Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jan. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593656419. $29. F
DEBUT Bernard Quinn is convinced that his wife of 59 years has a mortal illness. Recently, she has been very secretive, making strange phone calls and disappearing to appointments. Jenny Quinn has only kept two secrets from Bernard: the first from before they met, and her new secret, that she’s tried out for the popular televised cooking competition Britain Bakes. Although the couple are approaching their 60th wedding anniversary and still in love, Jenny has keenly felt the absence of never having had the opportunity to raise children. Discontented and fearful of the future, she turns to the comfort of baking for her friends, neighbors, and especially for Bernard’s niece Rose and her young family. When Jenny wins a spot on the show, she discovers that the love and support of friends and family helps her to find self-confidence to compete and the courage to reveal her first secret to her husband.
VERDICT Debut author Ford offers up a warm, sincere and heartfelt tale with relatable characters. Full of appetizing descriptions of baked goods, it will please fans of TV cooking competitions.
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