The Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby Review


“Bridget Jones meets Burnt in this delightful comedy novel about a talented YouTuber and the guy who keeps trying to bring her down. Although part of a series this book is completely standalone, as are all other novels in the Pot Love Series.

In Belsize Park, London, Ashley works hard on her daily YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef”. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much.

James is a gruff British TV director, turned publisher, who Ashley had a crush on ages ago. She has moved on but when he calls with an offer to take her out to lunch she doesn’t say no. It’s only lunch – what can go wrong?

The day Ashley meets James for lunch and he promises her a book deal, she makes the worse decision in her life – to hide the book deal from her boyfriend, Giacomo. As things progress Ashley’s secrets mount up and other things in her life unravel. Is there a connection? And how is she going to get out of this without losing Giacomo and the life she loves?

Set in the heart of fast-paced London, The Sinking Chef is a charming story of love, recipes, secrets, and the determination to do thinks right by those you love most in your life.”


Bridget Jones meets Burnt is a very good description for this fun, flirty read. Ashley reminded me a little of Rachel Khoo, who filmed her Little Paris Kitchen series directly from her own kitchen! When her ex-crush gives her the chance to make her dreams come true, her organised life becomes a web of lies and secrets…

This was a light, fun read that I enjoyed after handing my sixth novel in. The story flowed well, although I did feel the pacing was a little quick in places. I enjoyed getting to know Ashley – she was a very contemporary character who was easy to like. She really was a modern day Bridget Jones, with two men vying for her affections! Her journey throughout the story was engaging and I was interested to see what direction she might take.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable, easy read that provided the perfect post-draft completion stress reliever!


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Author Bio and Links

Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.


Twitter: @bysylvia_a

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