Wednesday, June 28, 2017

With Love For Bookouture: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream by Sue Watson - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

 
Review by Suze

Dani left Appledore after a traumatic experience. Her boyfriend at the time, Jude, shattered her dreams and broke her heart. She wanted to escape the aftermath and went to London to become successful. Ten years later she's back in her hometown where she works as the assistant manager of Caprioni's, the ice cream café she used to have a job at when she was a teenager. She knows Jude is still living in Appledore and that sooner or later she runs into him. Her biggest wish is to impress him with her achievements, so she can show him what he's missing. However, is she ready to meet him again?

 Dani isn't happy with herself. She's overweight and doesn't like the way she looks at all. That's why she tries the local gym, where Chris, the owner, offers to train her. Her aim is to lose as much weight as she can before her fortieth birthday. Will Dani be able to resist the temptation of delicious ice cream whenever she wants while she's at work and will she indeed feel better when she trains more and eats less? Does she actually need someone else's approval or does it only matter how she feels about herself? Will she learn to enjoy life and be proud of who she is both on the inside and the outside?

Dani is training with Chris and this gives her the chance to get back in shape, but Dani has some other issues to work on as well. Her past keeps influencing her decisions and behavior. She has a lot of pain and self loathing to deal with and exercising is just one of the ways she can start feeling better about herself. I liked that she has so much support from people who love her because of who she is and not because of what she weighs. I liked her cheerful personality and impulsiveness and often had to laugh while reading Sue Watson's fantastic dialogue. I kept my fingers crossed that Dani would eventually see what a wonderful person she is and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if she'd find the happiness she deserves.

Sue Watson writes about a sensitive topic, dieting, in a beautiful honest and sympathetic way. Due to her detailed descriptions of feelings and doubts she managed to make me understand what Dani is going through very well. The emotions she focuses on are realistic and I liked the way she addresses the subject of not being comfortable in your own body and having to lose weight. She writes about the struggles with food, the reasons behind Dani's eating patterns, the shame, the insecurity, the cravings and the happy memories in a fantastic believable way and I was greatly impressed by the many amazing layers of her story. Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream has a lot of depth and the many unexpected twists and turns kept surprising me.

Sue Watson writes about women with plenty of insecurities. When they look critically at their existence they find a certain emptiness and with a little help from their friends they decide to change their lives and feel empowered when they start achieving their goals. I absolutely love that about all of Sue Watson's books. Her vivid writing style, knowledge of her subjects, sense of humor and creative themes stand out and they always make me want to read more. She combines this with mouthwatering descriptions of food, gorgeous men and sparkling romance. I absolutely loved Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream and highly recommend this terrific humoristic story.

Advice

If you love stories about personal growth combined with humor and delicious descriptions of food you should definitely read Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream. It's the second book in the Ice Cream Café series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
 
About Sue Watson

 
About the Blog: My blog is a bit like my handbag. It’s filled to capacity with a mess of random thoughts, recipes, favourite things and notes to and from my friends and family. Please feel free to have a delve in my blog handbag (sadly more Primark than Gucci) and say hello. If you should come across anything of interest among the favourite recipes, congealed sweets and old tissues of my life, please feel free to comment and share with your friends on Twitter and FB. And thanks for stopping by.
 
About Sue: Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.
 
So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote a novel. 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,' tells the story of Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with a nasty boss at work, the weighing scales and being a mum, wife and daughter.
 
Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire. When she's not toiling over her latest novel, Sue bakes (and eats) cake and enjoys very large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream all to herself while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA.'
 
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Guest post

 
Curves, Kisses, Chocolate Ice Cream and Lettuce!
By Sue Watson

My new book Curves, Kisses, and Chocolate Ice Cream was an absolute pleasure to write. Like my previous book Ella’s Ice Cream Summer, the novel involved a great deal of vital research tasting ice creams in every flavour and then retesting them, just to make sure. It was relentless, but I was happy to sacrifice my time and my figure for my readers.

It all started because I planned to set this new book in and around The Ice Cream Cafe in Devon where ‘Ella’ was set. The novels are standalone, involving characters from both books and while I contemplated this second book, I was thinking about ice cream all the time, while trying to avoid eating it! And as I struggled I realised I wanted my new heroine in Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream to be like me, a woman whose desire to lose weight is overcome by her passion for ice cream. My life is a constant conflict, just looking at a rich creamy ice cream topped with thick, fudgy sauce fills me with love and fear in equal quantities, I know I shouldn’t but don’t you dare try and stop me!

I think many women have this daily wrestle with food and calories and it can sometimes blight our days, our lives even. So I started with a girl called Dani, who loved ice cream but hated her body and desperately wanted to be slimmer for her 40th birthday party. And off we set, on a delicious journey of naughty treats, late night ice cream sundaes, secret fast food binges, and an aversion to the gym – something many of us can relate to I’m sure. But then Dani meets Chris, the gym Adonis, who can’t even mention the word ice cream without doing twenty lunges to make up for it. So I introduced curvy fast food fetishist Dani to lean machine five-a-day Chris and watched the magic happen!

I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say they have a very hot summer, and both Dani and Chris learn a lot about love, lunges, lettuce - and luscious ice cream!
 
Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a digital copy of Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream and a gorgeous book cover necklace.
 
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.
 

23 comments:

  1. It sounds amazing, I love stories about women overcoming their insecurities.

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  2. Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream sounds like the perfect, feel-good holiday romance.

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  3. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  4. What a perfect book for summer reading! Dani seems to be a realistic woman struggling with her weight. Taste testing ice creams sounds like a great way to do research for this book. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. A perfect summer read so enjoy on a hot beach 😎

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  6. I too struggle with an overwhelming desire to eat ice-cream all the time. </3

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  7. Sounds like a story I will enjoy reading.

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  8. Hello Sue, Your book sounds like a "Sweet" read! Thank you

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  9. Perfect book for summer reading! Thanks for sharing

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  10. Sounds like a good holiday read for my wife.

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  11. I love books with quirky titles they are usually the best read

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  12. Great holiday read if grandchildren leave me alone long enough

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  13. hi i love your books :)

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  14. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. I'd like to visit The Ice Cream Cafe.

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  17. Sounds like a good book to read on the beach on my next holiday

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