- File Size: 2435 KB
- Print Length: 355 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492941360
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Thornhill Print (December 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ICFIZG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reaching for the Stars Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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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.
(Plot and subplots) The main plot deals with Finn, and his quest to be a three-star Michelin chef. His back story is that he's been divorced twice, and his third marriage is teetering. He needs to find work-life balance. (Yes, this supposedly exist in a parallel universe.) Anna needs to come to terms with her fathers death; she is closed off emotionally. Raine needs to decide if she wants to be a columnist or a "real" writer. Ross needs to decide if being duplicitous is worth the price he will eventually pay.
("Romance") There is suppose to be a romance triangle "brewing" (and the author even uses several coffee imagery here) between Finn and Raine and Ross. However, this is probably the weakest part of the book. Finn and Raine have some "chemistry," but they never go thru anything together that would cause their romance to blossom. The closest thing to a "reason" we get is that they both "looked hot in their jeans," albeit on different occasions. Ross supposedly has a crush on Raine too, but that has to be put on hold because of his career. He takes her on "dates," but these are almost always to leverage (if not outright use) her as a ticket to get into events he wouldn't be invited to w/o her. This could have been built into a solid love triangle, but never was.
The book is very readable; sentences flow smoothly, and the plot moves fluidly along. Plots and sub-plots are interwoven well--(and thank God there are some, I've read too many books lately that just hammer on one plot line for the entire 300+ pages--don't try it if you're not Hemingway, and who is!) So, if you're looking for one more "fun summer read" before the official start of fall, "reach" for this.
Set in Edinburgh, this romantic comedy follows celebrity hottie chef Finn McDuff, whose career got even hotter when he won a third golden star - rosette (think Michelin stars). His gorgeous third wife Gina explodes when she feels his career and star -quest are more important than her, and she hightails it back to Italy. In an attempt to win her back, Finn agrees to a series of flattering interviews with lovely newbie journalist Raine....and you'll just have to read the book to see what happens. This book is a stand - alone, but a sequel would be much anticipated!
Since I enjoyed this one do much I downloaded her only other available Kindle title Bullshot and Bagpipes (only $1.50) and it was an equally enjoyable read.
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These things keep popping up for me to review.
Janice Horton combines romance, humour and authentic background details to give us a lively novel which engages the reader in the lives of some very intriguing characters.
As soon as we come upon Finlay (Finn) McDuff we are made aware that being awarded the coveted third Michelin star for his restaurant doesn't give him the satisfaction he craves as he realises just how much he has sacrificed in pursuit of his goal.
As we meet other characters such as Raine, the journalist with ambitions who falls for Finn and Anna who has a complex past history, the plot moves at a pace that keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Will Gina forgive her husband and return? Or will he find solace elsewhere? How will the sparky relationship between Raine and Ross develop? Will Finn's plans for his future succeed?
The characters are well drawn, the settings obviously the outcome of serious research and this is exactly the kind of book to brighten a very dreary summer.
The only downside is that we are very reluctant to say good bye to Finn at the end. Perhaps there's a sequel planned?
There are four main characters in this book--Finn, Anna, Raine and Ross. The relationship between the four is full of subtle (and not so subtle) allegiances, professional complications and yes... romance. The author spins an elaborate set of ruse and counter-ruse that had me turning the pages at a furious pace to find out what happens next. Favourite moments include Finn's return to his country roots, and the discovery of Ross in a rather unlikely and uncomfortable confinement after a very unhappy night.
Reaching for the Stars was a fabulous, fast-paced read that I greatly enjoyed and would highly recommend to all romance lovers.
Whilst our heart goes out to Finn and lost love he shows his human side of the downside of being a front page celebrity. I wont spoil the story but lets just say that she got her man and he got his life back.
With the departure of wife number three, Finn is heading for a breakdown and closes his restaurant.
The story involves another chef and two fledgling reporters.
This is light froth, but the characters have some depth and it's an enjoyable read, with touches of humour.
I will look out for Janice's other books.
Could almost picture myself in the Bothy in the forest hiding away from the world
Can't wait for more stories written by Janice - have read them all now!!!