Today it’s my turn on the Random Things Tours blog tour for Sara Madderson’s brilliant debut novel Food for Thought. I’d like to thank Sara very much for my gifted (and signed!) copy – just look at that gorgeous pink cover! 🍓
The blurb …
“The Daily Post has got hold of some pap shots of me. They’re fairly… damning.”
What do you do when the person you love threatens everything you’ve worked for?
Evelyn Macleod has spent a decade helping her husband, charismatic TV chef Seb Macleod, to become a household name. Now they’re riding high and enjoying the spoils of their success. When a tabloid forces Seb to come out as gay, Evelyn and her young son flee to a friend’s luxury resort in rural Kent. Sorrel Farm is the perfect place to hide out, decompress from her disciplined London lifestyle, and comfort-eat. The enforced break also throws into question everything that Evelyn has worked so hard for. Should she continue to chase the glittering heights of wealth and power in London? Or should she choose balance—and the chance to find love—in the beautiful English countryside?
My review …
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a fabulous escape into a world of glamorous lifestyles, gorgeous food and a rural retreat – what’s not to love?
Successful businesswoman Evelyn seems to have the perfect life. She is rich and beautiful. She lives in a stunning house in Holland Park, is married to handsome celebrity chef Seb Mcleod and is the mother to a darling eight-year-old son, Eddie. They are described as The Beckhams of the Food World. That is until a national newspaper threatens to out Seb as gay and throws a spanner in the works of her perfectly controlled life. Evelyn is devastated by these revelations, made worse by the fact that the whole world comes out in sympathy for Seb, while she is left forgotten. So she escapes to her best friend’s luxury resort, Sorrell Farm, to give her some precious time to think away from the paps.
‘Her husband is gay,
she’s going to need carbs’
Evelyn and Eddie adjust to a different pace of life on the farm. She learns to relax and enjoy spending quality time with Eddie and her friends. She falls in love with her surroundings and indulges in lots of previously forbidden wine and cake and she also catches the eye of handsome farmer Angus. However, she misses the bright lights of the big city and so Evelyn has some big decisions to make.
Evelyn’s best friend Jess runs the farm with her wife Zoe. I absolutely loved these characters, Jess is hysterical and a brilliant friend to Evelyn, the dialogue between these two is fantastic. Zoe’s passion for organic farming and cooking is a major theme in this story. The descriptions of the food and wine are exquisite and will have your mouth watering and tummy rumbling all the way through. Equally the descriptions of the farm and lifestyle at the resort are beautiful and envy inducing. I also really enjoyed a glimpse into the world of business, marketing and PR. A lot of the book is based around women in business and I loved these strong and successful female characters.
I was entertained from start to finish by the world of celebrity in this book but what I loved most was the warm, witty and intelligent writing and the ending which left me smiling from ear to ear.
Now I can’t wait to read Sara’s second book – Parents and Teachers 🥂
About the author …
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.
Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.
Metamorphosis is Sara’s first book. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she’s now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She’s enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she’s enjoyed the writing process itself. She’s now completely hooked on writing!
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