The Little Italian Bakery
A heart-warming summer read about love and new beginnings
By Valentina Cebeni
In Elettra's bakery, food is the way to the heart . . .
A novel from the publisher of The Little Paris Bookshop
'A true feast for the senses' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky
The scent of freshly baked biscuits, lemon and aniseed reminds Elettra of her mother's kitchen. But her mother is in a coma, and the family bakery is failing. Elettra is distraught; she has many unanswered questions about her mother's childhood - Edda was a secretive woman. The only clue is a family heirloom: a necklace inscribed with the name of an island.
Elettra buys a one-way ticket to that island, just off the coast of Sardinia. Once there, she discovers a community of women, each lost in their own way. They live in a crumbling convent, under threat from the local mayor and his new development plan. It is within the convent's dark corridors and behind its secret doors that Elettra discovers a connection to her mother's past. She also falls in love again: with friendship, baking and adventure.
Readers love The Little Italian Bakery:
'This book is like a refreshing shot of limoncello; zesty, fresh and mouthwatering!'
'A beautifully written book which I loved from the first page'
'It transports you away to a wonderful setting filled with tantalising scents and experiences and really makes you want to book a holiday'
'A lovely, uplifting, feel-good story that I literally devoured in one sitting'
'This book is one that touches the soul'
Valentina Cebeni was born in Italy. She is a passionate reader with a background in the classics. Since her teenage years, Valentina has cultivated her love of writing with the discipline of a Tibetan monk, determined to explore the recesses of the human soul through her characters. She currently lives in Rome.
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19 Apr 2018
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Set on a beautifully evoked Italian island, this atmospheric story is full of friendship, love, and the most wonderful characters - a true feast for the senses. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't remember the last time a book made me feel so hungry! — Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky
Elettra wants to know about her family's past. All she has to go on is an heirloom necklace inscribed with the name of an island off Sardinia. There she discovers a community of women living in a convent, all lost in their own way. Could they and their ancient building hold the answers she seeks? A feel-good read by Valentina Cebeni — Hello!
Tired of secrets, Elettra sets out to visit the Italian island of her mother's birth. But as the past unfolds, more secrets confront her and only the old recipe book seems to show a way forward (4 stars) — Prizes magazine
Food and Italy, a bit of sunshine and romance and a whiff of ethereal mystery. What's not to like? [The Little Italian Bakery] is crowned by a love interest, and love itself in its various forms, together with wonderfully evocative food descriptions, meld together as the overarching themes. Recipes are included for some of the baking delicacies featured. It is at heart a novel with a melancholic feel, tempered by full-on life that can only mean Italy — Trip Fiction