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When newly single Sarah Peterson rents a cottage on Kit Roseberry’s country estate and swops cooking supper for rent, she isn’t expecting TV producer, Magda Holmes, to fall for Kit and his culinary skills, or offer him a slot on her TV show. Kit can’t boil water, but he’s got the look and needs the money. Magda is keen to go for a traditional feel, happy families, picnics When newly single Sarah Peterson rents a cottage on Kit Roseberry’s country estate and swops cooking supper for rent, she isn’t expecting TV producer, Magda Holmes, to fall for Kit and his culinary skills, or offer him a slot on her TV show. Kit can’t boil water, but he’s got the look and needs the money. Magda is keen to go for a traditional feel, happy families, picnics on the beach and birthday teas, so Sarah - along with her two boys - finds herself as undercover cook, and an instant wife and family for Kit’s TV debut. But what will that do to Sarah's fresh start, her new man, ex-husband and the rest of her life? Is it a recipe for disaster or does it have all the ingredients of a great romance? Cooking up a Storm is a classic Rom-Com, and includes recipes for all the dishes cooked by Sarah and Kit.


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When newly single Sarah Peterson rents a cottage on Kit Roseberry’s country estate and swops cooking supper for rent, she isn’t expecting TV producer, Magda Holmes, to fall for Kit and his culinary skills, or offer him a slot on her TV show. Kit can’t boil water, but he’s got the look and needs the money. Magda is keen to go for a traditional feel, happy families, picnics When newly single Sarah Peterson rents a cottage on Kit Roseberry’s country estate and swops cooking supper for rent, she isn’t expecting TV producer, Magda Holmes, to fall for Kit and his culinary skills, or offer him a slot on her TV show. Kit can’t boil water, but he’s got the look and needs the money. Magda is keen to go for a traditional feel, happy families, picnics on the beach and birthday teas, so Sarah - along with her two boys - finds herself as undercover cook, and an instant wife and family for Kit’s TV debut. But what will that do to Sarah's fresh start, her new man, ex-husband and the rest of her life? Is it a recipe for disaster or does it have all the ingredients of a great romance? Cooking up a Storm is a classic Rom-Com, and includes recipes for all the dishes cooked by Sarah and Kit.

30 review for Cooking Up a Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol W

    Sarah's life takes an unexpected turn in the road when she comes home to discover her husband is not working hard on his novel, but 'relaxing' with the neighbour. They decide that Sarah being the bread winner and working hard for the sake of the family, whilst hubby 'works' on his novel is just not working anymore. Sarah decides to take the boys and move away. Her friend, from work, helps her find a rental. A quaint little cottage on an estate owned by Kit. Sarah changes her work pattern to be ab Sarah's life takes an unexpected turn in the road when she comes home to discover her husband is not working hard on his novel, but 'relaxing' with the neighbour. They decide that Sarah being the bread winner and working hard for the sake of the family, whilst hubby 'works' on his novel is just not working anymore. Sarah decides to take the boys and move away. Her friend, from work, helps her find a rental. A quaint little cottage on an estate owned by Kit. Sarah changes her work pattern to be able to spend more time at home for the boys. Kit is the cheeky 'Lord of the Manor' who knows how to use his charm and incapability to get Sarah to help him, but he is so lovable and funny with it. Sarah and Kit are literally thrown together when there is a misunderstanding with Sarah's man-eating boss,Magda. Magda believes Kit can cook after he uses his charms to get Sarah to cook for a dinner party. So begins a pretence that goes from strength to strength and sees the pair having to pretend to be a real couple. With mouthwatering, detailed recipes written in Sue's own style that fit the country setting perfectly. Sue Welfare's books are always lovely to read. Her writing drew me right into the heart of Sarah's marriage breakup and I had to remind myself it was fiction. I was annoyed with Sarah's soon to be ex-husband and laughed along in amazement at Kit's cheeky ways. I loved it and lived it. Thank you to the Author for a review copy. This did not influence my review in any way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Really enjoyed this book. Felt like it ended too soon and I wanted more which was good. Almost wanted it to be a series. Great characters and a good story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Talli Roland

    A very enjoyable, entertaining read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol Ward

