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Breakfast in bed TAKE ONE NEWLY SINGLE WOMANAt thirty one Amber is being bombarded with wedding invitations just as she's collecting her divorce papers and her bossy best friend has gone one step further and made her chief bridesmaid It's high time Amber regained control of her lifeADD A PASSIONATE AND FIERY CELEBRITY COOKAmber's joy at landing herself a coveted role in Oscar Retford's kitchen soon fades as she discovers Oscar is as famous for his furious temper and addiction to firing people as he is for the legendary meals he creates TURN UP THE HEATBut as passions start to run high and her past catches up with her it looks like Amber's cooked up a recipe for disaster ISBN? 9780751545494Genre? Chic Lit Romance DramaCharacters? Oscar Retford Amber Price Dom Price Lydia RetfordSetting? London EnglandSeries? NATitle? A joke about the kitchen environment and dating a chefCharacter Analysis? I think I'd guessed by the end of the second chapter that she would end up back with her husband because the alternative Oscar Retford was so wrong for her and it was really obvious The high octane stressful environment of a professional kitchen was a clever way to make the characters seem relatableGeneral Comments? This book really did have the potential to be amazing though it was uite predictable However I did uite enjoy the way Moran got to the end Moran did at times seem out of her depthRecommend? Not really could have been better Eleanor Moran is the author of three novels well she will be when this one comes out and I got my first taste of her books last year when I read Mr Almost Right I enjoyed the book it wasn’t perfect but it was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day or two So when I heard Eleanor had moved publishers and there’d be a new book in 2011 I was thrilled and I loved the sound of it I was incredibly happy to find a bright pink why they haven’t used the pink for the official cover confuses me it’s much eye catching than the pale blue proof copy in the mailbox one day With all my other urgent review books firmly out of the way this was my first book I wanted to readAs I was reading Breakfast In Bed I was wondering constantly what I’d be typing once I’d finished the book Sometimes a review writes itself sometimes I struggle it all depends how much I feel for a book Unfortunately Breakfast In Bed didn’t make a particularly good impression on me I can barely remember what I read and I only finished it half an hour ago; it’s not a book that will stay with me long after it’s onto my book shelf The novel started well enough I liked Amber immediately and I was very much taken with the fact the novel revolved around a kitchen it’s such a rare occasion for a female character in a Chick Lit novel to be a chef and we all say sexism isn’t rife in Chick Lit? I very much enjoyed the frantic pace of the kitchen and felt Moran covered it well and I definitely wouldn’t have minded had every single scene in the novel been set in the kitchen because it was frantic and fast and it definitely kept me readingI would hazard a guess that part of my problem to really feel the novel is the fact that besides Oscar and perhaps Amber the cast aren’t that well fleshed out Oscar is a Gordan Ramsay clone but beautiful although I did find it hard to banish imagining Oscar as Gordon with his swearing and his fiery temper is there no such thing as a mild mannered chef? Clearly it’s an oxymoron Oscar’s ex wife Lydia is the slim svelte beautiful woman Amber could never hope to live up to whereas Oscar’s daughter Tallulah is a spoilt brat desperate for her parents attention Milly Amber’s best friend is the rich girl with not a lot happening in her life at all None of the characters took me by surprise they were all conveniently placed Dom Amber’s ex husband is a slime ball and no matter how much Amber tried to tell me that he was sweet once upon a time I just couldn’t believe it because he just seemed horrible I know it sounds like I’m balling the book out there’s worse to come sadly but I just found myself disappointed by the fact the character’s all fit the Chick Lit check listDespite all of that though I was enjoying the novel I liked the way Oscar and Amber’s relationship was progressing I liked the way they were hot and cold together how Oscar called her Fish Girl There were small issues that bugged me but they were easy to brush away and for the most part the book was an OK read It didn’t blow me away nor did it set my world alight or anything but I didn’t want to stop reading it at all it wasn’t bad Until the ending Notoriously it’s hard to get an ending just right My main parameter for the ending of a novel is that I believe the two characters who end up together are believable in their love I believe in them I believe that when I close the novel they’re going to ride off into the sunset Sadly the ending of Breakfast In Bed ruined the rest of the book I was peeved I didn’t like the ending I didn’t believe Amber ended up with the right person I thought it was fifty massive steps back and I still can’t believe the turnabout Just no Many will probably love the ending and perhaps I can’t truly see why Amber chose who she chose because I’ve never been in that situation but I just couldn’t see it I didn’t see them riding off into the sunset I saw heartbreak in Amber’s futureAm I wrong to say the ending ruined the book for me? I don’t think so In a novel the beginning the middle and the end must all work together in tandem for me Most of the novel was OK But the ending was horrific To me anyway It felt like I had to try too hard to like the book There’s a big supposed rivalry between Oscar and a man named Angus with whom he used to work but I felt the rivalry wasn’t properly focused on It was just there and Moran could have done so much with it it just felt like an empty plot line hanging there I’m uite disappointed the bare bones for the story were there and I enjoyed the kitchen action and Amber and Oscar’s relationship but I never really felt for the characters and the ending make me want to be sick because I just couldn’t see it Moran has potential no doubt about it but I felt disappointed once I’d finished Breakfast In Bed I can understand the ending a tiny little bit but well I don’t agree with it I don’t agree with it at all and it kind of ruined everything I’d read up until then so sadly I wouldn’t recommend it though I’m sure there’ll be many people that love the book I just wasn’t one of them As I was reading this book I keep having this urge to stop and give up Not that I dont like the story but coz well I dont like how the story is progressing It was okay until I realized everything is just so predictable Predictable