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What Would Mary Berry Do?

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,275 ratings  ·  183 reviews
For fans of The Great British Bake Off, this is a story about family life, unfriendly rivalry and flat Victoria sponges.

Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter
Paperback, 421 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Pan Macmillan
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Emily Bradley-dorman
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm actually a little bit in love with this book! What Would Mary Berry Do? is a fun and quirky story that doesn't sugar coat a single damn thing... well other than the cakes that is! It's laugh out loud funny in places and 100% unputdownable with a heart-warming and stereotypically British family at it's core.

Marie Dunwoody is a working mum of three (Angus 15 and brooding and the twins Iris & Rose, 9 and mischievous) with a full-time job and a husband to boot. She doesn't exactly have time to b
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!! I haven't read anything by Claire Sandy before and after this I feel I want to read more!! This is a lighthearted but very well written book with great characters. The main character - Marie and her husband Robert are immensely likeable and very real. Their twin daughters were great fun and the teenage son Angus and his admirer Chloe were oh so real!! At times I laughed out loud at some of the events that happened. Aileens description of the male member and sex is hil ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As a fan of The Great British Bake Off, I requested this book from NetGallery and in a little twist of fate, started reading just as the programme returned.

Marie has a busy and chaotic life, but is happy with it. She has a great family, she works her dream jobs as a dentist and has two great assistants. She isn’t very good at baking though, and after her failed attempt to do a showstopper for a school event, she is determined to learn how to bake. Her neighbour, Lucy, however is very good at bak
Selah Pike
This book was way too long for what it was, super predictable, and there wasn’t nearly enough Bake-off involved. It was also a quick, easy, and fun read.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on:>http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

What Would Mary Berry Do? was an utterly brilliant book, that I just could not get enough of! I will point out that this is a complete work of fiction and nothing to do with The Great British Bake Off, although it got me really excited to watch it again, so it definitely a must read book for fans of Mary Berry and #GGBO.

Also how utterly delicious does that cover look?! If that is not enough to just convince you to pick this book up, h
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Once again having failed to produce a showstopper cake for the school fair, Marie Dunwoody, wife, mother and dentist, vows that next year she will deliver a masterpiece that her children can be proud of. With Mary Berry's Baking Bible in hand, and spurred on by an imagined rivalry with neighbour Lucy Gray, Marie is determined to work her way through the recipe book for the next year and return triumphant.

Despite first impressions, What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy is about much more than
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Warning – this book will make you want to have your cake and eat it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Marie is happily married with great kids, and passionate about her work as a dentist. A baking disaster at the school fete leads her to a decision – she is going to embrace baking with the help of Mary Berry, who is going to become her guru. We then follow her over the next year, watching her progress in the cake department as well as everything else life throws at her. I particularly enjoyed it w
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy in exchange for an honest review.

Marie and her husband Robert are parents to a teenager and nine year old twins. Marie can make a cake to save her life, while it seems that her neighbor Lucy seems to have a knack for creating any desert known to man. Marie is determined to be a culinary genius and Mary Berry is her new friend, while her husband Robert’s career seems precarious her decides to bake up some treats to sweeten up his boss
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, 2014
How often does it happen to you that you want to eat the cover? It was the case here, the cake on the cover looks maybe not perfect but so, soo, soooo delicious! Having said that, I have just made it to my Cover of the Month. And actually, not only the cover did it for me, after reading the blurb I knew that this is my sort of book. Well, there is everything I love: baking, cooking, cakes, crazy family with moody teenagers and very direct twins. And I was totally right, it was a brilliant, enter ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute book. Love that in a book the main character has a strong marriage. The book involved a year of Marie & her life & how discovering a cookbook by Mary Berry, became determine to make her family proud of her baking skills. The story told the tapestry of the daily life of Marie her husband Robert , kids , & neighbors. Each character has their own story going on & all tied together in the end. Really great book. Charming & loved the strong normal family life ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet read.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delicious read! Just what I needed.
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am delighted to be kicking off the tour for What Would Mary Berry Do? My post today is a review, but make sure to stop by the other tour stops to see what fabulous things they have for you.

When I received What Would Mary Berry Do? in the post I was intrigued over what it was about, and immediately felt hungry from seeing this amazing, if somewhat wonky, cake on the cover. When I was asked to participate in the blog tour I quickly accepted, and moved this book up to the top of my TBR pile.

Suze Lavender
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marie has a busy and chaotic life and she's happy with it. She has a great family, she loves her husband and her three children very much. She works as a dentist, which is her dream job, and she has two great assistants. She isn't very good at baking though. When she needs to provide the showstopper at a school event she fails miserably with old store bought cakes. Her neighbor Lucy however is good at baking. She's pretty and immaculate plus she is calm and on top of things. She wants Marie to k ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it

Who exactly is Mary Berry? Baking goddess? Celebrity baker? Bestselling cookbook writer? TV host? All of the above, people. I was so excited to get into Claire Sandy’s debut novel, What Would Mary Berry Do? and being a fan of food-themed books, it was such a treat from the beginning to the end!