    Not for me. I found this a very long very boring book with far too many recipes. There are recipes after every short chapter. As for the story I wanted to slap the main character by end of second chapter. When nothing had changed I gave up reading this before I reached the 50% mark. Will be deleting this book from my kindle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Evans

    Good read Easy going story. Good characters and very useful recipes. Entertaining and easy read when you are relaxing. Will look at other books by the author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    A light and friendly read with a feel good factor. No big surprised but keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Baker

    I really enjoyed this book, I loved that all the recipes from the book were included. A fun story, with very likeable characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    When Sue Welfare sent me an email and asked me if I’d like to review her new, self-published novel Cooking Up A Storm, I jumped at the chance. I thought it sounded wonderful, and I adored the bright pink cover, I was so excited to read it, and I was quite disappointed to be so busy with work that I couldn’t delve in until the weekend, but once I started it, I could barely stop and I finished it in two days flat, which is a really nice record when I barely finish one Kindle book a week at the mom When Sue Welfare sent me an email and asked me if I’d like to review her new, self-published novel Cooking Up A Storm, I jumped at the chance. I thought it sounded wonderful, and I adored the bright pink cover, I was so excited to read it, and I was quite disappointed to be so busy with work that I couldn’t delve in until the weekend, but once I started it, I could barely stop and I finished it in two days flat, which is a really nice record when I barely finish one Kindle book a week at the moment! When Sarah Peterson walks into her house one afternoon, the last thing she expects is to find her husband Colin in bed with the next door neighbour, but that she does, and her whole life seems to be falling apart, as she also has her job on the line. She finds herself moving into a cottage owned by her best friend Melissa’s cousin Kit and as she tries to make her new life work for her and her two boys, she finds herself sucked in to Kit’s crazy world, where it doesn’t matter if you can’t cook – you’ll be offered a TV show anyway on looks alone! Kit is desperate to make his new show work, and along with producer Magda, they rope Sarah in to help Kit out. In return for payment, Sarah will teach Kit how to cook and act the part of his wife, but Sarah’s life is about to get a lot more complicated than she expected… I LOVED Cooking Up A Storm. Absolutely bloody loved it, from the first page to the last, there wasn’t a thing I didn’t like about the book! Sarah was a Chick Lit heroine I DREAM of reading about! She didn’t take any crap from her husband (even when he came crawling back; take note Chick Lit, it is possible to say no to a returning husband/boyfriend), she quickly found herself a new life after discovering her husband cheated, finding herself living with best friend Melissa’s cousin Kit’s estate’s cottage. I loved Kit most of all, his innocence, his charm, his boyishness, he was the ideal hero of the book and I just wanted to go and live in his big, ramshackle house. I loved the idea of Sarah cooking for Kit so he could have his TV show, and I loved how Magda forced them (sort of, forced is really the wrong word, but it works) to be a couple for the TV and I just loved how well Sarah and Kit got on, right from the get-go. I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved it. The setting, the characters, the plot, the writing, the recipes at the end of each chapter, it was perfect. I thoroughly recommend Cooking Up A Storm. As soon as you’re finished reading my gushing, babbling review, go ahead and buy it, it’ll be the best book you purchase, believe me. Sue Welfare has hit it out of the park with Cooking Up A Storm. I didn’t want to leave Sarah, Kit or the boys! I was so sad to come to the end, and I haven’t said that in a while. I really, really, really hope a new Sue Welfare book will be on the way REALLY soon, because I absolutely adored this one. I cannot believe she had to take the self-publishing route (which is ace, there is absolutely nothing wrong with self-publishing at all), I’m just a tad surprised a traditional publisher didn’t pick this up because it was awesome. Seriously, go and buy it, it is ace and you will not regret the purchase AT ALL. I loved it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was typical chick lit – a woman newly on her own trying to make it, a seemingly helpless man, and a romance with some cooking thrown in for good measure. It was a good story. Sarah is a good person who is doing the best she can given her current situation. I could not imagine going through what she was going through. Sarah is strong and knows when to give in to a situation – Magda and a job! – and when to walk away – Colin! She loves her k 3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was typical chick lit – a woman newly on her own trying to make it, a seemingly helpless man, and a romance with some cooking thrown in for good measure. It was a good story. Sarah is a good person who is doing the best she can given her current situation. I could not imagine going through what she was going through. Sarah is strong and knows when to give in to a situation – Magda and a job! – and when to walk away – Colin! She loves her kids and tries to do right for them given the difficult-ness of Colin. She even gives him more than she should in my opinion. Sarah is a great lead in a chick lit novel. I wanted the best for her. My favorite character was Kit. He was fantastic. I fell in love with him from the beginning. He’s that big kid that hasn’t really grown up but can be grown up and very aware when the need arises. He’s lovable and kind and funny. The interaction and chemistry between he and Sarah was well-written. I could see them together acting out this script for his cookery show. I could see them together getting along, but not getting along while she is teaching him how to cook and while he is helping with her boys. Colin is an ass, plain and simple. I cannot stand him and every time he came around I wanted to gauge my eyes out so I didn’t have to read his drivel. He was written wonderfully. All of his unbelievable-ness was believable. Peony was a trip, especially at the end. Shaun was a wonderful match as well. Magda was a hard-nosed boss who went after what she wanted, and she usually got it. The recipes all sound delicious. I’ll have to try some soon! My only criticism with the recipes is that the author should have included a recipe after every chapter, not just some chapters, or just left them all at the end of the book. I would have preferred to have them all at the end of the book. I found the recipes at the end of most chapters was quite distracting and took away some of the flow. Other minor issues with Cooking Up A Storm…some typos throughout the book. They weren’t plentiful but there were a few that stood out. And the ending wrapped up very quickly in the epilogue. I wanted more out of that. I wanted to know more. It was too quick of an ending for me. I almost didn’t get what happened with the characters. