Feb 19, 2015

The Love Goddess' Cooking School by Melissa Senate

Blurb

 Camilla’s Cucinotta: Italian Cooking Classes. Fresh take-home pastas & sauces dailyBenvenuti! (Welcome!)
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. 

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Holly is heartbroken when she returns to the island she loves so much. On Blue Crab Island she's trying to find herself again while staying with her grandmother, Camilla. Unfortunately tragedy strikes soon, because her grandmother dies just a few days after her arrival. Holly inherits her business, which means her Italian food shop and her cooking school. There's only one problem, Holly doesn't know how to cook. She has to start teaching soon as four students have signed up for her class even though her grandmother isn't there anymore to tell them everything she knows about Italian cooking. Fortunately Holly has her grandmother's recipes to help her out. The magic of the cooking is in the magic of the wishes that are being put into the food. Camilla had a gift, unfortunately Holly hasn't inherited it, but even though she can't help people the way her grandmother used to, she has her own way of bringing people together. Slowly Holly learns how to cook and how to be the person she's always wanted to be. Will love be part of that new future as well? 

Holly can't help but falling in love with Liam, whose twelve-year-old daughter is helping her with her cooking classes. He's a sweet and charming man, but he also has some baggage that might be getting in their way. An old friend from the island is joining the class as well, she's carrying a terrible burden and is looking for comfort and peace. The other two students are a man who wants to learn how to cook, so he can serve his daughter something decent and a woman who's very actively looking for the love of her life. Together they form a wonderful and unique friendship.

I loved this book. It has food, spells, friendship, love and learning which are the perfect ingredients for a wonderful story. The Love Goddess' Cooking School is such an amazing book. I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed every minute of it. I fell in love with Camilla's beautiful way of cooking. Holly has to work very hard to keep her grandmother's business afloat, but she practices as much as she can. I liked that determination. This story shows that things could really happen when you put in effort and hard work, which is such a lovely message. I wish I could join Holly's classes and taste her food. The atmosphere on the island together with Camilla's history gave the story some extra depth. Everyone has a story and their journeys aren't all sunshine and happiness, but eventually things are going to be all right. This book is really special and I highly recommend it!
 

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