Blog Tour: Hungry for Love – Lucy Beresford

June 29, 2016 Book Reviews 0

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Jax is about to cancel her wedding to Jonty. On the day. By text. A scrumptious celebration of survival for anyone who’s longed for love or felt unworthy of it, Hungry for Love will show you the importance of self-respect and that love can be found where you least expect it. Jax is the daughter of Majella, famous British television chef and author of Food of Love, a best-selling cookery book due for re-issue. But if there’s one thing Jax loathes more than her ex-fiancé, it’s cooking. So when her boss orders her to use the week she’d booked off for her honeymoon to attend a cookery course in Majorca, Jax fears her life cannot get any worse. When tragedy strikes closer to home, Jax is forced to re-assess her relationship with food. As learning to cook inflames her desires, she must decide whether her plan post-Jonty to starve herself of men is such a great idea. Maybe there is a recipe for love out there, after all?

What we say – review by Nikki Mason:

Hungry for Love is a masterclass in sensual writing and fulfilment and nourishment, in every possible way, are the values it winningly portrays.

Jax’s famous TV chef mother has always loved herself and her cooking more than her kids, leaving Jax desperate to please and with an aversion to cookery. In her first real act of rebellion, Jax leaves her superficial fiancé on their wedding day and starts an adventure in the art of pleasing oneself. Not only is her appetite for sumptuous foods awakened, but her appetite for love. If only her sister Caryl could learn to love herself too.

Jax’s journey of self-discovery is a delight to follow and she takes on every new challenge with gusto and abandon. Food is described throughout the book with such passion that I swear you’ll be drooling at points – it might be best to have a box of chocolates at the ready just in case. Juxtaposed with all this delightful excess, Caryl’s eating disorder does not feel indelicately handled, its origins explained well, although I did feel it was a little simplistic and too easily overcome.

But overall this book is as moreish and satisfying as a freshly baked loaf of bread – just try to resist!

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