Friday, 2 August 2019

Book Review - The Ingredients For Happiness by Lucy Knott

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Title: The Ingredients For Happiness
Author: Lucy Knott
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 1st August 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…
Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?

Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.

Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit! 

What an accomplished second book this is from Lucy Knott. 

I was onboard with the plot really quickly, and loved how the book alternated between Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa, so we could really see everything about all three of the sisters, who are all so different. 

There is Aamanda who is following her dreams of opening an Italian Cafe in Manchester,  Sabrina living in the states and managing a very popular band, and Louisa who is following her dreams in Italy of being a fashion designer.  

Add into the mix that Amanda and Sabrina are both dating men from the band Sabrina is managing,  and the extended Italian family out on the Amalfi Coast and you have a fabulous selection of characters to discover. 

As much as I loved the various storylines featuring each sister, to me the hear of the book is food. Every chapter starts with a family recipe for something Italian. Of course with the way Italian families work, a lot of the recipes involve remembering how your grandparents do it, instead of written instructions - so if you are partial to bit of cooking perhaps best to check the recipes against real life versions instead. 

Not only that but between the recipes on each chapter, and the setting up of a cafe, there is food to be had in all chapters.  It may make you crave some Italian food. 

This is s a story about sisterly relationships, dealing with fame and interfering family,.  It's a really lovely book  and  I really enjoyed every moment of it.  I enjoyed Lucy Knott's debut but I feel this one kicks her writing up a notch and I can definitely say that I look forward to more from her.  

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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