Friday, 13 June 2014

Review & Giveaway - Just Desserts by Sue Welfare

Here's my review of another fabulous book by Sue Welfare and you also have the opportunity to win one of three copies of a Kindle voucher for this book by entering the competition at the bottom of this page. 


About the book

After spending a lifetime looking after her husband, Harry, Katherine Bourne has had enough. Every time she chops up her delicious home-grown tomatoes she dreams of murdering her husband. Why can’t Harry just have an affair with a younger woman, and leave?

Trouble is Harry has no intention of giving up his home comforts. Not when he’s been having his cake and eating it for years. Glamorous banker Carol accompanies him on business trips and the odd weekend away, but she too is beginning to think maybe life with Harry is growing stale.

So who’s fooling who? Harry, happy in his illusion that he’s a sex god and all his women love him? Katherine and Carol, unlikely partners in Harry’s parallel lives? Against a background of gleeful coincidences, cute Cambridge cafes and the unexpected joys of unexplored freedom, the women decide that revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

First published in 1999, Just Desserts takes us back to an era of shoulder pads and fax machines, and proves that when it comes to love and betrayal some stories are timeless. 


What did I think?

This was one of those books that I couldn't put down.  I just had to know what was going to happen next.  Nothing came before this book!

It's very difficult to talk about the book without spoiling the plot but I loved the character of Katherine and just wanted her to live a happy and fulfilled life.  I even warmed to Carol and loved the way that Sue built their unusual relationship.   Sue has an amazing gift of creating scenes that are so easy to picture as well as her perfectly formed characters that are easily to relate to and imagine.  I felt like I'd sat in Katherine's kitchen many times.

It's a book where I tried not the judge the characters, but Harry was the baddie of the story and I wanted to slap him right from the start!

A perfectly written book, with lots of funny moments and a few emotional ones too which made for an extremely entertaining read. 

About the author

Susan Welfare, is an English Romantic Fiction writer who also writes under the pseudonyms Kate Lawson and Gemma Fox. She is also the creator of BBC Radio Norfolk's first audio drama Little Bexham. She attended Downham Market Grammar School and has lived in Norfolk all her life.  'Just Desserts' was her second book and made the Times Best Seller list in Jan 1999, and has been released as an ebook. 

You can find out more about Sue, Kate & Gemma at www.katelawson.co.uk.

You can buy this book by clicking this link

Or you can win one of three copies of Just Desserts as Kindle vouchers by entering this competition:

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41 comments:

Librarian Lavender said...

This story sounds great! My favorite desert is ice cream! I would love to eat it every day!

Jan Brigden said...

This book sounds like just my type of read. Great title! X

Jan Brigden said...

What am I like? Forgot to add that my fave dessert is trifle. Lots of layers of pure yumminess to savour :)

Richard Randall said...

A simple lemon tart.

Tracey Peach said...

Blancmange because it tastes lovely & reminds me of growing up

Dee Blythe said...

I love English romance novels, I could indulge in my favourite Lemon ice cream while reading this novel.

maci234 said...

pastry apple pie ,have always loved it with a dollop of clotted cream

soozwales said...

Apple tart with mint ice cream.

Richard Hill said...

apple crumble is my fav,the crumble makes it so specially tasty xx

Caroline Blaza said...

Strawberry cheesecake as I tend to only have it in summer so reminds me of summer

Sandra Lane said...

I'm an old fashioned girl and I love my stodgy English puddings so a jam roly-poly hits the spot for me. Served with thick creamy custard of course.

Anneka Hulse said...

I love chocolate fudge cake with fresh cream, i really love the rich chocolate taste

Michelle Banks said...

bakewell tart and custard! yummy!

lynn heath said...

My favourite is raspberry pavolva. I love gooey meringue, thick cream and sharp raspberry!

Emily Carter-Dunn said...

Trifle because I love the layers and especially the custard!

Kim The Book Worm said...

You are all making me hungry! Some fabulous choices. Thanks so much for entering. Good luck. Kim x

kate kathurima said...

my fav is apple pie hot and sweet with some nice thick cream

Anonymous said...

Lemon pavlova. The pavlova is sweet and crisp, yet melts in the mouth. Whilst lemon is tangy and refreshing.

Rachel Craig

ann clements said...

chocolate fudge cake - just love chocolate129

Amy said...

I'm very basic, love rhubard crumble and cream :D

Sheerie said...

Crème brûlée....the crunch through the top and then the lovely smooth centre.....best served with a shortbread biscuit!!!

Sheerie said...

Crème brûlée served with a shortbread biscuit

Angela Paull said...

Eton Mess (with ice cream, cream, raspberries & meringue) What' s not to like

Reg Vandra said...

Strawberry jelly & single cream - so light & tasty

Nicola Holland said...

Lemon Meringue pie as like the sweetness mixed with the bitterness :)

sheridarby said...

love Titamisu - especially when it is really boozey

Liesl said...

My favourite is key lime pie, it brings back lovely memories of visiting a close friend when she lived in Florida, and it's delicious of course.

dragonfly63 said...

Chocolate ice cream with brandy snap baskets and maple syrup.

Linda Streater said...

I love Tiramasu just for the coffee flavour as I'm a coffeeholic

lois levy said...

not a great pudding person but I love baked apples - delicious

lynn neal said...

Knickerbocker glory because when I was a child it felt like it was nearly as big as me!

Joanne Higgins said...

Apple Crumble and Double Cream .... gorgeous xx

kate s-b said...

Trifle! Nice and refreshing but yummy too

kate s-b said...

trifle, refreshing and yummy

Samantha Bates said...

My favourite is something fruity like lemon cheesecake or mouse. I love how light and refreshing it can be

Anonymous said...

this book sound fun my is cheesecake
lisa ann tebbutt

Amie Scriven said...

Ice Cream Just So Yummy :)

Amie Scriven said...

Ice Cream Just So Yummy :)

Kim Dillon said...

Zabaglione - haven't eaten it in ages and it's a real pain to make, but it is SOOOO good :)

JULIE CAMM said...

Lemon meringue pie, love the sharpness of the lemon, and the crispy pastry...

Susan Carter said...

Strawberry Pavlova - sweet crunchy meringue, luscious cream and juicy strawberries, yum yum!