We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Food for Thought by Sara Madderson on the Random Things Tours.
Evelyn has a dream life. A disciplined successful woman married to celebrity chef Seb with an 8 year old son, Eddie, she is an integral part of the brand and his equal in every way. Rich, successful and happy until all of this comes crumbling down when incriminating photographs emerge of her husband outside a gay club in Soho. A newspaper is about to reveal them unless he gives an exclusive interview of his ‘coming out’.
Evelyn is shattered. Everything she has worked so hard to build has been destroyed and she must now navigate this new normal, with Seb desperate for her to stay with him managing the brand with him and continuing their marriage. As she tries to come to terms with this bombshell she goes to stay with her best friend Jess and her wife Zoë at their countryside retreat/spa. Zoë is also a chef, in charge of the kitchen and it proves just the tonic escaping there with Eddie, especially when she meets handsome Angus who is the land manager there.
Food for Thought was utterly fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.
As a massive foodie the descriptions of all the food literally made my mouth water as the author describes all the fresh mouth-watering dishes.
It’s funny in parts and brilliantly written, the author bringing all the characters to life. The lavish lifestyle of the characters provides excellent escapism and the struggle of someone coming to terms with their sexuality was sensitively portrayed and I did feel sorry for Seb despite his betrayal. I really wanted Evelyn to realise her worth without her husband and I absolutely adored the friendship between her and her best friend Jess and also willed her to get together with Angus and for her to find her happily ever after.
A definite 5 stars from me.
Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.
Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.
Metamorphosis is Sara’s first book. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she’s now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She’s enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she’s enjoyed the writing process itself. She’s now completely hooked on writing!