The start of the lighter nights here in the U.K. My favourite time of year. I love watching the garden flowers start to grow and buds appearing. Feels like the start of new beginnings.
But not so sure, about losing the hour sleep. But the gain is greater. Just hoping for some good weather with Easter looming.
Today we are hosting the blog tour for “Sunshine and Secrets” by Daisy James, published by Canelo.
Sunshine and Secrets
When newly heartbroken, michelin-starred chef Millie Harper is offered a job overseeing the setup of The Paradise Cookery School she jumps at the opportunity. Leaving London and her memories of heartbreak behind she hops on a plane to the hilltop cocoa plantation in St Lucia.
But this beautiful island break might be more work than she’d expected…. With only two weeks to have the kitchen installed, cocoa pods going missing from the plantation and the notoriously relaxed island workmen to contend with, she’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Baxter, is only too happy to offer his opinions. As the two clash heads can they remain focussed on the job in hand and get the cookery school finished in time?
Pack your bags and jump right into the sun and secrets of The Paradise Cookery School. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French.
Openingthe front cover to Chapter one we join Millie on a phone call, receiving the news that she has been offered a job to oversee the renovations and set up of The Paradise Cookery School. And it’s straight on the plane and of to St Lucia.
And it’s that chapter that sets the pace for the story ahead, although I would add not the pace of the builders completing the renovations at the new cookery school that is just one of the many challenges Millie faces in St Lucia
Millie is the main character and Michelin star Chef and incredibly warming character. You can’t help but warm to her and the journey she faces. She has just suffered a recent split from her boyfriend – The one who wouldn’t commit – and is looking for something new to put this behind her.
The book is set in St Lucia and although Millie arrives to the daily tropical shower, the hours of sunshine ahead makes for a very warming read. Daisy James transports us to the location with the vivid descriptions and I almost feel like I’ve visited when finishing the story. The book cover depicts just a taste of what’s ahead when you read the story. It’s not a disappointment!
And it’s not just the location, where do I start with the food! With Millie a chef, one of her tasks is to set up the recipient for the cookery school. She meets and becomes good friends with Ella, who is there to support her with the recipient and they get to work together, personalities and cookery skills bouncing off each other. Oh my, the cookery sections of the story will have your mouth watering. You can almost taste the food they cook. I loved the part of the story where Millie makes so many cakes, she has made enough for an army of people. And in steps the estate manager, who introduces her to the local cafe/bar. Where we are introduced to a friendly community of locals that befriend Millie.
The one difference with this story is the hidden mystery of the Cocoa Pods. I don’t want to give anything away, but it is certainly a mystery that Millie has stumbled upon and has a desire to resolve. And you won’t expect what’s ahead.
A heart warming story, that will make you smile, hungry(!) and feel as though you have been on holiday to St Lucia. An easy feel good read, with an added mystery, that’s highly recommended.
Thank you to Ellie, Daisy James and Canelo for approaching us to read, review and join the book tour.
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Sunshine and Secrets, was published by Canelo on 19th March you can purchase a copy Here
Serendipity Loves x
* We received a copy of Sunshine and Secrets from Canelo, in return for an open and honest review.