I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Forty Things To Do Before You're Forty by Alice Ross
Published by Carina on May 9, 2014
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction
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The truth is that Annie Richards is just too busy to fall in love!Running a successful cake-making business, acting as caretaker to grand country house, Buttersley, and not to mention single-handedly raising her five-year-old daughter is more than enough to keep Annie’s (flour-dusted) hands full! So can someone please remind her why she agreed to train for a marathon as a ‘40 things to do before you’re 40’ pact with her same so-called best friend?!With every hour of day already taken up, the arrival of crime writer Jake O’Donnell at Buttersley shouldn’t really have any impact on Annie’s day-to-day life at all. There’s definitely no time in her carefully scheduled day for daydreaming about drop-dead gorgeous authors. Is there?But between whipping up batches of her signature limoncello cupcakes, Annie realises that Jake, and his twinkling dark eyes, can’t just be ticked off her mental to-do list as easily as she though. Especially when it seems that no. 40 on her list could be creating a truly decadent wedding cake – for her very own wedding…
PRAISE FOR ALICE ROSS'a really sweet, enjoyable read that would be ideal for a relaxing weekend, evening or holiday.' - Jill Loves to Read
Seeing as Forty Things to do Before Your Forty is the title of the book I did expect the list to play a larger role in the story, instead of being part of the background, but to be honest it didn’t really deter from the story.
Even though this read quite predictably it was still enjoyable. I loved the encounters between Annie and Jake, how their relationship grew, Annie’s incredibly cute daughter, Sophie, and being teased with gorgeous sounding cakes. Although the will they, won’t they get together became a bit too much. It did get to a point where I thought come on now, don’t be so silly. And idiotic.
This is a light funny read which will keep you smiling through out. If you want to relax and curl up with a book then this is perfect.