Monday, 25 September 2017

The Sinking Chef Book Review

The Sinking Chef Book (Pot Love 2) Review

Book Tour

Hey guys, today I have the absolute pleasure of taking part in the book tour for ‘The Sinking Chef’ by Sylvia Ashby; arranged by the lovely Jenny from Jenny in Neverland.  I have to admit that this is the first time I’ve ever taken part in a book tour – which you can probably guess going by how absent I’ve been from my blog lately! – and I have really enjoyed taking part in this.  This tour has come around at the perfect time for me really because I’ve really been trying to get myself back into reading more; which I’m so glad about, I love reading! I’m planning to do a post soon on what else I’ve been reading lately. 
So, if you guys like reading as much as I do I’m here today to tell you my thoughts on The Sinking Chef!  There’s also a giveaway so make sure that you read all the way to the bottom of the post 😊 First of all, here’s a little bit of info about the book itself: 

Book synopsis

"Bridget Jones meets Burnt in this delightful comedy novel about a talented YouTuber and the guy who keeps trying to bring her down. Although part of a series this book is completely standalone, as are all other novels in the Pot Love Series.

In Belsize Park, London, Ashley works hard on her daily YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef”. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. 

James is a gruff British TV director, turned publisher, who Ashley had a crush on ages ago. She has moved on but when he calls with an offer to take her out to lunch she doesn’t say no. It’s only lunch – what can go wrong?

The day Ashley meets James for lunch and he promises her a book deal, she makes the worse decision in her life – to hide the book deal from her boyfriend, Giacomo. As things progress Ashley’s secrets mount up and other things in her life unravel. Is there a connection? And how is she going to get out of this without losing Giacomo and the life she loves?

Set in the heart of fast-paced London, The Sinking Chef is a charming story of love, recipes, secrets, and the determination to do things right by those you love most in your life."

My Review

I really loved this book!  I love that Ashley is a Youtuber and in the first couple of paragraphs Ashley gets lost in an Internet hole, this is so very relateable and instantly draws the reader in.  My favourite books are usually always ones that pull you in from the first couple of pages and The Sinking Chef absolutely does that.  The feeling of being pulled into the story continues throughout the book and I really felt part of Ashley’s world, everything was described so well and Sylvia set up a really good picture of what was happening and who all the characters are. 

The Sinking Chef is book 2 in the Pot Love series and I was slightly concerned because I hadn't read the first book and I usually like to have read all the books in a series but I needn’t have worried at all, the book is really well written that everything that happened in the first book is explained but in a way that it’s just like describing Ashley’s past.  It made me really want to go back and read the first one to get more of Ashley, I absolutely loved her character and she definitely gave me Bridget Jones type feelings – Bridget of course is a long-time singleton and Ashley is in a relationship with Giacomo but Ashley’s character and the writing were very reminiscent of Bridget.   And Bridget Jones is one of my absolute favourite characters.   I really liked the relationship between Ashley and Giacomo, it was really sweet and seemed so real; it wasn’t written over the top or too much but in a really nice, genuine way. 

I thought that it was very well done the way that Sylvia had written both the storyline around Ashley with the book and Giacomo’s work situation both happening at the same time, these storylines were seamlessly woven together so cleverly.  The plot was a little far-fetched and there were times where I got really frustrated that Ashley  didn't put James in his place!  I really disliked James, he was such a sleazy character!  After a certain point in the book I couldn’t put it down and was desperate to find out what happened and I finished the book in a couple of the days, it was a really easy reading book.    Although the plot was slightly over the top and far-fetched this made for perfect escapism.   

If you hadn’t guessed from the title a large part of the story is food with Ashley having her own Youtube channel where she is a chef, and the books contain recipes at the start of a lot of the chapters. Quite often in books when there are various things at the start of chapters that don’t relate to the book I get bored of them but these recipes worked really well and they tied in very well with the story and again helped to build that picture of what was happening with Ashley with what she was cooking and how!  Sylvia has a post on her twitter (find her here) warning against reading the books whilst hungry and this is so true, all the recipes and food talk within the book sounds delicious!   I found this part of the book somewhat inspiring; this might be just me being a little cheesy and relating to Ashley but I loved the fact that she now has her own cookery channel when it’s told that in the first book she couldn’t even cook!  The book gives encouragement - to me and hopefully other readers! -  that if Ashley can become a chef and also have a YouTube channel then so can anyone.  I’m an absolute hopeless cook and I’m a new blogger - who often needs a bit of a kickstart – and I found this was a very reassuring and inspiring book in that way.   This was a huge part of why I loved this book so much, it was so comforting.  It really is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold, rainy autumn day with a big cosy blanket and multiple cups of something hot! 

 Find out more about Sylvia Ashby

Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an Fexplanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT - she's written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe - London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

Find Sylvia on twitter - @bysylvia_a and check out her website to keep up to date with her: -

For more on Sylvia, the lovely author of The Sinking Chef, check out the first post of this blog tour here from Emma Rose Hollands where she interviewed Sylvia. 

Don’t forget to catch up on any of the posts you may have missed on the tour and to check out the bloggers coming up on the tour this week. 


Where can you find this book?   

The Sinking Chef is exclusive for Amazon & Kindle unlimited.  
You can get your own copy of the book at Amazon - here or click here if you’re in the US. 


As part of this blog tour you can have the chance to win not only an ecopy of this book but also a £25 Amazon voucher!  There are 3 chances to be a winner with this giveaway –

1st prize: £25 Amazon voucher and an eCopy of the book
2nd and 3rd prize: ecopy of the book

This is an international giveaway and all you need to do is click here and follow the instructions – good luck! :) 

Have any of you guys read this book or the first book in the Pot Love series?  What did you think?  What else have you been reading lately?  Let me know in the comments below. 

Thank you very much to Jenny for the opportunity to take part in this book tour and to Sylvia for The Sinking Chef!

*I was sent a free ecopy of this book in return for a review but as always on Laura’s Carousel this is an honest review and all thoughts and love for the Sinking Chef are my own.   

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