Recipe for Mr Ideal by Anni Rose
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Recipe for Mr Ideal

Published Date: February 28, 2023

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Book 4 in series!

320 pages


Would you settle for Mr Less-Than-Ideal for a chance at happily-ever-after?

Registrar Maddie Winter has overseen enough weddings to know that marriage is not just for Christmas (or Valentine’s Day) – it’s for life, and regardless of whether the ceremony involves specially trained owls, dinosaurs or the police, it should be only the beginning of a story that will end in happily-ever-after.

Saying that, Maddie’s own married life is far from perfect – her husband, David, is more interested in his phone than in her, and when he suddenly walks out, Maddie’s long-held beliefs are put to the test.

Except Maddie knows David was never really her ‘Mr Ideal’; that was sweet, funny, motorbike-riding Josh Diamond – although obviously not that ideal, as he did dump her to move to the States. Even so, when Josh unexpectedly rides back into town, Maddie begins to wonder whether her happily-ever-after could still be to come …

Book 4 Recipes for Life. Book 1 – Recipe for Mr Right. Book 2 – Recipe for Mr Perfect. Book 3 – Recipe for Mr Super.

Available as an eBook & audiobook on all platforms. Paperback available from Amazon.  

Anni Rose

Anni Rose

Anni lives in Wiltshire with her husband, her sister, two dogs, a cat and a grey speckled hen. She has had a number of short stories published in various magazines and her work also appears in a number of anthologies.

She has wanted to write for as long as she can remember. As a child, she produced reams of stories. Thankfully most of them have been lost over the years, although the ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ did resurface recently! And when not writing, she read voraciously.

Work might have got in the way for a while, but writing was a love that never died and she loves it as much now as she did back then.

These days, she writes modern day romances with – spoiler alert – a happy ending and a healthy dollop of humour thrown in.

Away from writing, Anni can usually be found behind a camera, walking her dogs, enjoying her husband’s curries or one of her sister’s bakery treats.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Barbara p
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    This interesting story shows how a single comment can change lives for many people. Maddie, David and Josh’s lives are totally entwined seemingly forever. The author describes Maddie’s job as a registrar very well and uses it as a pivotal part of the story. The story held me throughout and turning pages, hoping against hope for a happy and correct ending. Did that happen? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out! Enjoy. 5*

  2. Stacey R.
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    This is the second book I’ve read in this series. I think it is my favorite so far. I really enjoyed Maddie and Josh’s story. David is just the right amount of evil to keep me turning the page to see if Josh and Maddie end up together. I especially loved the bits when Maddie is at work and the unusual people that come in to the registrar’s office to get married – so funny! This was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it!

  3. Yvonne Greene
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    Maddie is so lovely even though she lost the love of her life, Josh, many years ago. She literally marries people for a living! She is trying to save her own marriage to David, who had seemed like the good guy, coming to rescue her broken heart. However when Josh reappears on the scene, maybe everything is not what it seems! A thoroughly engaging and entertaining story of how Maddie finds out the truth and what she will do about it. I loved this novel and couldn’t put it down.

  4. Ruth
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    4* A light-hearted and enjoyable read

    The fourth in Anni Rose’s RomCom ‘Recipe For’ series, each book is stand-alone and may be read in any order.

    Wanting to keep up the appearance of being happily married, Maddie Winter has told no-one that her husband David has walked out of their marriage. As a Registrar she conducts weddings and believes that marriage is for life. When her first boyfriend Josh returns from America for a short business trip, Maddie lets him believe that she’s still married to David, she can’t trust Josh after he left her without an explanation. Told over the course of a year, with numerous misunderstandings and lost opportunities for Maddie and Josh to declare their true feelings for each other.

    A guaranteed happy ending.

  5. Gill L.
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    I was hooked from the first page of this book which is always a good and encouraging sign, and I enjoyed the story unfolding (predictable really but still good) I always think these ones are a bit like panto – you keep wanting to shout ‘he’s behind you!’ I would have liked the villain to suffer more at the end, but at least we got to a HEA. I can recommend this as a good read without any qualms.

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