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?
We meet Jax on the morning of her wedding. However, instead of it being the happiest day of her life, she’s about to cancel her wedding… by text.
Needless to say, she’s not in a happy place. She has support from her sister Caryl but not so much from her mother, famous TV chef, Majella.
When Jax gets the chance to go abroad to cover a cooking course for work she soon discovers a little more than a new passion for cooking. She begins to discover more about herself.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I’d not read any of Lucy’s previous work. The first thing I will say is that Hungry for Love made me very… well hungry. There’s so many mentions of yummy food.
We meet Jax on the worst day and what was meant to be the best day. She is a character I believe a lot of people can relate to. She goes on such a voyage of self discovery in this book.
I read this novel within a couple of days. The style of writing drew me into the plot of this book in a big way.
The characters are not black and white. They are all complicated, flawed, and vulnerable. There was one character in particular that very much pulled at my heartstrings. It’s easy to feel sympathy for these characters and as the story progressed, I really cared what happened to them.
Lucy’s writing has an ease to it as well as humour and warmth and as I’ve previously mentioned, there was also lots of scrummy food.
This book is a funny, unique read and whether you are a foodie or not, it’s one I think many people will enjoy. I recommend it if you’re off on holiday or want to escape for a while.
(Hungry for Love was released on 26th May 2016 by Quartet Books. Thank you to them for a review copy.)
Lucy is the writer of Hungry For Love, Invisible Threads and Happy Relationships. As well as being an author, Lucy’s a broadcaster, psychotherapist and documentary maker.
She has a two hour sex & relationship phone-in show on LBC radio and is a regular on Sky News Press Preview and Sunrise, ITV and she blogs for Huffington Post UK Lifestyle.
For more information about Lucy, visit http://lucyberesford.co.uk
Novel Kicks is a blog for story tellers and book lovers.