BOOK CLUB: When It All Went To Custard

Author: Danielle Hawkins
ISBN: 9781775541417
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 15 April 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

I first read Danielle Hawkins back in 2016 and I loved her style and her story telling. Her titles are food-centric and I love that…. and I still want to go back and read Chocolate Cake for Breakfast.

I read The Pretty Delicious Café and there was a café at the heart of the story. I’m not sure where food fits into When It All Went To Custard but it’s a much more family friendly way to end that phrase than any of the words I’m thinking of.

Jenny Reynolds wasn’t having a great day and then she found out about her husband’s affair and things got a lot more complicated.

Single motherhood was never part of the plan, the children are still young and devastated by the separation and the family farm may also be jeopardised by the current state of affairs.

When It All Went To Custard covers the year after Jenny’s life fell apart. It’s a story of family, farming, pets, neighbours and new beginnings.

I haven’t had the time to pick this one up, though I hope to find it soon, but I have just read the first chapter and it shows delicious promise with warmth and humour from the very first page.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

I wasn’t enjoying the afternoon of 23 February even before I learnt that my husband was having an affair …

The news of her husband’s infidelity comes as a nasty shock to Jenny Reynolds, part-time building control officer and full-time mother – even though, to her surprise and embarrassment, her first reaction is relief, not anguish. What really hurts is her children’s unhappiness at the break-up, and the growing realisation that, alone, she may lose the family farm.

This is the story of the year after Jenny’s old life falls apart; of family and farming, pet lambs and geriatric dogs, choko-bearing tenants and Springsteen-esque neighbours. And of just perhaps a second chance at happiness.

I look forward to reading what our members thought of this one.

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When It All Went To Custard is published by HarperCollins Australia and is available now where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HarperCollins Australia 11 of our Beauty and Lace club members will be reading When It All Went To Custard so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

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