Book review: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Book cover for Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

I requested this book from Netgalley because I’d read Boyfriend Material last year and really enjoyed it. I was not disappointed.

Rosaline Palmer is a single mum who feels like she’s failed at life – even though she’s being a great mum to an awesome kid. On a whim, she enters Bake Expectations (which is GBBO by another name, really). The story charts her journey from being a shy and timorous newbie to a confident amateur baker, which her love life charting a course alongside the competition.

I enjoyed this book immensely and it made me chuckle out loud several times. It deals with some darker subjects (like sexual assault) as well – I particularly liked the way Rosaline dealt with the perpetrator of the assault when they called in the middle of the night to beg forgiveness. (It’s very hard to talk about this without giving spoilers – so you’re just going to have to read it yourself to find out what I’m on about).

All in all, it’s a good fun book. There’s a lot of cake in it (yay). There’s even a few recipies, written in character, at the end.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.

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