What Would Mary Berry Do? By Claire Sandy

 Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask ‘What would Mary Berry do?’
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?
What Would Mary Berry Do? follows mother of three Marie Dunwoody, Marie loves her children and would do anything for them. But sometimes her twins test this theory to the maximum,
Like when they inform her that they’ve nominated her to create a show stopper cake for their school fate and decide to tell her on the day itself!
The book has a wonderful mix of characters, from Angus, Marie’s teenage son who is a lovely character to read about, to Lu someone that Marie never thought she would like.
Although the majority of characters are sweet, we do come across the rather sour Todd, a nasty manipulative person, who was very two faced!
But my absolute favourite character had to be Aileen, an employee of Marie’s dental surgery, who is hilarious. Aileen had me laughing on many occasions and I absolutely loved it when she set her sights on Klay.
I loved every page of this book and found the character dynamics to be fantastic. I loved the relationship between Marie and her husband and I couldn’t help but picturing him as Paul Hollywood, which made me drool more than the cake descriptions.
What Would Mary Berry Do? Is a fabulously funny read that depicts family, friendship and life struggles in a light hearted way.
It is every bit as delicious as its cover suggests and a wonderful read to brighten any day!

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