in a sense that its either a cliche or something overrated Oscar the chef with a deadly charm but with a temper that can blow the chili out of his kitchen Milly the bestfriend whose rich beyond imaginable and doesn't know what to do with her money Dom the philandering husband who blame it all on the wife for not having enough time to be around Lydia Oscar's wife the exact definition of vogue woman And etc So what made me continue? Its because there are things intriguing enough for me like is Oscar really sincere? What's the deal with him and the wife? Is Dom really a lying prick? And as I was looking for this answers I came across the scene when one of Amber's friend Marsha is having her engagement party when Marsha acknowledging her efforts and Milly helping out in the kitchen and then there's Dom making things a little easier for her despite the pressure So when Amber said I love my friends at least that part I sincerely felt And after that I soften up a little that when Amber was conversing with her mom about what happened to them and why they ended up distant to each other I actually cried Also I like the kitchen setting I can honestly feel the tension makes me hungry LolAnyway in my opinion I think the ending is what saved the book Although it ain't perfect like what the hell Milly and Oscar? but its believable Its not the ending we would all like but its a hopeful one Its a leap of faith trusting in a love that we once believed upon Being in a relationship is not easy and it will never be perfect but if we pick up lessons from all the mistakes whether the ones we did or the ones done to us we'll be okay And that's what this book's ending has taught me I can easily say my favourite uote from this book is very near the end of the story Milly is a great girl you know Amber Oscar defended her hurt I know Oscar She is my best friend I love that someone has tried to convince Amber that her best friend is a really nice person Ermyeah she is my best friend Just the justification that Oscar thinks he can even attempt to explain what type of person Milly isThe copy of Breakfast in Bed which I withdrew from the library consisted of 8 discs each one had 26 different tracks on each CD There was 16 chapters in total I have been following and updating my progress with the book on Goodreads and there are only 388 pages in the whole book which for some people is not a very long read at allThe story starts with the introduction of Amber a country girl in her early 30s who lives in London and has split up from her husband She doesn't know anything else than cooking and Dom She finds herself living with her best friend Milly a caring loving free spirited lovely girl Dom Amber's soon to be ex husband has betrayed her in an unforgivable way and she has left their family home and taking refuge with Milly Like any true friend Milly welcomes Amber with open arms and doesn't ask any uestions unless Amber wants to talkAmber appears to be a confident self assured independent character She works as a chef in London and gets a job interview at the newly opened restaurant owned by the notorious Oscar Retford Oscar is as famous for his pigs blood ice cream and brain stew as he is his fiery temper He works in a stressful environment always wants the best and won't stand for anything less Amber soon finds herself drawn to him she knows he could be bad news but could he also be the excitement and change she is ready for and frankly deserves? This is one of many incidents where I realise Amber is scared of being alone and will try to do anything to stop herself being alone but does not want people to realise these are her true feelings She needs someone to boost her up all the timeHowever Dom keeps appearing He keeps turning up at times in Amber's life when sometimes he is needed but sometimes he just needs to stay out of her business Although Amber is trying to move on with her life with Oscar she does make a number of excuses for him Whatever he does it is not his fault that he is angry or frustrated or that people don't understand his drive and his passion Yes I am sure he is a passionate man who cares about his profession and his career but he doesn't have to be rude and cruel to some of Amber's nearest and dearest especially Marsha Amber's school friendThroughout the story I wanted to tell Amber to grow a backbone for herself she went from Dom betraying her to Oscar constantly referring to her as Fish Girl I am sorry but if this is someone who is supposed to love Amber can he please stop calling her Fish Girl I understand people have cute sometimes sickly nicknames for one another but Fish Girl? Surely no one would appreciate a nickname like that that's just cruelUsually based on what Dom did to Amber I would never in a million years want her to get back with him But I just did not want her with Oscar he's abrasive rude and just not right for her Will she see the error of her ways or will I have to continue shouting at the story? Oscar still works with his ex wife and he has a tear away idiotic teenage daughter who just wants her father's attention and love not his money Oscar can't see this and finds himself throwing money at her and starting to lose his relationship with his daughter Amber tries desperately to try and help him repair the damage she has first hand experience based on her own relationship with her parents especially her mumAmber continues to work through her range of emotions and the relationships with a variety of people in her life both family and personal Will she repair any damage which happened years before and amend the relationships which are currently falling apart in front of her? Amber needs to decide what she wants in life who she wants and how she will get there I keep on hoping she will finally realise that she deserves better and her friends and her family are the ones who truly matterOverall I can say I did enjoy this book however it is definitely a holiday read on the beach Not something which you would read if you were wanting to get your teeth stuck into a gripping story For 388 pages it is an easy read and doesn't take too much concentration to keep up with the characters There are a number of parts which made me laugh and there are glimpses where I could see Amber coming into her own standing up for herself and taking some claim to her own decisions and what she wantsRead a range of other reviews I have posted at threeminutesfortyfivesecondsblogspotcouk

  • Paperback
  • 388 pages
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Eleanor Moran
  • English
  • 17 June 2016
  • 9780751545494

About the Author: Eleanor Moran

Eleanor Moran is an author and BBC TV producer Eleanor's Facebook page

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