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Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate

Welcome to my Stop on the Blog tour for The Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate.

What They Say:

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food.

Not just with eating it - though she loves that too - but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs - until she's left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers' market.

Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a cinder - along with her relationship and her reputation . . .

What I Say:

I've never read any of Dana's books before so I was quite excited to read this one!  The synopsis sounds great and I love baking so this sounded like a winner!

The book is a little predictable but this doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Sydney is a great, fun character who kind of blundered her way through life and had to fight for everything, so when she lost her job (a job she never loved) it forced her to re-evaluate and take a new path.

This book is full of witty one liners, tasty sounding treats and sticky situations. I liked that Syd is quite normal and easy to relate to. I also liked that she was funny and quirky without being pretentious.  Her luck with men is atrocious and that made me root for her to find a decent guy too.

All in all, this is a good chick lit book to curl up with on a chilly night. 8/10

Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy of this book.

Thanks to Grace Vincent for letting me be part of this tour and for my copy of the book!


  1. Oh I really am not that good at baking. I make good muffins and kids love them, but not that good in baking cakes or more serious stuff. Thanks for the giveaway, lovely xx

  2. I'm not that great at baking but I did make fab rocky road with over 20 junior infants last year and it turned out pretty successful :)


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