A read that’s as light as a sponge cake

2011-02-23 00:00

WHAT a delicious book. While it’s not quite a decadent death by chocolate, it is at least a pretty chocolate cupcake. Written by Prue Leith, of UK cookery fame, A Serving of Scandal has a chefy bend and tells the story of single yummy mummy Kate McKimon­ who runs a small catering company, which is bolstered up with a good deal of contracts for dinners for the UK government and their guests.

Through serving up her flavoursome fare, she gets to know Oliver Stapler, the sophisticated Secretary of State, no less. A foodie fan himself, the two begin by discussing food over their customary glass of wine after each function.

It’s all very innocent except that the reader can tell that deep inside they are pretty wild about each other. One big problem — Oliver is married, so in truly respectable style, they don’t take their friendship any further­.

But then, someone tips the tabloids off about their acquaintance and the heat is on. Although it has all been very innocent, the damage is done, and Oliver gets a right roasting.

Kate loses all her government business and Oliver resigns and is told by a government spin doctor­ to leave her alone completely. They cannot see each other again.

Will Kate come through the collapse of her business unscathed? Will Oliver’s horsey wife accept the scandal? And what of the father of Kate’s child, the Australian hunk, who she has been trying desperately to evade so he doesn’t claim kin to her boy?

While a lot of fun, it’s all very wholesome and reminded me of the fiction we used to read in our mother’s Woman­’s Weeklys as a teenager.

For a read that’s as light as a sponge cake, has a bouncy rhythm and a fair pace, lovers of chick lit should try this. The best part is, although it’s quite delectable, its totally kilojoule-free.

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