Review: Susan Willis – The Bake Off

Susan Willis - The Bake OffThis book was a hastily downloaded free kindle book to fill up an empty lunch break, although I didn’t quite expect it to be short enough to read entirely in an hour! I was most disappointed that the last 25% of the book was actually a teaser for another one of the author’s books, I was expecting much more when I got to what turned out to be the end.

The book was short, but not particularly sweet. The premise of the book was basically a local version of the Great British Bake Off, a show that I love. Unfortunately, I found it to be poorly executed and it felt very rushed. I get now from reading the blurb that it was supposed to be a novella, but I found the details of the actual cooking of the recipes to be lacking in detail, and the main focus of the story seemed to be on Nicola’s crush on David and her apparent ignorance of Simon’s crush on her. The ending of the book was boringly predictable, David turns out to be a complete moron and Nicola realises how lovely Simon has been and they end up together.

I don’t really have much else to say about the book really since it was so short, but I do feel that it could have been so much better had it been twice the length with more detail added to pull you into the story. I basically felt after about 10 minutes like I was turning pages without any real connection to the story or any interest in where it was going and how it would finish. A start contrast to the last few books I’ve read.


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