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Reaching for the Stars [Kindle Edition]

Janice Horton
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Scottish celebrity chef Finn McDuff is media stalked and disillusioned after winning his third star and losing his third wife. He decides he’s had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and, after giving up all his accolades and closing down his restaurant, he disappears.

With the enfant terrible of the kitchen missing, two rival newspapers, having lost their media meal ticket, compete against each other to whip up further public curiosity in the missing chef. Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff. Who will find him first and whose side will you be on...?

PRAISE FOR JANICE HORTON

JANUARY 2012 - 'Reaching for the Stars' Voted The Most Popular Book of the Month with Readers - on Jera's Jamboree Book Blog!

“I love the way that Janice writes. Her words flow so easily from page to page. You are whisked away to a part of Scotland where you feel you’ve always known and get so involved with the story that you feel that you are playing a star role in the book.”
Kim The Bookworm

“A wonderful plot and some extremely engaging characters all bundled together in a steamy Scottish kitchen!”
Lou Graham - Book Blogger

“Even though I knew this was a complete work of fiction, I found it fun to imagine one of the top celebrity chefs losing their marbles and giving it all up. What an amazing story that would be to follow in the tabloids.”
Lindsay Gentles - Turning the Pages Book Blog

“Horton's writing actually transports the reader straight to the scene - I felt like I actually knew some of the characters.”
Sarah Taylor - Today I’m Reading Book Blog.

“Well done Janice Horton you have got the 5 star from me...”
Rea Book Reviews.

“When it comes to writing romance, Janice Horton puts her heart into the task.”
The Dumfries & Galloway Standard

Bestselling novelist Janice Horton is also the author of ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’.



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About the Author

Janice Horton lives in Scotland. Janice writes contemporary fiction with humour and heart. Look out for her Amazon Kindle bestselling ebooks ‘Bagpipes and Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and her voodoo romance novellas. Her latest title is a nonfiction guide ‘How To Party Online’. Janice is a regular blogger and you’ll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist's Association and Editor of the Bookshelf Reviews feature at Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine. Blog: www.janicehortonwriter.co.uk and Twitter @JaniceHorton

Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thornhill Print (December 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ICFIZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the ingredients of a great novel! December 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Reaching for the Stars in the latest novel written by Author Janice Horton.

Finn McDuff had worked his whole life to be awarded his three Golden Stars, as a celebrity Chef, he was at the top of his game. Nothing was more important to him than the food he presented at the Passe. Sadly his three ex Wives could vouch for that! Ambition over love, Pride over marriage and ego over emotions - Three sins over three stars!

A sudden realisation brought Finn to his senses about what actual was important in life, the `Stars' suddenly didn't shine so bright for him any longer. Closing down his restaurant and giving up on his dreams, he disappears and sets off to try to get his life back.

Raine Sanderson and Ross Campbell are two very new and very keen journalist despite to get their hands on that dream job at The Thistle, only one can make it! Both with the same target in their sights, Chef McDuff. How far would they go to find where McDuff has gone and get that exclusive interview?

Will Finn be able to find the peace and happiness away from the celebrity life that he is so desperately looking for? Or will the past continue to haunt him? To what ends will the journalists go to get that story?

I was very excited to be receiving an advanced copy of Janice's latest novel. As a huge fan of Bagpipes and Bullshot I had high expectations for Reaching for the Stars - and I'm so thrilled to say I wasn't disappointed. Janice's style that I loved so much in the first novel continues in this book. A wonderful plot and some extremely engaging characters all bundled together in a steamy Scottish kitchen!

When I started to read the story, I thought Chef McDuff would be a horrid character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable September 21, 2012
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The story was passable; I could read it without rolling my eyes too often at the stupidity of it, but the ending wasn't particularly well done. It just stopped with very little resolution. I kept reading the last page, thinking, "huh?" How could McDuff resolve his overwhelming feelings for his wife that was the driving force for him throughout the story and just do a 180 to Raine? Not well thought out at all. The premise was great, nevertheless, I had a difficult time getting into a suspension of disbelief to actually fathom that two rivaling newspapers would hang their continuance on stories about a chef.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well established and informative read January 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book for my January read for Loveahappyending magazine and I’m familiar with Janice’s work and writing style from her three novellas in the How Do You Voodoo? trilogy and was excited to see her full potential in the first full-length novel of hers I’ve read. Reaching for the Stars is about celebrity chef, Finn McDuff, who has worked his whole life to achieve his three golden stars, build a reputation for himself and in the process, ruin his 3 marriages. He realises one day that life isn’t just about being at the top, so he gives his three stars back and disappears. Raine Sanderson and Ross Campbell are journalists working head to head to get the latest and most exciting scoop on Finn McDuff, why he gave his stars back and where he disappeared too but only one of them can get it. Who will it be? The chase is on and Raine and Ross are doing everything in their power to come out on top. Who will find him first and who’s side will you be on?

