I devoured this book like a triple chocolate cheesecake with extra thick base
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman (2018)
This is the story of Marnie Salt, a young woman who has made so many mistakes in her life she fears she will never get on the right track. It doesn’t help her case that she drowns her sorrows in Tesco plonk and one night hooks up with a pensioner on a cheesecake-baking chatroom where she tells ‘Lilian Dearman’ ALL her most closely guarded secrets.
Luckily for Marnie, Lilian is exactly what it says on the tin – a batty old lady with a love of causing havoc on the internet. And when they eventually meet up, Marnie discovers that Lilian also owns a whole village in the Dales – Wychwell – given to her ancestor by Henry VIII in exchange for deeds that have settled a curse on the place.
When Marnie’s world comes spectacularly crashing down, Lilian offers her respite in the village and Marnie has no choice but to up sticks and take temporary refuge there. But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty-bound not to leave it. Despite wanting to hide from the world, Marnie finds herself in the full flood of the limelight having to do things that make her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory.
But Wychwell teaches Marnie that it’s not so bad to have imperfections and sometimes faults make things more valuable than they ever were when they were perfect. And that flaws make you perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a novel about family, secrets, love, friendship and forgiving yourself your mistakes. Expect witches, ghosts, a family that make the Borgias look like the Osmonds, a very handsome Norwegian groundsman – and of course, cheesecake. And broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.