring a secret.  Can their friendship develop once these secrets are revealed?

Laura’s character was great, very funny and quirky however, at the beginning she was crestfallen and doubting herself after her failed marriage but after a few years picking herself up she starts to believe in the spark she’s felt during this first encounter with Adam.  A great banter begins between them and I love the author’s wit during this ‘honeymoon’ period between Laura and Adam.  I also admire Laura’s relationship with her boss Roger, its very much like a surrogate father/daughter relationship.  When things take an unexpected downturn for Roger it was wonderful and heartwarming to see this tender side between Laura and her boss.  The rest of Laura’s colleagues at the newspaper firm are full of character and quirkiness, I can just imagine the offbeat banter between them all during a staff meeting.  Its great writing from an author when you can imagine the characters coming to life in your head.

I always love a book filled with romance and food as they marry up together so well.

A fabulously, witty, heartwarming foodie fiction 5/5* romance read.

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