I was a bit on the fence with this book at first because it focuses on celebrity chef, Finn McDuff and the culinary world, which I know absolutely nothing about so I will admit that a lot of the terminology that was used at the beginning did go over the top of my head a bit but obviously that’s not the authors fault, entirely my own. I’m all for learning about new things and this book definitely taught me a thing or two about the culinary environment and the Golden Stars. I very much enjoyed the insight into this elegant and sophisticated world but it was very mature and I can’t see myself wanting to get involved with it in the future! Despite all of that however, I did very much enjoy this book and found myself getting reeled in to this world of lies, competition and rivalry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard romance with a dash of spice September 21, 2012
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This is a typical romance novel, set in Scotland in the world of competitive gourmet chefs. There are the usual characters: a stunningly handsome man, another charming and seductive handsome man, the attractive young woman who is drawn to both.

The character development is what one would expect from a romance novel. The plot is entertaining, if a bit over the top at times. Even in the world of romance, which requires implausible characters and events, there were a few things that I had a hard time buying. The main character, Finn, is 29 years old, yet he's been married three times. If one assumes he didn't marry at age 16, this gives him an average of 3 years to court, marry and divorce each of his wives, all while putting in very long hours to learn and perfect his craft. That's some quick marrying. He's also managed to win three 3-star awards for his cutting edge restaurant, which is also quite remarkable.

The protagonist, Reine, quickly becomes a feature writer for a top newspaper at the age of 23. I would have believed these two characters more if they'd both been at least several years older. In addition, the idea of 'falling in love' after meeting someone once is far-fetched. An attraction, sure. A crush even. Groin-tingling lust. But love at first sight is...well, the provence of romance novels.

As for the plot, there must not be much news in Edinburgh if stories about a celebrity chef are front-page features for several months, with the top two newspapers in the city vying to outdo each other.

The book is amusing at times, with not-so-subtle references to actual celebrity chefs. I liked the Top Chef approach; reality gourmet cooking shows ARE all the rage these days. Overall, this book is an entertaining light read if you like romances that don't take themselves too seriously.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved, loved, loved, this book.
Published 2 months ago by Heather ward
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable light read
At first I found it difficult to get into, but found that I was enjoying it and really wanted to know what would happen to the two reporters in the end. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Corinne
1.0 out of 5 stars What a slog!
I cannot believe I actually made it through to the end of this book. When I am watching the percentage read to ascertain how much more torture I have to endure to get to the end of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by TerryS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Scottish Chef Book!
Great book, fast read. The story of several people actually, a Chef, his portage, a great woman reporter, and a not so great guy reporter, and how things intertwine in their lives. Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by Pamela Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy, yummy!
Janice, can Finn come to my house to cook? Well, he may be too busy after
this book. I'm sure he's getting a lot of calls for work. Read more
Published on October 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the Stars
Right from the first page, this book had me hooked. Celebrity chef McDuff seemingly has it all, but faster than a soufflé can sink he loses it. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Mad About Romance
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
This book is very easy to read, I needed something to read on the train during my commute that did not interfere with my school study.
Published on September 21, 2012 by Lana
4.0 out of 5 stars Horton mixes up a recipe for a fun read
Finn McDuff, Edinburgh chef extraordinaire, is at once charming and exasperating. After three wives divorce him, Finn begins to wonder if the hours and energy devoted to winning... Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by H.Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Horton Hears a Hooray!
(Characters) Finn is a hot, celebrity chef, who is the "main" character in the sense that he drives most of the action. Read more
Published on August 31, 2012 by I.A.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Plodding, incoherent, flat characters...ugh. Editing needed for grammar and spelling too. Too many characters, too much fluff about minor characters that contributed nothing to the... Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by BBC Addict
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More About the Author

Janice Horton writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Look out for Janice's new release for 2015 'Castaway in the Caribbean' and her Amazon Kindle bestselling books 'Bagpipes and Bullshot' and 'Reaching for the Stars' and her fun 'Voodoo Romance' series of novellas. Her nonfiction guide to online promotion 'How To Party Online' is recommended reading for all authors and writers by publishers. Janice is a regular blogger from her website at janicehorton.co.uk and you'll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is also associate editor at the award winning online magazine Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine where she produces her monthly 'The Bookshelf' feature and her seasonal 'Snap Gap Travel' features.

Website/Blog: www.janicehorton.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/JaniceHortonAuthor Twitter: @JaniceHorton

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