Thursday, 6 December 2012
The Secret Supper Club - Dana Bate
Author: Dana Bate
Source: Review copy from Corsair
Other: This book was previously released in the United States as The Girl's Guide to Love and Supper Clubs.
If twenty-six-year-old Hannah Sugarman had her way, she'd be whipping up carrot cakes and running her culinary empire. Instead, she spends her hours cooking up papers on the financial crisis. It doesn't help that no one in her life takes her passion seriously - not even her boyfriend.
When her relationship implodes, Hannah decides to jump-start her life by hosting a secret supper club out of her landlord's flat. Her underground operation presents some problems. Running an unlicensed restaurant out of someone's home is not, technically speaking, legal.
As the success of Hannah's supper club grows, so do the number of secrets she is forced to keep. Can Hannah keep her pop-up restaurant underground? When mysterious guests turn up for dinner, can she handle the heat? Or will she have to step out of the kitchen? A charming romantic comedy, The Secret Supper Club is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.
It is incredibly hard to write about a book that you have thoroughly enjoyed. This is the case for me and The Secret Supper Club. I got it last week Tuesday, and was immediately sucked in by it. I started reading and read well into the night, and had I not had to be responsible and wake up for work early in the morning I would have read through the night so that I could finish this book. But alas, life gets in the way of reading as much as we want to. I read 120 pages that night, and another 150 the Wednesday night. Then finished it Thursday night. I absolutely loved this book, and it has been difficult picking up a book since, my expectations have just been so high.
Her life changes quite dramatically after she breaks up with her boyfriend, but that is when the adventure truly begins, with a Secret Supper Club and other activities that make this book a roller coaster ride of an adventure that has an array of delectable and delicious dishes that you wish you could be in the book to taste. I for one would like some of that honey ice cream.
If you are in the mood for an escape with a book that is quite real and easy to relate to and that may actually offer you insight into your own life, then The Secret Supper Club is the book for you. And as an added bonus there are several lovely recipes for you to test out. Do be warned though, you'll be snacking a lot whilst reading this book, the food mentioned and made in this story will have your mouth watering - so be prepared.