What the publisher says:
Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a hilarious, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late.
Faye Dobson has lost her sparkle. Living on film star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can’t help feeling that life is passing her by. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars. But the wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza.
So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see the world. He is blonde, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake. Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles… Oh. My. God.
But is Faye being silly? What would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give up everything to be with him?
What I say:
Without beating about the bush, I loved this book, so much so that I instantly started to read it again once I had finished. Faye is not your typical heroine of a chick lit book – aged over 40 with a husband and grown up daughter and the story is not a typical girl meets boy, falls in love, then out of love and then back in love again, all within the course of a few hundred pages.
Faye has reached a point in her life where she can’t help but feel that there is more out there to enjoy. Her daughter has grown up and gone off to university leaving Faye with her plumber husband Craig who shows more interest in the inner workings of the neighbourhood’s washing machines than he does in the inner workings of his wife. Over time Faye has become so caught up in being mum and wife that she has forgotten the ambitions and hopes she had as a young girl growing up.
As Faye begins to come to a decision about her future she meets lovely surfer boy Dan, over in the UK from Australia as he tries to come to terms with his past and future responsibilities. Dan helps her to see that she can fulfill the dreams on her living list both with his help and also alone, whilst Faye helps Dan to return home to his family and meet his responsibilities.
This book somehow managed to make me laugh and make me cry. The descriptions of how lost and alone Faye felt in her marriage brought me to tears they seemed so realistic (let me tell you that is SO not a good look on the morning commute) but at other points in the story I laughed out loud. I am now exploring Sue Watson’s back catalogue for another fun read
Rating 4 out of 5