Thank you to Netgalley, Author Jenny Oliver and publishers Carina for gifting me a copy of this book. I was gripped straight away by the title, as those who know me will know I am so a foodie reader!
Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…
…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks before The Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.
With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmare might just become the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
After all, you can’t bake biscotti without breaking a few eggs…
For guaranteed sunshine all holiday long, pack your bags and escape to The Sunshine and Biscotti Club – the irresistible new book from Jenny Oliver
Published May 19th 2016 by Carina
The book revolves around three girl friends meeting up in Tuscany. They haven’t seen each other for a while, so their summer is to be spent helping Libby bring her beloved Hotel Limoncello back to its full beauty. Each of the girls have their issues and problems. But the summer brings them sunshine, friendship and a good dose of biscotti.
I love the idea of a hotel and baking school in Italy, a summer in the sunshine with lemon groves, fresh fruit, herbs and a lake nearby. It sounds totally idyllic. Jenny Oliver’s descriptions are serene, beautiful and really put a vision in the readers imagination.
“The leaves of the lemon grove sat waxy and motionless, the water in the distance was a cool sweep of calm blue..”
Throughout the story, we hear about each of the characters, their problems and their thoughts. The narrative changes from one character to the other as the chapters go on. This is easy to follow, and lets the reader get into the minds of Libby, Eve and Jessica so we can understand each of them. The relationships between the characters seemed real and you can see the changes in their relationships as you read along, from their pasts, to before they met up again and during their summer together.
My favourite character is food blogger Libby, she has caught her Husband being ‘unHusbandly’, so she is whole-heartedly focused on her baking school and also her food blog. I loved the part where we read about her making her vlog post for baking liquorice biscotti.
“…decided to record a midnight feast video for the blog. The garden outside, silent and eerie in the moonlight, was the perfect backdrop.”
And, while outwardly looking perfect and happy, I can tell that the Author knows a bloggers mind, and I felt that I could really relate to Libby when we hear her thoughts about her blog.
“She thought how the blog was the one place that had stayed normal throughout all this. How, whatever was going on outside, she could dive in there and be in complete control.”
I loved The Sunshine and Biscotti Club as its not just your average hotel in Italy, its a cookery school. So, as such, the Author shares recipes with us. We see how the friends make the items that Libby had chosen for them, and some being ‘ok’ cooks, and some giving us laughs at their attempts to follow the instructions. There is a really fun part where they have a bit of freedom to make the best desert that they can. This really fed my foodie readers mind, and my chick lit reader chuckles.
Overall, this book is a story of summer escapism. It has fun, food and sunshine. What more could a summer read give you.
This is the first book I have read by Jenny Oliver, but it certainly won’t be the last. Have you read The Sunshine and Biscotti Club? Leave me the link to your review if you have please. Can you recommend any other Jenny Oliver books? or any foodie books for me? I always love to hear other booklovers thoughts, so please join the booklove in the comments below.
HAPPY READING MY FELLOW BOOKLOVERS!