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mobi ↠ An Appetite for Violets ☆ Martine Bailey That’s how it is for us servants No one pays you much heed; mostly you’re invisible as furniture Yet you overhear a conversation here and add a little gossip there A writing desk lies open and you cannot help but read a paper Then you find something something you should not have foundIrrepressible Biddy Leigh under cook at the forbidd The opening scene grabbed my attention right away and there is no way I wouldn’t immerse in the story just to find out what happened Like an ambitious recipe the novel has many different ingredients adventure mystery romance and gothic suspense It is a geographical and gastronomical journey from Cheshire England to Florence Italy with a memorable and lively narrator Biddy Leigh She is an under cook at the Mawton Hall whose dreams of settling down with her sweetheart had to be postponed by her new mistress's plans to travel to Italy The trip sweeps Biddy into a world of scheming secrets and lies And that is where I stop as saying would spoil the plot I loved Biddy Her spirits are infectious her loyalty is admirable and her drive to succeed is unstoppable The author beautifully captures the feel of the 18th century The pace of the story is slow at times but I never lost interest As it develops the plot thickens and becomes disturbing and twisted And the very last twist made me gasp Much of the narrative revolves around food and cooking Each chapter starts with what appears to be a random recipe or a cure of the times but they are not random they are integral part of the storyI'm amazed to find out that this is Ms Bailey's debut She's definitely the author to watch

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kindle ✓ An Appetite for Violets Hardcover read ↠ naturaltreatment ´ That’s how it is for us servants No one pays you much heed; mostly you’re invisible as furniture Yet you overhear a conversation here and add a little gossip there A writing desk lies open and you cannot help but read a paper ?s Jewel in which she records her observations When she finds herself embroiled in a murderous conspiracy Biddy realises that the secrets she holds could be the key to her survival – or her downfall AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS is an utterly compelling story of food obsession and mystery introducing a brilliant new voice in historical fictio Is this book flawless? Not completely But my enjoyment of this saucy tale is certainly 5 star And completely exceptional for the category of crossover genre It's certainly historical fiction and yet chick lit to a degree But entails a mystery and surrounds a good deal of cook bookIt all adds up to be absolutely delightful and even surprisingly entrenched suare within the period As opposed to other current fare in these modes this Biddy is pure late 18th century She has s sensibilities class identity conscience and pride of her place and time And it doesn't hurt either that she is never faultless but precisely Biddy nervy Knowing nothing about this author nor the book's subject never even reading one review before it fell to me I had not an inkling of expectation that this would entice me completely for 3 days Not as a tear jerker or a victim's voicing nor another descendant's search for some history towards a uest or legacy of inherited treasure I believe there must be 500 of those a year in English right now No not an inherited clue or treasure promised toward an erudite plot here Nothing but original humans coming alive in the printed word living the fortune's wheel of 18th century life and health It's a woman's tale It's good And it inspires me to take a comfort day of making soups and savories Its certain fault is that it ties the ends neatly than they would be tied in life and that the beginning is a trifle confusing toward the stronger tones of the food progressions But in its category tone nuance of connection absolutely lovely Also recommended for those who love stories about friendship tested

Martine Bailey ☆ An Appetite for Violets kindle

An Appetite for VioletsIng Mawton Hall can’t wait to settle down with her sweetheart and set up her own tavern But when her elderly master marries the young enigmatic Lady Carinna Biddy is unwittingly swept up into a world of scheming secrets and liesForced to accompany her new mistress to Italy Biddy takes with her an old household book of recipes The Cook? Bailey’s first book is lively well researched historical fiction seasoned with mystery and culinary tradition Biddy Leigh vivacious 22 year old undercook at Mawton Hall Cheshire has humble dreams mastering the recipes in her treasured handbook A Cook’s Jewel and someday opening a tavern with her sweetheart Jem Meanwhile she wishes she could make perfect violet pastilles to please her new mistress Lady Carinna Everything changes when Lady Carinna announces her sudden departure for Tuscany accompanied only by a few servants As Biddy picks up new recipes and snippets of languages en route through France and Italy she remains curious as to the purpose of Lady Carinna’s journey and uneasy about her own role in itThe novel opens in 1772 and is told primarily through Biddy’s journal entries plus letters and historical recipes The rare third person narration is usually from the perspective of Loveday Lady Carinna’s Indonesian footman This strategy of revealing below stairs reality through the servants’ distinctive dialect filled voices is reminiscent of Jo Baker’s Longbourn Bailey also participates in a recent trend for food themed historical fiction alongside NM Kelby’s White Truffles in Winter and Philip Kazan’s Appetite another novel that features elaborate Italianate feasts Fans of Sarah Waters and Jane Harris will find much to enjoy hereAlternating between the vivid settings of England Italy and the exotic islands of Loveday’s memory Bailey weaves a suspenseful plot far sophisticated than the bare facts of scandal mistaken identity and poisoning might suggest A delicious debut