Wednesday 1 May 2024

Review - Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame by Olivia Ford

Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame by Olivia Ford
Publisher: 28 March 2024
Release date: Michael Joseph
Back cover blurb: Mrs Quinn is the unlikely star of Britain's favourite baking show, but could her newfound stardom cause her biggest secret to unravel? Jennifer Quinn has a secret. Her love of baking has just won her a spot as a contestant on a primetime TV show. It's only the second time in fifty-nine years that she's kept something from her beloved husband Bernard. She's about to be whisked into an unfamiliar world of cameras, timed challenges and celebrity judges. She could be in with a chance of being crowned the best baker in Britain. But, as Mrs Quinn's quiet ambitions turn into unexpected stardom, the other secret she's been keeping is in danger of resurfacing. It was supposed to stay hidden forever. Will Mrs Quinn rise to the challenge? Or, will her success become a recipe for disaster?

Jennifer Quinn adores baking. It has always been her 'go to' activity when she feels stressed, upset, bored.. any excuse to bake something tasty really! Jenny (as she is better known) has been married to Bernard (Bernie) for almost 60 years, she is happy with her life, but wants to do something for herself.

When she applies on a whim for the latest series of Primetime TV Show 'Britain Bakes' (I would guess heavily influenced by the Great British Bake Off that I love!!) she doesn't consider for one minute that she will be successful.

She is called for an audition, which doesn't exactly go to plan. Jenny hasn't told anyone that she has entered the competition, not wanting to disappoint anyone if she is unsuccessful. It isn't the only secret that she has been keeping from her husband.

The other one is decades old, something tragic that happened to her before she met Bernard, that changed everything for Jenny. She has been determined through her life that no one must ever find out. But that is now in jeopardy, for Jenny is successful in securing a place in the competition, and suddenly the press want to know everything about her life.

Enlisting the help of some younger family members, she swiftly moves to set up her own social media accounts to help divert some of the attention away. Everything is fine, until the series airs and old secrets are threatening with surfacing once more.

Not wanting to say anything more and spoil it, I will say that Jenny and Bernard's relationship is the most beautiful thing. The recipes in the book sounds delicious, and I wish that both Jenny and Azeez (fellow contestant) were real because I would definitely be following them on social media.

Mrs Quinn's rise to fame is a beautiful book about what it means to truly believe in yourself, but also affirms that we never stop learning about ourselves no matter how old we are. I'd love to find out what happened to Jenny next...

Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the Publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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