Sunshine & Secrets – The Paradise Cookery School
by Daisy James
About the Author
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
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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 and with cocoa pods going missing from the plantation, Millie’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Barker, 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.
Travel to St. Lucia to escape all your problems in this book and enter the Caribbean and all its life and food. That’s what main character, Millie did! She escaped the fact she has a broken heart after newly breaking up with her boyfriend Luke. The original destination was Nice, France, until such a great opportunity in St. Lucia, she was persuaded not to pass up on came her way.
There is a new cookery school is opening up at Claudia’s villa in the hills overlooking the bay at Soufrière in the south of St Lucia. She won’t be alone though as she meets other people inhabiting the island. The characters are all well written and really fit well into this book. They are all characters that I found I wanted to read about and I am sure other readers will want to as well.
I love the descriptions of the setting and the warmth that oozes from them as they will take readers on a journey in such a way that anyone can delight in being able to picture themselves there and basque in the warm glow. There’s also tenderly written romance and broken hearts and thoughts of past love in the paradise that is St. Lucia. There are also twists and turns along the way and paradise isn’t all what it always seems to be as well as lots of food.
Firstly, when readers encounter the new cookery school, the kitchen has to be installed and there are emails that need tending to with what is to be expected. The emails are well thoughtout in their font as it is different from the rest of the type in the main story, so they stand-out well.
There are plenty of food and recipes being created within this book, which makes it different and quite fun, especially if you like reading or eating food, or both. The food is so well written that any reader will be able to imagine what it could actually taste like, its a treat for the senses.
It isn’t just people who work around the cookery school and the cocoa plantation, which is also owned by Claudia. There is also Henri,who is a journalist in St. Lucia, when readers meet this character. He would enlighten any reader as he talks about whatelse goes on this seemingly paradise island, such as drugs and corruption. It’s clever of the author to point this out I reckon and it prevents the story from being whimsical as well as informing readers that all is not always as it first seems on this island as there is a darker side to the paradise backdrop.
This is an excellent, effortless read to escape into for awhile, where the story glides across the pages at a good pace. It’s warm, it’s scenic, it’s got some twists as secrets are uncovered, it has emotion. It is also a delicious read with all that food, to make you end up with an appetite of your own. With all that going on, it’s a well thought out, well written and paced book that is thoroughly enjoyable. I very much recommend this book.
* With thanks to Ellie Pilcher from the publishers – Canelo for sending me an e-book review copy and for the author Daisy James for contacting her publishers and for allowing me to review her book. Thanks also to Daisy James for supplying me with her author bio and photo.
*This review is impartial.
Title: Sunshine and Secrets – The Paradise Cookery School
Author: Daisy James
Main Purchase Points: Amazon
Other books by Daisy James can be purchased from WH Smith.