Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame (Hardback)Olivia Ford (author)
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'As delicious and comforting as a freshly baked sponge. A most, heartwarming story and delightful debut' Ruth Jones, bestselling author of Love Untold
'An absolute delight. A lovely novel full of warmth, courage and heart,Jenny Quinn is a heroine you’ll cheer for every step of the way' A J Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
'A charming, heartfelt and uplifting novel about love, family and the emotive power of home baking.I loved every minute of it!' Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
'Perfectly baked, utterly delicious, and completely moreish. Mrs Quinn is destined to become the nation's favourite' Clare Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project
'Bake Off fans, don’t miss this! Delectable food writing and a quietly loveable heroine' Daily Mail
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?
'A warm-hearted book that rises to the top with its delightful story and wonderful characters' Phaedra Patrick, bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
'Soul-enriching . . . From its enticing setting to its perfect ending, Mrs. Quinn’s Rise To Fame is absolutely marvellous. Like a great dessert, you’ll wish you could come back for more' J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
'Delightful and heartwarming, Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame is the ultimate comfort read and a sweet reminder that it's never too late to pursue our dreams' Margarita Montimore, bestselling author of Oona Out of Order
'Uplifting and empowering' Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 40 mm
As delicious and comforting as a freshly baked sponge. A most heartwarming story and delightful debut. - Ruth Jones, bestselling author of Love Untold
Ford transports you back to that cozy, something’s-in-the-oven world where you somehow know (or at least believe) that everything is going to be OK. - New York Times Book Review
Mrs Quinn’s Rise to Fame is an absolute delight. A lovely novel full of warmth, courage and heart, Jenny Quinn is a heroine you’ll cheer for every step of the way. - A J Pearce, Sunday Times bestselling author of Dear Mrs Pearce
Bake Off fans, don’t miss this! Delectable food writing and a quietly loveable heroine. - Daily Mail
Calling all Great British Baking Show fans: When you've salivated your way through the latest season (and the entire back catalog), this charming novel will fill the cake-shaped hole in your heart. The story of an older woman who enters a televised baking show is as cozy as a night in grandma's kitchen with the kind of feel-good suspense we love from the likes of Paul Hollywood. - Good Housekeeping
Mrs Quinn's Rise to Fame is a charming, heartfelt and uplifting novel about love, family and the emotive power of home baking. I loved every minute of it! - Libby Page, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lido
Olivia writes with such warmth. Not just for bakers, this novel is an intensely rich love-letter to family, friends and new beginnings. - Eva Rice, bestselling author of The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets
Soul-enriching….From its enticing setting to its perfect ending, Mrs. Quinn’s Rise To Fame is absolutely marvelous. Like a great dessert, you’ll wish you could come back for more. - J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Delightful and heartwarming, Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame is the ultimate comfort read and a sweet reminder that it's never too late to pursue our dreams. - Margarita Montimore, USA Today bestselling author of Oona Out of Order
The fact that I was still thinking about Jenny and Bernard long after I'd turned the last page just goes to show that the smallest lives can sometimes leave the biggest impact. Olivia Ford has achieved that rarest of feats: in Mrs Quinn’s Rise to Fame she has created hope. A delicious feast of warm, witty, and wise. This novel is Lessons In Chemistry meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I was still thinking about Jenny and Bernard long after I'd turned the last page - Joanna Nell, bestselling author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
Deliciously layered - Kirkus Reviews
Olivia Ford has written a moving, uncommon coming-of-age story, and if the age Mrs. Quinn is coming of is a few decades older than usual, it’s all the more uplifting and empowering for it. I loved the insider’s look into a reality TV show and the delicious descriptions of all the bakes, but it’s the love stories at the center of this novel that so beautifully rise. - Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
A warm-hearted book that rises to the top with its delightful story and wonderful characters - Phaedra Patrick bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Reality TV producer Ford debuts with the charming story of a British home baker’s turn in the spotlight. Jennifer Quinn, 77, has lived a quiet life with her sweet, supportive husband Bernard, to whom she’s been married for nearly 60 years. Though she feels she should be content, Jenny longs for something more. So, without telling Bernard, she applies to be a contestant on the popular competition show Britain Bakes. Her sneaking stirs memories of a long-held secret: before she met Bernard, she gave a baby up for adoption, and she’s always been convinced that telling him would ruin their marriage. To her surprise, Jenny’s chosen for the show. When she shares the news with Bernard, he’s shocked but thrilled for her. Jenny decides to bake treats for the show based on memories of pastries she ate at crucial points in her past. She makes it to the finals and enjoys some fame as the show begins airing, but Ford’s smoothly told narrative builds to a crisis point when one of Jenny’s Facebook posts is unearthed by the media. Fans of cooking competitions will find this feel-good story delectable. - Publishers Weekly
Mrs Quinn’s Rise to Fame is a delightful story full of warmth, kindness and cake. Author Olivia Ford shows us that it’s never too late to take chances and step out of our comfort zone, and readers will be inspired and moved by Mrs Quinn’s charming coming-of-age tale. So sit back with a cup of tea and a slice of cake while you devour this deliciously feel-good story. - Freya Sampson, bestselling author of The Lost Ticket
This is a treat of a tale - as comforting, moreish and delicious as the cakes it describes. Yet it achieves this would shying away from the complexities and sorrows of life and, as a love story, it's refreshing, authentic and deeply affecting. I hugely enjoyed this book. - Susan Fletcher, bestselling author of Eve Green
Warm, sincere, and heartfelt - Library Journal
One of those books you just want to hug to your chest. I loved it so much. - Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal
Ford. . . entertains readers with backstage shenanigans while also focusing on the depth and intimacy that come from a lifetime of knowing someone. - The Washington Post
There are a couple of recipes included at the end of the book. I haven’t attempted them, but I’m going to assume that taking them out of the oven will — like The Great British Baking Show and Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame — feel all warm and cozy. - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Olivia Ford's warmhearted debut novel, Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame, traces the story of one woman's life through baking. . . Like Jenny's expertly crafted pastries, Ford's narrative layers in sweetness, rich flavors, and the occasional bit of salt. . .Compassionate, thoughtful, and full of mouthwatering descriptions, Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame is a tribute to kindness, following one's dreams at any age, and the deep joy and nourishment of baking. - Shelf Awareness
A sweet confection . . . Readers are sure to eat up this delicious paean to pursuing one's dreams at every age - NPR.ORG
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