by Martine Bailey (Goodreads Author)
Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook's Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall.
Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Like Jo Baker’s Longbourn, it opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal.
by Jennifer Faye (Goodreads Author)
Sometimes life gives you lemons and you just want to throw them back. And sometimes you find a way to turn them into le…more
Sometimes life gives you lemons and you just want to throw them back. And sometimes you find a way to turn them into lemonade. Well, Lizzie Addler takes a different approach. She chooses to take them and whip a not-too-sweet, well-proportioned, mile-high lemon meringue pie—both literally and metaphorically.
Lizzie intrigued me. She has survived and flourished even though her life had been littered with hard knocks. But things are at last looking up for her. She has just won a reality television cooking show. Her prize is two months in sunny Rome learning from a renowned chef. For a New York girl, this was a dream come true. What possibly could go wrong?
Well, a strong heroine is going to need a strong hero, but don’t worry Dante DeFiore is up to the task. He lives up to his reputation of enjoying life, but when things turn serious, he makes tracks. He’s witnessed firsthand the damage from a broken heart and he wants no part of it. Can Lizzie be the person who gets him to stand still long enough to find out the power of love?
Join Lizzie and Dante as they find love beneath an Italian sunset. [close]
― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
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