RELEASE DAY: Recipe for Mr Right by Anni Rose
Recipe for Mr Right is my debut novel and I am thrilled Choc Lit are publishing it. It’s set in the fictional town of Redford which, in my head, somewhere, just north of the M4 on the Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire borders. My main character, Ruby, is relationship free and her world would be perfect if she hadn’t just been made redundant and stitched up by her kitchen fitter. With money being an issue, she figures the only way she can get to her dream destination of Japan or have the trappings of an extravagant lifestyle is by winning competitions, and she resolves to enter ten a day for a year. Surely that must be enough to change her life?
Ruby meets her upstairs neighbour, Adam, and his dog, when she takes in a parcel for him. Adam is a chef, who’s been in hiding since appearing on a televised dating programme and being pursued by his date. Consequently, he has vowed never to get involved with anyone ever again, but both their lives are about to change when Ruby wins him for an evening.
Ruby and Adam both have dreams, but previous relationships mean they also both have trust issues which need to be overcome if they stand any chance of a happy ever after.
I was inspired to write the story after a bad experience over a kitchen myself, but I should stress all the events and characters in this book are figments of my imagination, entirely fictional and these days I do have the kitchen of my dreams.
It has been great fun telling Ruby and Adam’s stories and being able to add in comedic elements. I think humour is important in life and an attractive quality for any hero or heroine, so I have loved spending time in my characters’ company and hope the readers will too.
We have always had books in our house, and I’ve been a passionate reader since a very early age. I usually have at least one on the go and enjoy books in most genres from
crime to romance. (Although, I’m not good with thrillers, or where the crime gets too gruesome. It’s one thing watching a television programme with a cushion over your face but reading like that can get really tricky!) Romance novels are my go-to books when I need to escape into a fictional world, however briefly, and nothing gives me more pleasure than a book I can’t put down. I love being taken on an emotional journey as long as it ends happily. I am an absolute sucker for a happy ending.
About the book:
A sprinkle of luck and a dollop of fate ...
Ruby Brooks is a little sceptical when her horoscope say she’s going to have a fabulous year – especially when she loses a boyfriend and a job in quick succession. Plus, a rogue kitchen fitter has run off and taken everything, including the kitchen sink!
So, Ruby takes luck and fate into her own hands with an unusual resolution – she’ll enter ten competitions a day, whether they’re for her dream Japanese holiday or a year’s supply of dog food (she doesn’t have a dog), and win her way to happiness.
But when a Valentine’s Day prize from a local restaurant results in chef Adam Finder (and his dog, Brutus) appearing in her life, is that luck or fate? And will Ruby ultimately find out that true happiness doesn’t need to be won?
About the author:
Born and bred in Berkshire, Anni moved to Wiltshire six years ago and lives on the edge of the Cotswolds with her husband, sister, two dogs, a cat and a chicken. When not writing she can usually be found behind a camera, walking her dogs, enjoying one of her husband’s curries or her sister’s bakery treats.