Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…
Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!
Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.
But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!
I have a small (well ok a huge) confession to make. Although I have several of Daisy’s books on my ever increasing ‘To Be Read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one yet…….until now that is. I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Mistletoe & Mystery’, which is the third book in ‘The Paradise Cookery School’ series and I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with Daisy’s books. I was not to be disappointed as I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Mistletoe & Mystery’ but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Millie from the first time I met her. She works in a patisserie and she is asked to go and oversee a cookery course. Millie jumps at the chance and the added bonus is the fact she has the chance to bump into/ work alongside the delightful sounding Zach again. Millie is kind, decent, honest, hard working and above all she is a fantastic friend to have. She travels to the cookery school but to say that she is unprepared for the weather conditions is an understatement. I must admit that I had to chuckle to myself when she doesn’t dress appropriately for the heavy snow. She thinks that that’s because of her French roots and having the French hot blood pumping through her veins and she didn’t expect to feel the cold so much. I chuckled even more at the thought of her having to wear the coat that Zach gave her and then of course I had to laugh when she feel off the snowmobile not once, but twice. Will Millie make a success of the cookery course? Will Millie save the cookery school? Will Millie get together with Zach? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out because I am not going to tell you.
I couldn’t wait to dive straight into the book and when I did start reading, I seemed to fly through the book. I was so into the story and the characters that I just couldn’t stop reading. I absolutely adored the author’s writing style and the way in which she grabs your attention from the start and keeps it until the moment you finish the last word on the last page. As I was so focussed on the story I didn’t notice the speed with which I was reading and I was gutted to finish the book as soon as I did. To say that this book was addictive reading is a huge understatement.
‘Mistletoe & Mystery’ is one of those perfect reads for a dark and cold winter’s evening in that it distracts you from the unpleasant weather outside and from the day to day stresses. Although the story takes place in the winter, I didn’t feel cold and the story left me with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I found myself interacting with the book in the sense that I found myself smiling at something I had read or I was chuckling away whilst I was imagining Millie’s mishaps taking place. The only problem with this book was that it made me feel hungry and in need of cake!!
In short I really enjoyed reading ‘Mistletoe & Mystery’ and I would recommend it to other readers. ‘Mistletoe & Mystery’ can be read as a standalone but because I am a bit OCD I fully intend to read the series from the beginning and in order. I can guarantee that Daisy’s other books will not be on the ‘To Be Read’ mountain for very much longer. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*. It truly is a delightful read.