Title: Love, Lies and Lemon Cake

Author: Sue Watson

Pages: 290 Pages

Publisher: Bookouture

The Blurb

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 everything up to be with him? 

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late.

The Review

Sometimes you need a little bit of light relief and admittedly I have been reading some heavier texts lately. So when I picked up Sue Watson’s Love, Lies and Lemon Cake I was hoping for a sprinkle of sweetness and a book that I could completely escape into and one that I could put down without stressing out. Sue Watson delivered.

It is the story of Faye, a woman old before her time who finds a new lease of life and starts living it to the max. This is book full of hope, joy and at times was a little bit spicy.

Romantic comedies are not my usual cup of tea but Love, Lies and Lemon Cake really did have me giggling aloud. A brilliant beach read for the summer.

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake by Sue Watson is available now.

For more information regarding Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) please visit www.suewatsonbooks.com.

For more information regarding Bookouture (@bookouture) please visit www.bookouture.com.

We'll Always Have ParisTitle: We’ll Always Have Paris

Author: Sue Watson

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown UK

The Blurb

Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.

The Review

When I was fourteen, my best friend Ana and I decided that if we hadn’t met the man we loved and we weren’t married by the time we were 21 then we would join the army. 21 came round sooner than we cared to believe and rather than following through with our pact we shrugged our shoulders and carried on. We didn’t join the army and now at 32 we are both still unmarried. You may be wondering why I have prefaced my review with this anecdote but it is to highlight that the concept of time is often skewed by age.

In a sense, this is the point that underpins Sue Watson’s new novel We’ll Always Have Paris. Protagonist Rosie has recently been widowed and after a period of mourning she has decided that she needs to make changes in her life. This is made more evident when she bumps into her first love, Peter; the man who, at the tender age of seventeen, broke her fragile heart. Is this fate giving Rosie, at the age of 64, a second chance?

We’ll Always Have Paris is lovely. It is a story that reminds us that love has no boundaries – certainly not age – and that we should grab any chance given to us with both hands. Watson delicately handles the shift in family dynamics when someone dies. She deals with the pain and anxiety of losing a husband and a parent and the uncertainty when family members move on with their lives. It is a difficult issue sensitively handled.

We’ll Always Have Paris is a lovely story. It has heart, romance and truthfulness to it and I would thoroughly recommend it as your next summer read.

We’ll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson is available now.

For more information regarding Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) please visit www.suewatsonbooks.com.

For more information regarding Little Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK) please visit www.littlebrown.co.uk.

35 Stars

Hi Folks,

On Tuesday, I will be taking part in Sue Watson’s We’ll Always Have Paris Blog Tour. It is a wonderful book and I hope you all get a chance to a) read my review and b) check out the book yourselves because it is beautiful.

Make sure that you check out the other blogs on this tour!

Have a great week 🙂

Lisa x

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Sisters Tamsin and Sam couldn’t be more different. Tamsin is a social climber who likes having nice things, money and a circle of friends with the same perspective. Some would say she is a snob but she is definitely one with a heart. Sister Sam is the polar opposite – a free spirit who would rather be shunned by the social hierarchy than become part of the inner circle of bitchiness.

When Tamsin’s world comes crashing down around her it is Sam who picks her sister up off the floor just like Tamsin did for Sam five years earlier when Sam’s husband was killed. An event thay still plagues her and controls her decisions to this very day. Can these sisters pull together and get themselves back on track?


Ok, the basics. I loved the two part narrative. The characters of Tamsin and Sam where clearly defined and Watson managed to create individual voices for them both. It is always interesting to read the same story from other peoples perspectives. Personally, I sometimes find that writers will either fail to create unique characters and they will oftentimes overlap or when they do manage to create the individual voice that they then create a Groundhog Day style of storytelling which becomes repetitive and boring. However, Watson escapes both of these writing potholes and has created a wonderful story that, if anything, is helped by the dual narrative; the pacing of the story is excellent and as a reader you don’t feel like the story becomes stuck or slow-moving.

I loved the way the sisters lives seemed to parallel each others. They both had loved and lost (due to equally distressing by very different reasons) and had to rebuild their lives. They both do this with the help of each other. I think the reason that I found the relationship between Sam and Tamsin so compelling is probably because it is a similar relationship that I have with my sister. I loved that they were best friends. They got on each other’s nerves at times but the underlying love was so evident. They only wanted what was best for each other.

I thought it was especially clever how Watson had her characters overcome their underlying prejudices – Sam and the mothers at school and Tamsin with a world that was less than what she was used to.

The overall theme of family was nicely juxtaposed with the theme of Christmas as both of these things tend to go hand in hand.

Having never read any Watson before (but have accidentally got one of her earlier releases sitting on my Kindle) I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I think the reason that I enjoyed it so much was that the main focus of the story wasn’t a romantic relationship. It was there but the relationship between the sisters was the main focus and I found that very refreshing.

Well done Sue Watson, you have put me in the Christmas mood.

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake by Sue Watson is available now.

You can follow Sue Watson on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

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