Sue Watson weaves a tale of Christmassy cheer, intertwined with old secrets, lost friendships and family histories.
Bella and Amy were friends as children and lost touch. Their friendship ended suddenly around the time that Amy’s mum died.
Fast forward to today and Amy has just been left by her husband, works as a Maths Teacher and is frugal in her spending. She volunteers at the local homeless shelter too.
Bella is a celebrity chef – think Nigella, Delia and Mary Berry rolled into one!! Bella has a lovely lifestyle, a handsome hunk of a husband, a beautiful home and her own TV show. She is unapologetically drawn to the finer things in life.
Trouble is, most of Bella’s life is fake — and Amy wants to expose this, particularly the theft of her mum’s recipes.
By some miraculous luck, Amy is “chosen” to win the Christmas prize on Bella’s cookery show – and this is where the fun begins. The behind-the-scenes look at TV is obvious yet funny and on the money. The caricatures are extreme yet realistic. And the friction and banter between Bella and Amy is fun and adds to the story.
Long story short, the story comes together well with bittersweet reveals about their history and heartwarming rekindling of a friendship whilst helping others less fortunate.
An uplifting tale, about friendship and being authentic. Worth a read – will get you into the Christmas spirit.
MetLineReader rating: 4* Piccadilly
I received an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bella’s Christmas Bake-off is published by Bookouture on 22nd October. It is available from Amazon