How to Bake A New Beginning by Lucy Knott


Please note that the cover leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!

Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver, Carole Mathews and Lucy Diamond.

The Review:

I actually came across the lovely this book when I found The Blossom Twins’ blog and jumped when offered it to review (thanks so much to the lovely Kelly and of course Lucy for the book in return for an honest review). So. You’ll have seen a few days ago I posted of how the floodgates for all tears for people who have departed this earth were raised when I read the brilliant Bernice Bloom’s book about a man speaking about his life and contacting strangers to come to his funeral. Throughout this book I reminisced about my granny and grandad, wishing I knew them now so we could have proper chats. How silly was I to move straight onto this, a book about a grandfather passing away and his family trying to come to terms with it by putting together the recipes he had helped them with over the years?

So I started this book and was thrilled to find that there were recipes in it that were for basic dishes (they are of italian origin) and sauces. A lot of them are a little funny in that they are told exactly as their Grandad helped them make the foods, although some seemed to be in more detail and these were the ones I wouldn’t have known as well so maybe they’re all re-creatable! This book was full of warmth and familial love and lovely, nice little smiley moments. I loved meeting their grandfather and how they interacted and cooked together. I have to admit the music part of the book worried me, Sabrina living the high life in LA, because it didn’t quite fit in, with Sabrina’s  job at risk from a boss who seems to be putting her own needs first, but saying that, we spent so much time away from there it didn’t really matter.

The descriptions and settings, so vibrant, totally brought me with the girls and I sobbed throughout the book too (epecially when they went back to their beloved Italy without their lovely grandad and met up with their Nanna’s sisters-oh God here I go again! Sob!). The Christmas descriptions, which were a nice surprise, given that it’s that time of year and it doesn’t look like a Christmassy book, were everything I needed, the characters lovely, fun ever present and romance gorgeous and actually that’s the word of the day for this book. Beyond recommended!



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