The Love Goddess’ Cooking School – Melissa Senate
This book disappointed me A LOT. I picked it up because the title was delicious, and the premise sounded interesting. Sadly, it did not turn out to be my kind of book.
Holly is a 30-something girl, who is extremely confused and does not know which way to go – neither in her life nor in her career. She is very close to her grandmother, Camilla, who runs cooking classes for Italian food on Blue Crab Island, Maine. As much as Camilla’s cooking classes are famous, she is well-known for telling fortunes. Many people on the island have met their true loves because of Camilla, and it is not for nothing that she is known as ‘Love Goddess’. After a disastrous turn in her career and love life, Holly heads to her grandmother’s home in Maine to heal her soul, and barely spends a few days with her when Camilla dies. Holly is devastated by Camilla’s death, but realises that she feels like she has, finally, reached where she is meant to be. She takes up Camilla’s cooking classes after her – without knowing anything about cooking. It is at this point that the story started going downhill for me.
Camilla, who has foretold the fortunes of hundreds, has only one thing to say to Holly about the man who will go on to become her true love – that he will like sa cordula – lamb intestines stewed with vegetables in a butter sauce. There were little touches like this that had the potential to take the story to greater heights but, sadly, it ended up being just chick-lit. Holly sounds stupid at times, though there are moments in the book when she redeems herself. Like in a movie, unbelievable things happen and everything comes together for the good in the end. Just like that!
Blue Crab Island does sound beautiful, and the book made me crave to visit the small seaside town of Maine some day. The descriptions of the food are also gorgeous, I must say. Droolworthy. If you want to pick up this book, these are the only two good reasons to do so. Or if you happen to like very predictable chick-lit.
Mostly Madly Mayil – Nivedita Subramanian and Sowmya Rajendran
I LOVED Mayil Will Not Be Quiet and, hence, was thrilled when the sequel to it – Mostly Madly Mayil – came out. I finally managed to get my hands on it last week, and I LOVED it! My only grouse with it is that it ended all too soon. 🙂
In Mostly Madly Mayil, Mayil turns 14 from 13, and continues to write in her diary as awesomely as she used to earlier. She is as spirited as ever, a thoughtful and intelligent child. It is a pleasure to read her diary, where she writes oh-so-sensitively about tough-to-understand-and-accept things like sexual harrassment and NGOs not actually working for the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society. Mayil is a rebellious and curious teen, and so, there have to be references to Facebook and Harry Potter and problems at school – all written about beautifully. I love it when Mayil tries to challenge the way things have always been done in her home, and in the world, and there is a lot of that in this book. The language in the book is that of a real teen – it does not get on your nerves, though.
Like Mayil Will Not Be Quiet, this book too took me right to my childhood. It brought back many fond memories of my school days and time spent just being silly with friends.
The illustrations in the book are lovely! They are perfect for the story, and add just the right touch of whimsy to the book.
All in all, a wonderful book. Highly recommended.
Is there more of Mayil to come? I really hope there is.