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like chick lit, and if you like British chick lit. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.) http://everyfreechance.com/2013/06/re...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    I have never read sue Welfare before but since I've got kindle I am "developing" new authors. New for me of course. It's such a pity that the cover of the book is black and white on kindle, because in reality it is so sweet that I wanted to eat it. There are many characters in this book but they are very easy to follow. The main character is Sarah who is a very nice ambitious working mum and who from time to time put me on the verge of my patience. There were moments that she was behaving like a l I have never read sue Welfare before but since I've got kindle I am "developing" new authors. New for me of course. It's such a pity that the cover of the book is black and white on kindle, because in reality it is so sweet that I wanted to eat it. There are many characters in this book but they are very easy to follow. The main character is Sarah who is a very nice ambitious working mum and who from time to time put me on the verge of my patience. There were moments that she was behaving like a little weak lamb, and although - in my opinion - she should and she could stand for herself, she didn't do it, and I mean here her conversations with Colin. Colin is a separate story, oh my God. I think Sue Welfare exaggerated a bit with this character, I guess there are not many men in literature that I despised sooo much. How can one be so self - obsessed with himself and how can he believe in this what he says? I have actually had some issues with Kit as well, the landlord of Sarah. From one crazy man straight to the second, although in other ways. He was much too cheeky for me, I didn't like the way he was and yes, he was a very nice, responsible, friendly man but he showed it in very strange ways. Sorry, not my type at all. Charm is something other for me. And this is why I was so disappointed with the ending as I was a big, big fan of Shaun. Mrrrauuu :) But the book is written in an exact pace, there are a lot of things happening and I didn't felt bored at all. Add to this some wonderful recipes and you've got a recipe for success :) This book is full of humour and of feelings. I have just a feeling that the ending itself was a little too sudden, there could have been more. So all in all it was a funny, warm book, worth reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I love a good rom-com book, and this book, with its lovely pink cover is just that, with some cracking recipes thrown in for good measure (I put on 2lbs reading this novel - buyer beware!) Sarah is a good mum, good employee, and a good wife until events conspire against her and throw her into a daunting new life, which she bravely embraces and excels in, with the help of her beautiful boys, Alex and Harry, a rather pushy power-hungry career woman, Magda (Maggot DOES suit her better) and the love I love a good rom-com book, and this book, with its lovely pink cover is just that, with some cracking recipes thrown in for good measure (I put on 2lbs reading this novel - buyer beware!) Sarah is a good mum, good employee, and a good wife until events conspire against her and throw her into a daunting new life, which she bravely embraces and excels in, with the help of her beautiful boys, Alex and Harry, a rather pushy power-hungry career woman, Magda (Maggot DOES suit her better) and the lovely, if somewhat childlike Kit, Lord of the Manor. There is some men in life that need mothering and a good 'man up' speech(Kit), some blokes who are nice enough but finish last (Shawn) and some specimens of the male gender who are just begging for a patio burial plot all of their own (Colin). Colin is Sarah's snivelling weasel-like ex-husband to be, who annoyed me intensely throughout the book. I wanted to scream at him, throw things at him, burn his clothes and generally poke his eyes out with a sharp stick. This is the sign of a good character, and he is certainly that! I really enjoyed this book, the humour, the description of the surroundings, and the drawn out romances which left me with no clue if Sarah would end up with anyone till the final bit and I highly recommend it. A great summer read, and the recipes interspersed within the pages were a nice touch too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    This is chick-lit at its best. Cooking Up a Storm follows the unravelling of Sarah's marriage to the self-centred Colin and the beginning of her new life at the beautiful estate in Newnham Magna. Her eccentric landlord Kit, gets in over his head with a TV producer and what follows is a gentle and humorous farce which delivers that delicious falling-in-love excitement, without adhering to a romantic formula. This is a novel for those who appreciate good food. There are recipes at the end of every This is chick-lit at its best. Cooking Up a Storm follows the unravelling of Sarah's marriage to the self-centred Colin and the beginning of her new life at the beautiful estate in Newnham Magna. Her eccentric landlord Kit, gets in over his head with a TV producer and what follows is a gentle and humorous farce which delivers that delicious falling-in-love excitement, without adhering to a romantic formula. This is a novel for those who appreciate good food. There are recipes at the end of every chapter and they are mouth-watering. For heaven's sake eat before you start reading, you'll find yourself very peckish before you get too far. If you are looking for a happily-ever-after experience that's well written, not formulaic and witty look no further. Sue Welfare has written well over 20 novels and knows how to tell a good tale that keeps a reader guessing as to where the happy ending will happen. Her heroines aren't written to type and neither are her relationships. For those of us who aren't 20-something, and know the perils that accompany being swept off our feet by Prince Charming, she ably describes the wonder of falling in love and the difficulties of having meaningful relationships in mid-life, without reverting to cheese or cynicism.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Philip Whiteland

