It’s called comfort food for a reason.
Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.
Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House.
The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does.
Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.
For a Rainy Afternoon was exactly what the title promised – a sweet, short story that was perfect for curling up in a corner on a rainy afternoon. Very low angst and mellow, set in the idyllic English country side, we see two people brought together by the love of a special old lady.
The mystery of Maggie’s one true love was definitely in the background, and I had figured out the secret to the recipe long before Robbie did. Maggie is a wonderful character!
For all the hints in the cookbook, I didn’t feel it was given enough of a presence in the book. The recipes stating they were for sadness or clarity – I would have liked to see if they actually worked. Especially as that is what the series is all about. The apple sauce cake didn’t seem to be necessary and therefore did it actually work? If I hadn’t read the blurb for the series, I wouldn’t have known that there was supposed to be something magical about the book and recipes.
I also I felt the story, though lovely, wasn’t long enough to get a real sense of who they were as a couple. We are told they fell into a pattern and that it worked, but aren’t really shown. It was all just so easy.
However, it was nice and comfortable and sometimes that is what you want in a story. If it is, I recommend you give this a read!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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