Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake (Winner Bakes All #1) (Paperback)
We knew it was only a matter of time before we had a romcom set in a Great British Bake-Off like reality show, and Alexis Hall delivers. We see this story through the eyes of Rosaline Palmer, who's pretty happy with her life. She loves her daughter Amelie and has figured out a way to make everything work with her found family, which includes her ex-girlfriend Lauren. In the early stages of the competition, Rosaline finds herself drawn to both architect Alain and electrician Harry. This novel takes a look at classism, fetishization of bisexual women, and parental expectations in a tender, hilarious way. Full of amazing secondary characters, this novel is a DELIGHT.— Cathy
Fans of Casey McQuiston, Christina Lauren, and Abby Jimenez will love this scrumptious and sweet romantic comedy from the "dizzyingly talented writer" of Boyfriend Material (Entertainment Weekly)
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Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show.
Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory. Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires.
Rosaline fears falling for Harry is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Yet as the competition—and the ovens—heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious bakes come from the heart.
About the Author
Alexis Hall lives in a little house in the south east of England where he writes books about people who bake far better than he does. He can, however, whip up a passable brownie if pressed.
"Hall does it again with this scrumptious, quietly subversive rom-com again . . . Hilarious, heartwarming, and grounded, Rosaline's story proves that happy endings look different from person to person."—Publishers Weekly
"In this delicious romantic comedy . . . Hall creates a memorable cast of characters, from Rosaline's supportive ex-girlfriend to the utterly adorable and scene-stealing Amelie. Setting the book at a reality TV show is a brilliant choice . . . there's sparkling humor and plenty of baking mishaps. A perfect bake."—Kirkus
"Everyone needs to read this. Brilliance on every single page. Hilarious, witty, tender, and stunning. I love this book."—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners, on Boyfriend Material
"Hall is a dizzyingly talented writer, one likely to spur envy in anyone who's ever picked up a pen."—Entertainment Weekly
"Alexis Hall is the undisputed master of romantic comedy."—Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author
"Every once in a while you read a book that you want to SCREAM FROM ROOFTOPS about. I'm screaming, people!"—Sonali Dev, USA Today bestselling author, on Boyfriend Material
"[T]he joyfully queer British romcom escape book I didn't know I needed. It's absurdly funny and swoonily romantic, with a sharp edge of wit and observation that keeps the story bounding along. An unbridled 'one-more-chapter-oh-no-it's-3am' delight."—KJ Charles, author of A Charm of Magpies series, on Boyfriend Material
"The writing is witty, and [the] chemistry is irresistible, but it's Hall's insights about trust and self-worth that set the story apart. This is a triumph."—Publishers Weekly on Boyfriend Material