Today I am so thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Love, Lies and Wedding Cakes by Sue Watson. Huge thanks to Kim from Bookouture for inviting me to join the tour.
An absolutely hilarious, laugh-‘til-you-cry, romantic comedy about how life never quite goes to plan…
Faye is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan is the man of her dreams. And he’s just asked her to marry him.
But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. Faye and Dan, on the other hand, have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars… They’ve never argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.
Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her as happy as Dan – simply isn’t an option.
Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?
The most screamingly-funny romantic comedy of the summer – about secrets, second chances and following your heart. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson
Everything is going well for Faye until her boyfriend Dan drops a huge bombshell. He is going back to Australia and he wants Faye to go with him…..as his wife!
The dilemma Faye finds herself in is one that so many women will relate to. Does she go with the love of her life, or stay at home where she is desperately needed by her daughter and granddaughter? The agonising decision Faye faces had me gripped completely. I debated what I would do in the same situation and I couldn’t decide, but women make these choices every day.
As well as the thought-provoking, heart-wrenching events, Sue Watson manages to lace the story with some hilarious interludes. One minute you are fighting back the tears, the next giggling outrageously. The burning question is..how does this work? well, it just does! It’s pure genius the way the story takes you from one emotion to another so seamlessly and smoothly.
Most of the comedy comes from Faye’s four-year-old granddaughter Rosie. I adored the relationship between Faye and Rosie, those two know how to have fun! Rosie is so bright and her innocent potty mouth makes you cringe and laugh hysterically at the same time!
Faye’s friends also provide plenty of comedy moments and the hair salon is a hive of gossip, revelations and high jinx. Despite the innuendoes and brashness you just know that they would all take a bullet for Faye.
The reason I loved this book so much was that it gives a massive high five to the older woman, It’s so good to have a mature main character who has a great sense of fun and adventure and a healthy sex drive. Faye juggles work, studying for a degree and looking after her family but she may have to sacrifice a once in a lifetime relationship because the need to be there for her own flesh and blood is so strong.
A highly recommended read, it’s ‘bruddy’ brilliant!
Thank you to Bookouture and Sue Watson for providing me with a copy which I have reviewed honestly.
About the author:
Sue Watson was a journalist then a TV Producer at the BBC until she realised that instead of working, she could stay at home, and write about exciting things like foreign travel and cake!
So far Sue’s written twelve books, and some have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese (she’s big in Brazil!) Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where her days are spent baking (and eating) lots of cake, while making big life decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Salted Caramel ice cream while watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.