The Sunshine and Biscotti Club
Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…
…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks before The Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.
With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmar...more
Libby finds out her husband has been cheating just before she is due to open her old family business. She calls on her group of friends from Uni days and they all arrive ready to paint and renew the hotel rooms and practice the classes Libby is going to offer.
Evie's marriage is feeling a little tired and she thinks the break may clear ...more
One of the main things I enjoyed was getting to know the mix of friends that arrive to help Libby get her hotel (and The Sunshine and Biscotti Club) back on track. I loved the descriptions of each character and you really got a lovely feel of thei ...more
The story alternates between the three leading ladies, Libby who is a food blogger and owner of the ...more
Ultimately the storyline is about a group of friends who are reunited this Summer to help Libby renovate her baking school slash hotel ready to open to visitors from all over the world but along the way we find out each of them have their own relationship problems t ...more
It is an enjoyable read, with fun bits (although there is one sad bit that I did not see coming *sniffle*)
I loved the setting and the characters, and I really did enjoy it. However, the plot did tend to slow a little, meaning that I wasn't always engaged with the story.
Otherwise I loved it
I requested the book first thing from NetGalley because I had a feeling that it's winking at me, saying: read me! I just had a feeling it is just drawing me somehow, with its beautiful, sunny cover and lovely title, and well, it's by Jenny Oliver, whose books I've already read and loved.
Each chapter is told from the different character's point of view, and I liked it very much, as it gave us a great perspective and let us know their thoughts. Libby is a food blogger and owner of the Hotel Limonc ...more
This is a story about friendship, heartbreak, acceptance, forgiveness, love, and food.
The characters are fun-loving, dependable, flawed, and real. The plot is interesting and engaging. The writing is exquisite. And the prose is descriptive and witty.
To me, it was like sitting down to watch a reunion episode of Friends, but instead of the usual gang sitting around the Central Perk, this one had a new light-hearted bunch gathering in the lush countryside of I ...more
A great story about a group of friends who accept an invitation for a work/play vacation from one of their own. Taking place in Italy. Libby has inherited an old, shabby hotel. I enjoyed the ambience and the interactions of the characters. A nice light read.
I picked up The Summerhouse by the Sea by Jenny Oliver at the beginning of this summer and I absolutely loved it. So naturally, I asked the author herself for further recommendations. And what she recommended was The Sunshine and Biscotti Club. I was hesitant at first because I don’t really like books with too many main characters. But yesterday ...more
The old gang shows up; old alliances begin to reform, including tentative romances. Many knowing glances are exchanged; some skinny dipping ensues. This is all in ...more
The setting is portrayed beautifully and as I have a soft spot for Italy I delved in right away. As I said it was a very cute story but sometimes it was a little hard to b ...more
We follow along with the three main female characters and we learn about their friendships and relationships with their three male (former) neighbors. I think the author did a wonderful job entwining their past memories with current storyline, and despite having quite a few characters ...more
This one took me a bit to connect with the main characters. At first I found them all a little bit annoying and self-centered. Once the book evolved it was a really great story about personal growth and adulthood. Of course it also made me want to buy a ramshackle hotel and move to the Tuscan countryside!
It was difficult to get into, so many characters, each with a long story behind then. But 1\2 way through, I felt a part of their lives and didn't want to put my book down or have the story to end. Read, get into it . . . and you will not be disappointed.
Her book The Sunshine and Biscotti Club, set in sunny Tuscany, was nominated for the Best Contemporary Romantic Novel at the RONA awards.
Jenny wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister's Vogue, it was ...more