Happy Friday, all! I’ve got brownies baking in the oven, making the whole house smell like chocolate, which seems just about right for a Friday, doesn’t it?
I’ve been visiting all sorts of happy comfort reads this week, starting with a re-read of Louise Miller’s The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, about a Boston chef who (literally) burns down her career and finds herself taking a job as pastry chef at a rural Vermont inn– and then, of course, really finds herself, along with a wonderful cast of loveable side characters. I’ve heard this book compared to Gilmore Girls, and the comparison is not wrong, from the bucolic setting to the snappy dialogue.
From small American towns, I moved on to small British towns, with Trisha Ashley’s A Leap of Faith, one of her early books, now reissued, about a fantasy novelist who moves to a small Welsh town, where, of course, shenanigans ensue. I love that this book is as much about the relationship between the heroine and her two best friends as it is the budding romance with the hero (the romance is almost a bit of an afterthought– it’s the friend hijinks that count).
Sticking with the small English village theme, I’m currently in the midst of another Miss Marple re-read, this time The Moving Finger, in which a small village is terrorized by a spate of poison pen letters.
In the meantime, I’ve also brushed off my original copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation for the Pink Carnation Read Along, which kicks off this month.
What have you been reading this week?