7 August 2014
Perfect Beach Reads - What Would Mary Berry Do Review
'Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, 'What would Mary Berry do?'
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?'
I thought this would be the perfect day to review 'What Would Mary Berry Do'* as I'm sure most of the nation was tuned into the new series that started last night of The Great British Bake off.
I am the biggest fan of the Bake Off and of the queen that is Mary Berry so all things pointed to me loving this book and I wasn't disappointed because I really, really enjoyed it.
I should point out that Mary Berry herself has nothing to do with this book the main character Marie just uses her as inspiration to become a baking goddess and to get her life in order.
This to me is the definition of a genuine beach read as its so light and fun and is truly funny in parts which is often promised in books like this but is rarely seen, that's why I thought it would be a great one to include in my book review series as it really will make you giggle.
It's also a really substantial size of a book which means that you can get stuck in and become attached to the characters, you feel like there is enough time to really root for the family and all the ups and downs they go through.
I love baking so much and after finishing this book I was desperate to get my piping bag and mixing bowl out to create some yummy cakes as you really get immersed in Marie's journey to learn how to bake.
If you are a fan of baking or any of the baking shows on TV you'll really love this book. It will make you smile and laugh in all the right places and it's a perfect book to escape into on a beautiful sunny day.
You can buy it HERE for £5.59
Or download it onto your Kindle for £3.49