The Plumberry School of Comfort Food – Part One: Food, Glorious Food
by Cathy Bramley
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publishing Date: 3rd March 2016
Series: The Plumberry School of Comfort Food #1
Source: Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 107
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Buy the Book: Kindle
This is Part One in a brand-new serial from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.
Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .
But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?
Oh wow, I haven’t even realised how much I am missing Cathy’s writing! I could probably read her books on daily basis, so dear Cathy, please never stop writing novels! I don’t know how the author does it but each time I start a new book or new series by Ms Bramley I immediately feel at home and I feel as if I had known the characters for a long, long time already – the warmth of the writing just envelopes you and really, the stories are like an evening out with best friends – brilliant, funny, comforting and relaxing.
In „Food, Glorious Food” (and believe me, there is a lot of food, glorious food in this first part, so well described that I actually felt my mouth watering, even though I am relatively resistant to such things, but the author has really excelled herself in describing these lovely, gorgeous canapés and some other food. Glorious food. Yes, I am aware I used the word „glorious” already. But it is glorious) we are introduced to the main character, Verity Bloom, not in her best moment to be honest, and let’s only say it involves unfaithful boyfriend, her job and she’s still grieving after the very unexpected death of her best friend Mimi. The story of Verity is so natural and realistic, sounds so believable and she’s another fantastic character from Cathy Bramley (and ditto for the whole cast of characters in „Food, Glorious Food” – I immediately connected with all of them and am already feeling like a part of their gang), and I loved seeing her coming back to life she enjoyed before, to blossoming and starting to laugh again.
The story has me hooked from the very beginning and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. Of course, as usual, it ended with a cliff – hanger, but there is also more, as it introduces us to two potential love interests for Verity, even though she doesn’t think about love, but come on, we know she’s going to fell in love some time, right? The descriptions of the cookery school, inside and outside, and of the village were, as always, full of lovely details, vivid and springing to life. There were characters that you can relate to, it was down – to – earth and – again! – the cover is so incredibly gorgeous and inviting! Loved it and can’t wait for more!