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The Deepest Sin eConvent it s an interesting setting The island is incredibly strange and not filled with kindness and happiness but Elettra does find what she needs there and discovering about her roots has a healingffect on her She s a little bit lost because her mother had too much influence over her life and it was interesting to watch how she discovers herself She finds her own connection with food instead of just her mother s and her kindhearted and curious nature help her and make things "difficult at the same time a fascinating combination that leads to a " at the same time a fascinating combination that leads to a story Valentina Cebeni s descriptive writing style and relaxed pace perfectly suit The Little Italian Bakery Island life might seem peaceful but there s a lot going on beneath the surface I loved how Valentina Cebeni makes Her Story Layered Little Things Sometimes Matter story layered little things sometimes matter lot and she clearly understands the complexity of the situation the convent is in and very motion that comes with it The relationships between the women are strained and difficult but not hopeless and much can be gained through honesty and making sense of the past I was incredibly curious about Edda s secrets and the reason she kept Elettra in the dark and loved finding out The Little Italian Bakery is an intriguing story with plenty of unexpected twists and a fantastic heartwarming nding This isn t a bad little book It is ok It certainly made me wish for a holiday in Italy and made me xtremely hungry when reading it The premise of the book is really good The characters are great and I did njoy reading it But I also thought that the book was a little drawn out I think that if it was a little condensed and it had all the fabulous receipts at the nd of the book Instead of breaking up the story It would have been better to read But all in all I thought it was a good book This book is like a refreshing shot of limoncello zesty fresh and mouthwateringFirstly I must say this book is a foodie s delight and full of delicious baking drinks aniseed bread sweet focaccia almond biscuits lemon jellies amaretti rose wine There are authentic recipes dotted throughout the chapters for most of the treats too I sometimes get disappointed that books featuring caf bakeryfood in the title often lack food goodies in the meat of the story which so often is the main reason I ve picked the book in the first placeAnother delight is the stunning backdrop of the Italian island Elettra visits You really can picture the wild beauty of it feel the searing heat and of course smell the descriptive scents of wild flowers salt herbs and sunshine ven on a drab chilly UK April day Like all good travel fiction books this completely mersed me in amongst the area so I felt I was present within the island the community and the dramaThough set in the present day there is a distinctive historical vibe to this story as it tracks Elettra s mother s past and the background of the commune on the reclusive island you feel transported back to simpler but arduous times where tradition trade and honour are important Though hard to reconcile with progressive attitudes the themes of ostracism misogyny and corruption are still ingrained in some societies and communities and though antiuated to myself reading this story still relevant to the area written about I felt it important to absorb this perspective not challenge it as the story is written by an Italian woman and based on her knowledge And Experiences Of Sardinia When experiences of Sardinia when read the author s acknowledgementsIt definitely has a vibe of books like Captain Corelli s Mandolin Chocolat tc for the history island charm and the travel romance of Isabelle Bloom Jo Thomas Mandy Baggot books so if you are a fan of any of these then I definitely think you ll njoy The Little Italian BakeryThere was I felt moments where the story was padded out for xample a scene would be set for a confrontation between characters but then the paragraphs would go off at a tangent along some other memory or flashback that felt disjointed There were times that I felt I lost track of the timeline the story was on and how long Elettra had been on the island and some parts felt unnecessarily long However overall I njoyed this very Le valeureux guerrier emotive and lyrical story of generations of women and the bonds they sharedThank you to Netgalley and Hayley Camis at Little Brown for sending me a copy that I could review in my own wordsRead all my reviews on Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewMy sister has shelves of books like The Little Itali. Oman The only clue is a family heirloom a necklace inscribed with the name of an islandElettra buys a one way ticket to that island just off the coast of Sardinia Once there she discovers a community of womenach lost in their own way They live in a crumbling S uest to find out about her mother s PAST IS PROMPTED BY AN OTHERWORLDLY ENCOUNTER WHILE VISITING is prompted by an otherworldly Snowflakes on the Sea encounter while visiting mother Edda in hospital Having previously given up her own hopes and dreams she becomes driven by an allncompassing passion to uncover the secrets she s grown up with and sets off for the convent of Saint Elizabeth on Titan s IslandThe moment Elettra sets foot on the island there is mystery in what she sees and throughout the story there are mysteries to uncover with the residents in the community Much is hidden which makes it difficult for Elettra to find out anything so she has to use subterfuge herself to glean anything of meaning With the Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy economy failing and the islanders spirits already downtrodden the fight with the mayor seems insurmountable It s going to take something special to reawaken the memories of the old ones of how it used to be on the island Valentina Cebeni s writing style is poetic which drew me in to the settings and the people Injoyed xperiencing a very difficult culture to my own I did find it difficult to like Elettra with her uest seeming to xclude verything lse I found her cold And Dismissive And I Couldn dismissive and I couldn warm to her at all It s a shame we didn t get to know her when her own dreams and desires were burning brightly as I think it s possible she would have been a very different person My favourite character has to be Isabelle Down to Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival earth she s a women with wisdom to share with those around herThe time Elettra spends in the convent bakery brings magic with the ingredients coming together I loved this For me this offset the overall feeling of melancholy of this story If younjoy baking you ll love that recipes are interspersed at strategic points throughout the story recipes such as the important Pane All AniceThis story is not a light and summery read as you might imagine from the cover and the setting Yes there is friendships love baking community and hope but there s also the underside of life secrets greed and politics domestic violence and ignorance The overall feeling for me was one of melancholyThe Little Italian Bakery shows us there are no wrong decisions that we will find our way Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, eventually