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Araminta Sinclair is horrified when she learn her brother Sir Harry Sinclair has lost £600 gaming, to the Marquis of Wayne.
She offers to five up the small sum collected for her debut in London and then has an inspiration as to how they can obtain the rest.
Her father, the previous Baronet, a gourmet and an epicure insisted on his daughter becoming an exceptionally fine cook.
How Araminta enlists the help of General Sir Alexander Bracknell, one of Wellington's Commanders, how there is a bet that her cooking can rival that of Careme - the Prince Regent's Master Chef - and how her deception brings her heart-break and finally happiness is told in this dramatic 186th book by Barbara Cartland.
This has to be one of those books that even if it was stripped of all romance I would have still enjoyed it.
I really liked Araminta. She had a head on her shoulder and she used it. When her brother gets into debts (£600!) she immediately starts thinking of how to pay it and fix the situation.
She is going to cook her way to it!
Arrogant and distant the Marquis of Wayne has no qualms about taking money from young idiots who have nothing better to do than gamble away their fortunes. And then he make a bet that involves the Prince Regent’s cook and Araminta and his perception of life tips.
While not my favourite Barbara Cartland hero he isn’t my least favourite. He was a bit of an overbearing numpty but he comes through at the end.
Hmmm…I found the romance lacking a wee bit. It was very much love at first sight and lacked a bit of development.
All in All
I really enjoyed the random cooking details about kitchens and ostrich brains (no ostriches were harmed in the reading of this book).
The occasional historical detail popped in too.