Friday, 23 May 2014

#BEDM- Book Review- Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

One prompt for #BEDM was to do a post we wouldn't normally do so I thought I'd give blogging a book review a try! 

Thanks Amazon for the image

On a Monday at the start of May we went to Morrisons and as we were paying I spotted Dorothy Koomson's newest 'Flavours of Love' on sale for HALF PRICE. After dropping some not very subtle hints.. i.e. "Oh. I love her books, I've read all the others... oh look it's half price" I got it and took it home. Well, by Thursday morning.. I'd finished it!!

If I'm honest that's pretty standard! I LOVE reading and I read quite quickly plus it was a lot more interesting then my assignments!

Foremost, I do LOVE Dorothy Koomson, I was very lucky when Rose Petal Beach came out that I won all of her books. For those of you who haven't read anything by her I'd describe it as intellectual chick lit or chick lit with a twist.
Don't get me wrong I LOVE chick lit/little story/high drama etc. But Dorothy is the queen of the twists! 
Flavours of Love is no different. Set eighteen months after the death of Saffron's husband, Joel and jumping around from present to past it details the ups and downs, serious family issues, and the continued harassment of Saffron by Joel's un-convicted murder. 

Here is the blurb: 
'I'm looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you. If I find it, I know you'll come back to me.'
It's been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I've decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I'm coping so well without him - they have no idea what I've been hiding or what I do away from prying eyes. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed something so devastating it could destroy our family all over again, and my husband's killer has started to write to me claiming to be innocent, I know it's only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I've done is revealed to the world.
My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.

You really empathise with the characters and root for them, especially Saffron she isn't your stereotypical fictitious widow. 
Basically, there is nothing stereotypical about Koomson's characters and storylines. For example, Saffron's dealing with her daughters dramatic revelation (eeeek. trying not to put any spoilers in). There isn't a single one dimensional character within the book just when you think you've sussed someone out BAM something changes about them. Even more than that but just when you think you've figured out who the baddie is again.. something twists. It's just not predictable which for some might be frustrating.. but I love it! 

Even better the last pages of the book are some of the recipes mentioned in the book.. a combination of literature and food? I'm there! I'm super excited to try some of the recipes out at some point.

From my perspective I wound up with a few unanswered questions but perhaps that's an excuse to just read it again.

I'd really recommend this book or any of Koomson's work (especially if you saw the ITV adaptation of 'Ice Cream Girls' the book is WAYYYY better)

Until tomorrow..

Have you read any Dorothy Koomson books? What book have you read most recently? 

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