and be all the richer for thexperiences we have along the way A feel good read brimming with strong characters friendship love and mystery A delight from start to finish This was a book I ve wanted to read for a while and so glad I did it s also my first book by this author and won t be the last So well written and great characters and full of friendship and romance and learning about your family in a magical place and learning to The Fix enjoy cooking again and of course plenty of food The setting is amazing and you want to go and visit so lovely with great character perfect summer read Elettra has a mother who is in a coma and the family bakery sadly had to close down so she feels so alone She has a locket with the name of a mystery island on that is the only thing that gives her hope and comfort so she decides to leave and go to the island She really wants to learn the truth of her past which her mother has kept a secret so she goes with a one way ticket to the island Once she gets there will she learn about her past and she makes friends with people and will she find a love for baking again and be happy Great read Elettra and her mother Edda have a difficult relationship There s a lot Elettra doesn t know about her mother Edda won t share anything about her past or Elettra s father When Edda slips into a coma Elettra takes over the family bakery but she isn t as successful as her mother and she isn t able to keep it up Toscape the despair she needs a change of scenery and decides to travel to Titan Island the place Edda apparently grew up Will Elettra find some answers thereElettra s search leads her to a dilapidated convent with three female inhabitants Widows are frowned upon on the island and the convent has offered two of them a safe place to stay Lea is running the place "but she has trouble keeping it afloat The women aren t well liked on the island and have no " she has trouble keeping it afloat The women aren t well liked on the island and have no to make money Lea generously offers Elettra a place to stay though There s a connection between the convent and Edda Will Elettra finally find out about her mother s past and what s the ffect of her stay in the convent on the other inhabitants Elettra can cook but can she bring than just good foodThe Little Italian Bakery is a beautiful motional story about family secrets of the past and food I loved the gorgeous Titan Island and the. 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 uestions about her mother's childhood Edda was a secretive ,


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An Baker in her house And Last Time I Was last time "I was I thought it was time to see what she was " was I thought it was time to see what she was Little Italian Bakery is a sweet story full of betrayals secrets liesAs the title may have given away there is baking involved in this story a lot And what it did do was make me crave cake the whole time I was readingElletra s story is captivating and heartbreaking all at the same time I got angry for her I got angry with her My heart hurt for her and all the ladies on the island I just wanted them all to find their happyWhat I did like about this book is that that these were all strong women women who stood up to the bullies and the bad guys I liked that they never gave up never surrendered Oh wait am I uoting Galaxy uest here and in the nd they won veryone overThere are some wonderful recipes throughout the story though I felt that maybe they would have been better of listed together at the Desire in Seven Voices end of the story as they did sometimes take me out of the flow of the story However this could just be meIt also made me hanker for an Italian holiday and I may have checked out airfares there whilst i was reading runs off to check bank balance again When Elettra s mother is still not recovering from a coma and the bakery she ran with her has to close leaving debts Elettra decides to leaveverything behind to find out about her secretive mother s past Her uest brings her to a convent on a small Italian island where the answers to the uestions she seeks reveal much than she ver xpectedWhile this book was good and the main premise of the story interesting it was too drawn out with unnecessary detail Had it been condensed and the recipes added to the The Casa Mono Cookbook end rather than breaking up the flow between chapters the overall story would have been cleaner and a muchnjoyable read I liked the characters and the descriptions of the crumbling convent and their attempts to put it back together again I also liked the way the story concluded bringing the threads of Elettra and her mother s stories together nicely There are many plus points to the book I just feel the story would have been better if told conciselyI received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in xchange for an honest review This book has made me want to check out Sardinia and book a holiday and also njoy some of the delicious tasting food on my travels I ve read a couple of books this year that have made me look up about the setting because it sounds so idyllicThe book is full of secrets rounded characters and a fascinating sounding convent alongside mouthwatering recipes that make you dream of being inside the pages of this book We travel back to discover about Elettra s mum which is really interesting Elettra s mother Edda is in a coma Elettra and her mother have had a very tenuous relationship as Elettra often felt her mother was pushing her to be a baker liker herself She also stopped Elettra from doing what she wanted which was journalism Elettra also struggles to comprehend why Edda is so secretive and closed up about her past All she knows is it has to do with an island When the bakery she has been running has to close Elettra takes off to this island to learn about her mother s past There she discovers a convent and a small community of women But what does it have it do with her motherFor me this was a rather strange read I never understood or connected with Elettra at all or really any of the women I was never convinced by the characters They never came alive I also found an island that treated women and in particular women as if they were shadows or non xistent very hard to accept That wasn t the only issue Maybe it was the translation into English but on page 321 two characters suddenly disappear translation into English but on page 321 two characters suddenly disappear the scene and I was left scratching my head wondering what I had missed I went back and reread No mention of the characters just gone This pulled me out of the story What happened to them only is xplained about 30 pages later By then I didn t really careThere is mystery romance food and women working in community all the ingredients of what should have been a recipe for a captivating read But I found the story plodded along Although I was interested in some aspects of the story I felt I had to force myself to keep going Toward the nd I started to skim just to get through it Recipes are included throughout the book Since I m not interested in baking I skipped over them Some people may njoy this book but it was just an okay read for me I was glad when I finished it. Onvent 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. ,
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