What Would Mary Berry Do? follows the story of wife and mother of three, Marie Dunwoody who has the perfect life. Sort of. She has the most loving husband, a gorgeous house
Silpa Kohler
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm going to give this 3.5/5, so we'll round it up to 4. It started off well and there were a few jokes that made me laugh out loud but as I mentioned in one of my updates, it got a bit slow around the 2/3rd mark; I felt like I was treading water with all of the story lines being set up for the big reveal at the end.


Naturally for a rom-com chick-lit book such as this, *everything* has to work out in the end. Lucy and Tod split and Lucy starts eating (shock, horror) and selling her anti
Laura Simpson
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A 4/4.5 book at the end. This book had a slow start for me and I disagree that the book had a laugh on every page. But once I got into the book I loved it! I loved the journey,
The friendships, the relationships all surrounding the story. This book tells the journey of Marie, someone who buys cakes to bring to the summer fair and can't bake and she undertakes a journey to be able to produce a showstopper for the next year after a disastrous one. Each chapter flits between perspectives which is so
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Calling all Bake Off fans!! You'll love this. A brand new fun, fiction book paying homage to the Berry - 'What Would Mary Berry Do?' is the tale of Marie Dunwoody, mother of three, there's not much she can't do but the art of baking eludes her. Runny meringues, rock hard biscuits - she's determined to make a change, she turns to the Queen of cakes, Mary Berry, vowing to follow the Berry recipes to the letter. But as Marie asks 'what would Mary Berry do?' with baking, she realises that maybe the ...more
Sean Randall
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"When a creature that licks its lips at a snotty tissue refuses your cooking, it hurts. "

I'm not an overly fluffy sort of person, but this spot-on, precision-targeted, unerringly accurate portrayal of family life in Britain was so gorgeously captivating that I literally couldn't put it down. I even went back to reread sentences, just to laugh at them again. I don't even watch GBBO, but of course I know the names and that was, truly, enough. Of course I have seen An Officer and a Gentleman, but e
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2014
This was a lovely read. After having to resort to putting a few battered boxes of fondant fancies onto a cupcake stand- Marie vows to master this baking lark. She chooses her 'guru'- Mary Berry. Her neighbour Lucy always seems to make the perfect cake without hours of fretting and disasters.

Robert, Marie's husband is worried about losing his job and alongside Marie turns to baking- but chooses the more manly Paul Hollywood to emulate!

The book goes through the year marked by several baking advent
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Delightful, amusing, and despite the frivolous title and wobbly cake on the cover there is more to this than meets the eye. Marie is a lovely main character and her family are easily likeable, her neighbours and work colleagues are all believable. Family life, friendship, love all pulled together under the therapeutic link of baking and eating cake.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I tried, and didn’t like it. And didn’t finish it. There was a lot of conversation going on and the narration part made it confusing. I had a hard time trying to understand the story. Not my kind of book
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut novel, and has left me wanting a sequel. Really hoping there is a follow up to this.
Alison Winter
Tbh I was disappointed, if it cut out the many chapters that said nothing it would make a fab short story
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd high hopes for this story but sadly they were dashed. The characters weren't interesting or memorable and the story could only keep me interested a few chapters at a time.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Combination of chic lit and baking- two of my faves!
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Would Mary Berry Do? written by Claire Sandy for me were a brilliant read and an even better audio version. The main character Marie is a wonderful character and for me, she was a typical working mother which made the book even more special. Marie runs and owns her own Dental practice, she is wonder woman as far as I am concerned as her love of her children never comes second to anything.
The storyline takes place over the period of year, starting at a School fete when her adorable twins ann
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent and side splitting read from this wonderful author. So, so many "laugh out loud" moments on every page.
Marie Dunwoody, hubby Robert, twins Iris and Rose and son Angus and mad dog Prinny, live in Caraway close where there are a real mix of delightful neighbours (Especially Mrs Gnome)! Marie is a hard working Mum who runs her own dental practice with the help of Lynda the receptionist and Aileen the dental nurse who is more of a hindrance than a help (just check out this characte
Rachel Poynter
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This obviously had the makings of something wonderful....baking, reading and Mary Berry. To my utter dismay, I just wasn't that into it. I didn't go in expecting a lot. I bake by profession and I realize that this is in no shape, form or fashion a 'serious baking' book. I was hoping for something a little more substantial. My biggest problem with this one was how long it was. I feel as if I've been reading it FOREVER and nothing really happened until the last 20 pages. If that's the case, in my ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
If you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off, or a fan of British chick-lit, this book is for you. I thought it was utterly delightful; Marie, the dentist who aspires to learn to bake, her salesman husband, Robert, who also takes up baking to relieve the stress he's feeling in his job; Angus, their teenage son with a secret internet girlfriend: Rose and Iris, the twin girls who are in turn devils and angels; Lucy, the perfect housewife across the street, and Chloe, Lucy's stepdaughter who is i ...more
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