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The Little Italian Bakery

The Little Italian Bakery

Friendship, food and romance await on this magical Italian island. It’s the perfect summer read.

‘A true feast for the senses’ Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky

‘A bit of sunshine and romance and a whiff of ethereal mystery. What’s not to like?’ Trip Fiction

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.

**Features real recipes throughout including aniseed bread, rose- and honey-infused wine and spiced biscuits**
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 19th April 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781408707968


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
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