    Another tale of adultery, with the obligatory child-like and selfish husband, starts this tale but the story really gets going once the cheated-on wife moves into a fairytale cottage with her two boys and becomes embroiled in a deceit with the Lord of the Manor involving television cookery. I really liked the interposed recipes of the dishes mentioned in each chapter, some of which looked sufficiently straightforward for even me to try (although I haven't put that to the test). Once again, all t Another tale of adultery, with the obligatory child-like and selfish husband, starts this tale but the story really gets going once the cheated-on wife moves into a fairytale cottage with her two boys and becomes embroiled in a deceit with the Lord of the Manor involving television cookery. I really liked the interposed recipes of the dishes mentioned in each chapter, some of which looked sufficiently straightforward for even me to try (although I haven't put that to the test). Once again, all turns out well and we leave the protagonist heading decidedly in the right direction. Sue Welfare always entertains and I'm sure you will enjoy this culinary offering.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I won this book recently and it was a lovely introduction to a new author for me. I will definately read more books by Sue Welfare. Sarah splits from her husband and rents a cottage in a lovely sounding village. The landlord is her friends cousin and he spends a lot of time 'dropping' in. He finds himself with a cookery show even though he can't cook- after asking Sarah to cater a party for him. There are some delicious recipes dotted in at the enough to try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Very easy to read story that was very enjoyable. However as someone that doesnt cook, having that many pages of recipes, and full recipes between chapters was slightly annoying, but I do appreciate that lots of people would enjoy them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jules (Never enough time to read)

    It took me a while to get into the story, but when I did I couldn't put it down. And I loved the ending. And Kit. And the boys. And I want to live in a big county home. I did think the book would have been just as good without all the receipes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marvel

    Cute and entertaining book - plus it has some recipes that I actually want to try.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Was a very pleasant book to read, not complicated. Would recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Howard

    Found my self laughing at this one I enjoyed it immensely. I love the recipes throughout the book too

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Browning

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Stott

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lilee White

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lois Edgar

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annika

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mayen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Nimmo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann Cooper

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia wall

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