By Stella Newman
Published by Headline (21 May 2015)
Love is on the menu. With a side order of lies.
When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she's only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she's been dating.
There's just one problem. Adam's job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.
Can the truth be put on ice long enough for love to flourish?
And how can you expect your boyfriend to be honest if you're not quite telling the truth yourself?
The Dish is a sweet 4* read, ideal for food lovers. Not to be read if you're trying to lose weight! Or at least, not when you're hungry!
Laura Parker works as a food critic, but keeps her identity secret so that she can give an honest opinion about the restaurants she visits. But when she meets Adam Bayley, honesty doesn't seem to be the best policy for either of them. Not a good start to a new relationship...
The Dish is an easy read with a well-structured plot. It contains observant narrative, well-developed warm characters and great descriptions of food. The story is a bit predictable and maybe a little longer than it needed to be. In certain places, there are email exchanges that could have been cut out to move the story along a bit more quickly.
But overall, I enjoyed The Dish and it provided perfect escapism for an afternoon. It's a far 'meatier' read than other books labelled as 'chick lit'. And it's prompted me to investigate Stella Newman's other novels.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.