This has been on my wishlist only since May 🙂 It was one of the International Chick Lit Month spotlighted books. I just love the sound of this book and the reviews on Amazon are fabulous.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Press; Original edition (26 Oct 2010)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 1439107238
- ISBN-13: 978-1439107232
Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine–a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can’t make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that’s why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla’s Cucinotta, she’s determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother’s legacy. But Holly’s four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla’s chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter’s heart. Juliet, Holly’s childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can’t find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad, Liam, from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend. As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla’s essential ingredients of wishes and memories in every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed–and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.
I recently saw this review on OneMorePage‘s blog so this is a recent addition to my wish list! Love that it is part memoir and of course I love reading about historical events.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (18 July 2011)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 1408801256
- ISBN-13: 978-1408801253
In 1943 Emma Smith joined the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company under their wartime scheme of employing women to replace the boaters. She set out with two friends on a big adventure: three eighteen-year-olds, freed from a middle-class background, precipitated into the boating fraternity. They learn how to handle a pair of seventy-two foot-long canal boats, how to carry a cargo of steel north from London to Birmingham and coal from Coventry; how to splice ropes, bail out bilge water, keep the engine ticking over and steer through tunnels. They live off kedgeree and fried bread and jam, adopt a kitten, lose their bicycles, laugh and quarrel and get progressively dirtier and tougher as the weeks go by. “Maidens’ Trip” is a classic memoir of the growth to maturity of three young women in the exceptional circumstances of Britain at war.
What’s on your wishlist? Comments always welcomed