A novel about friendship, hope and the power of pasta from the bestselling author of Pear Shaped.

According to a magazine, Susie is a ‘Leftover’ – a post Bridget-Jones 30 something who has neither her dream man, job, nor home. She doesn’t even own six matching dinner plates.

According to her friend Rebecca, Susie needs to get over her ex, Jake, start online dating – or at least stop being so rude to every guy who tries to chat her up.

But Susie’s got a plan. If she can just make it the 307 days till her promotion and bonus, she can finally quit and pursue her dream career in food, then surely everything else will fall into place. If only her love life wasn’t so complicated…

A sharp, witty and refreshing novel about love, friendship and enjoying what’s left on the table.

My opinion: I was really looking forward to reading this book as I had loved Stella Newman’s last offering, Pear Shaped. This book is all about Susie who is single, in her thirties, hates her job and is really trying to find her next step in life.

Susie lives in London, is surrounded by smug marrieds and friends who are more interested in their boyfriends, and works in the cut throat world of food advertising. Her passion is food. Mostly cooking, and eating it. She has a theory that there is a pasta suitable for every occasion, and is a dab hand at making things out of leftovers!

In truth I was a little bit disappointed by this book. I didn’t feel that engaged with Susie and felt a little bit of déjà vu through out the story. I did enjoy it, and will continue to read Stella Newman’s work, this one just didn’t quite hit the nail on the head for me. Although it did make me very hungry!

My rating: An enjoyable 3 stars.