A Recipe for Disaster by Belinda Missen @belinda_missen @HQstories #BookReview #HQDecemberReads #NetGalleyCountdown #Book602

Posted December 27, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

A Recipe for Disaster by Belinda Missen
Published by HQ Digital on August 7 2018
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley

Life’s not always a piece of cake…

Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…

Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small town by the sea, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.

But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.

Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?

This story was cute, so cute. I had wondered if it would go down a different route then it did and I loved that it stayed on the path it was meant to.

Lucy is our main lady, headstrong and has been jilted by her husband. Her hot husband who also happens to be now famous! Famous for being a chef, think Gordon Ramsay famous. He left and she didn’t follow, but now he is back.

This is my first book by Belinda and I loved this story that she told. A woman who won’t take any nonsense but also one who knows when she is wrong and I will admit I quite liked her even when she was losing her mind. Her estranged husband Oliver, he may be beautiful but I kept too-ing and fro-ing with how I felt about him. Did I like him? Was he good enough? Alas, that wasn’t my decision to make! This however made the story feel realistic, it was not a case of oh I love him lets be in love forever or oh I hate him let me run away with someone else. It was about two people wondering if they were able to still make things work despite what had occurred.

Once I sat down and started to read to this, I found it such an easy read to get into and lose myself in. I found Belinda’s writing so enticing, she writes as if she was having a conversation and I found that the book just flowed. As I said it was a cute read and a fun read and I know I will be back again to read another book by Belinda. I just found out this was Belinda’s debut, so if this is the start you just know it will get better and better!

Until next time xxx

Have you read either of these? Which one do you suggest first? xxx

About Belinda Missen

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. A reader from an early age, Belinda began writing her own stories shortly after her love affair with Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park began. What began as fan-fiction soon took deeper root, and she was scribbling out strange little stories in empty notebooks she found laying around the house. With qualifications in transport and office administration, and a combined career of fifteen years in these industries, Belinda decided to uproot everything in 2013 and return to her first love of writing. She now writes full-time, between cups of coffee, binge watching television, and feeding her cats and husband. In April 2016, she was awarded the JOLT Courthouse Youth Arts Award in the Inspire 26+ Category for her piece Obsession. In February 2017, her book Love And Other Midnight Theories clawed its way to the top of the Amazon charts in its category of Performing Arts, beating JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. True story – she has the screenshots to prove it. When not dabbling in the written word, Belinda can be found mentoring other writers, beta-

reading, reviewing, helping others to ready books for publication, and sleeping.

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