Published by Cornerstone Digital
Publication date – 25 November 2015
Source – Netgalley review copy
“When Jo’s friend Andi asks if she’ll stand in to cook Christmas lunch for her employer, Jo reluctantly agrees. She knows Andi will lose her job if she doesn’t, and wants to help out her friend.
Jo is nervous because Andi’s boss is a well-known celebrity diva, who outright refuses to have anyone but Andi cook for her. But she also insists Andi wears full chef’s whites so the girls think they’ll get away with it … it’s the perfect Christmas disguise.
But when Jo runs into one of the guests – good looking and very smart Anthony – things get even more complicated…
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I received a copy of this short story from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion of the story.
Jo has been asked by her friend Andi to cover for her on Christmas Day. Andi is a chef to celebrity Christine who has refused to allow Andi to have the day off. Andi convinces Jo that Christine won’t even notice that it’s not her who is serving dinner. Jo reluctantly agrees. She then meets Anthony, a guest of Christine’s. Somehow he convinces Jo to pretend to be his girlfriend for the day. Will Jo be able to carry off both deceptions?
This is a short, sweet story from best-selling author Katie Fforde. I love Katie’s novels and so thought this would be a nice little distraction whilst I wait for her new novel.
This has all the characterisation and charm that you’d expect from Katie. Jo is a lovely character, Anthony a down to earth, yet charming, leading man, and the gentle villain of the piece, Christine, is pitched just right to balance the story.
This is a short story and can be easily read in an hour. It is a nice distraction to while away the commute or lunch hour and although it is set at Christmas it can be enjoyed at any time.