BLOG TOUR: The Stall Of Second Chances by Dana Bate

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My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Kindle, Paperback and Kobo (released 20.11.14), AKA A Second Bite at The Apple available on Nook (25.11.2014)

Synopsis: Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food.

Not just with eating it – though she loves that too – but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs – until she’s left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers’ market.

Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a cinder – along with her relationship and her reputation.

My Review: I really like the cover of this book and the synopsis sounds fun. Sydney Strauss is stuck working for an ego maniac and frankly it’s a million miles away from the job she envisaged herself doing back in her college days. Food is her real love and when she finds herself out of work she ends up with a job very far removed from her dream.

Instead of the dream of being a food journalist she ends up working at a farmers market for Wild Yeast Bakery. Sydney is a funny girl and she comes out with some hilarious one liners in a weird way because she isn’t outwardly trying to be funny. I also fell in love with her boss at the Farmers Market Rick. Her background and history is told to us in snippets and when an interesting man comes along I felt myself holding my breath and wondering what massive blunder Sydney would make next.

I picked this up with little expectation, and found myself thoroughly enthralled and loved the book. There were small things that annoyed me but nothing major enough to mention. I must say that this is perfect Chick Lit reading and all you need is a comfy sofa and a hot brew or glass of wine and you are all set. A highly enjoyable book, and an author I will definitely be looking out for in the future.

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