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Recipe For Scandal

3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Hilarious and heartbreaking in turn, the stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Love Affairs for Grown-Ups
Paperback, 370 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Pocket Books
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Arielle Walker
Nov 13, 2013 Arielle Walker rated it liked it
Cute. Also not horribly written (rare in this genre).
May 31, 2010 Leah rated it liked it
Twenty years after her husband Ed dies in a car accident, Alberta Granger finally feels as if her life is stable. She has two fantastic children and has been with Tony for almost twenty years. Alberta’s daughter, Hannah, also feels as if her life is great: she has a fab job in London, she has great friends and an even better boyfriend. Phillipa, Alberta’s mother, has an idyllic life, living with her former Government minister husband and the only thing that concerns her is the greenfly on her ro ...more
May 15, 2011 Fluffychick rated it it was ok
Life is gently plodding along for Alberta Granger; living in Bath with her partner, Tony and son, Jacob. The catering business keeps her busy, and the only cloud is the general lack of contact by her high achieving daughter, Hannah.
But Bertie’s world is shattered by the death of her father, the well-known politician, Lord Trussler, in scandalous circumstances. Revelations about her mother, also hit the press and it causes her to question how well she knew the men in her life.

I’ve ready a couple
Dec 06, 2009 Gerry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a light hearted fun read.
When this book arrived My wife branded it 'chick lit' and I never know if that is good or bad, after all she claims 'Con Air' is a 'chick flick'. She had already read a book by Debby Holt and said she enjoyed it so I settled down to read it.
I was surprised to find myself quickly getting into the story of Alberta and her family and their many varied personalities. Life is ticking along very casually for Alberta and Tony who are living together and have for many years until the sudden death of Alb
The Cats Mother
I don't read a lot of this sort of thing any more and I certainly don't buy them, but they do turn up in my book club and since 1. I pretty much read everything that comes my way unless it's fantasy or a war book, and 2. It's nice to take a break from violent death, and 3. Reading about other people's relationships always reminds me how lucky I am.
This is typical British chook-lit, although not particularly funny. The title suggests there would be more about food, and the heroine is a caterer, b
Oct 03, 2014 Harriet rated it really liked it
I thought this was a suprisingly good read, I liked the writing, the characters' dilemmas and it felt psychologically correct too. The book is deeper and more interesting than the cover suggests.
Feb 19, 2014 Chloe rated it liked it
A good book. Language seemed a bit too posh for me - I prefer something a bit more laid back which is why I only gave this three stars. Still a great read, full of secrets, strange sex obsessions and overall a very interesting read!!
Jason Lie
Jan 02, 2016 Jason Lie rated it really liked it
-Multiple storylines that interact in an engaging manner
-Variety of Characters
-Lack of predictability

-Slow start
-Not all characters are interesting
Nancy White
Ehhhhhh. This novel is all-right-ish. Nothing special. Doesn't suck too hard.

I don't really recommend it. There are better things to read.
Juliet Kanjukia
Jan 28, 2015 Juliet Kanjukia rated it it was ok
An enjoyable light read but that didn't do it for me :-/
Leanne Hunt
Dec 22, 2012 Leanne Hunt rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This book was enjoyable to read but forgettable afterwards. I had to read the detailed review to remember what it was about and recall the nature of the crisis that kept the drama moving forward. I found it a little disappointing in that I could never fully engage with the main character, and perhaps it was that the personal choices she faced weren't explored deeply enough for my liking. Nevertheless, the story flowed smoothly and kept me hooked till the end, so it must have been suitably entert ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Marie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Debby's description in this story but I do have to say that the characters didn't really grab me which is a shame. I did finish reading the book.
Purple Iris
Dec 26, 2014 Purple Iris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Lesley ^-^ Honestly Simple Reviews
I have nothing against this book ... it has such a low rating because I just couldn't finish it I struggled to read the first 3 chapters after tht I stopped
.... I'm sure this book is very good But it just wasn't for me I'm so sorry
Mhairi Claire
Feb 03, 2010 Mhairi Claire rated it it was ok
A story about the least perceptive and self-aware women ever to grace the pages of chick-lit. Oh - and her equally irritating family. Was very happy to finish this one
Rachel Bremer
Jan 14, 2010 Rachel Bremer rated it liked it
Nice and easy read. Not the best book ever, but entertaining enough to get me through a few baby feedings.
Jerlyn Ochoa
Aug 05, 2012 Jerlyn Ochoa rated it really liked it
I admit it was rather boring at first. The scandal and the revelations were so intriguing.
Laura Dobb
Feb 16, 2013 Laura Dobb rated it it was ok
Easy to read, but a total snooze fest. Not for me I'm afraid
Aug 05, 2012 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Interesting twists in the plot & unexpected ending
Lucie Crowther
May 19, 2013 Lucie Crowther rated it liked it
Well written, but nothing exciting just a nice easy read.
Jun 04, 2013 Amy6959 rated it it was amazing
Clever, witty, simple and enjoyable.
Emma Long
Dec 07, 2012 Emma Long rated it really liked it
excellant quick read
Saira Zobair
Jun 15, 2010 Saira Zobair rated it really liked it
A nice light book.
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Debby Holt lives with her husband in Bath. She started writing short stories when her five children were small. She wrote her first novel, The Ex-Wife’s Survival Guide in 2006. Since then, she has written three more: Annie May’s Black Book, The Trouble with Marriage and Love Affairs for Grown-Ups. Having been a spectacularly useless teacher in the past, she is fully aware of how lucky she is to be ...more
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