Monday, 19 August 2013

The Secret Supper Club by Dana Bate

Starter If twenty-six-year-old Hannah Sugarman had her way, she'd be whipping up carrot cakes and running her culinary empire. Instead, she spends her hours cooking up papers on the financial crisis. It doesn't help that no one in her life takes her passion seriously - not even her boyfriend.

Main When her relationship implodes, Hannah decides to jump-start her life by hosting a secret supper club out of her landlord's flat. Her underground operation presents some problems. Running an unlicensed restaurant out of someone's home is not, technically speaking, legal.

Dessert As the success of Hannah's supper club grows, so do the number of secrets she is forced to keep. Can Hannah keep her pop-up restaurant underground? When mysterious guests turn up for dinner, can she handle the heat? Or will she have to step out of the kitchen?

A charming romantic comedy, The Secret Supper Club is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.



Meet Hannah, she's working in a job that she doesn't enjoy, surrounding by people who aren't particularly likable, her only saviour is her best friend Rachel.

Hannah loves to cook and dreams that one day she can turn her passion into a career but nearly everyone around her doesn't view that as a suitable option.

When Hannah finds that her boyfriend Adam wants to end their relationship, she reaches a low point, until Rachel suggests she starts a secret supper club from her new apartment.
With a new focus Hannah starts cooking up a storm, but can she keep it up? It is after all someone else's kitchen and a lot is at stake!

As soon as I read the synopsis for 'The Secret Supper Club' I was excited to read the book.

Its a tale of food, love and self discovery.

I found myself drawn to two characters instantly, there was something about them which made me want to learn more about their characters and their story.

Rachel is a great friend to Hannah, spurring her on to achieve her goals and follow her dreams. She's always there when Hannah needs her.

Then we have Blake, Hannah's landlord. The guy who helps Hannah realise that she needs to start living her life for her, not for her parents.
Blake is one of the good guys and you can feel that throughout the story.

Don't get me wrong I liked Hannah but at times I wanted to give her a reality check. She was pining after Adam who frankly didn't deserve her, she let's her parents dictate her life path to her and sometimes she is so wrapped up in her own issues she misses when people are trying to talk to her and what's right under her nose.
I liked Hannah when she owned up to who she is.

The story definitely got me thinking about how you need to live you life for you and no one else, I found the message to be 'if you can dream it then go for it, it may not work out but at least you can say you tried'

It's a delicious book that will leave your mouth-watering with its food descriptions and your imagination whirring with the story it tells.

A lovely touch is the supper club recipes, for the inspired amongst us who want to have a go at some of Hannah's favourite dishes.

Grab a nice glass of wine and 'The Secret Supper Club' its time to feed your imagination!

5/5

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