On this bleak and miserable Tuesday I am very excited to be jumping on the blog tour for the latest foodie delight by Isabella May.
I love books by Isabella May as not only do they feature a strong food theme, they always take you somewhere your not quite expecting. This story started off giving you the background of Eleanor as a girl and fills in some backstory as to how she became the Ellie we meet further down the line.
A story focused around a delectable box of chocolates which are the sweet in the story with the sour that goes alongside them through the rivalry and a more sinister side that is exposed as the story progresses. I found this is a story that built in momentum as I read, it started off slower paced as you gained insight to Eleanor and then as her plan is revealed the pace of the story really sped up and I just had to keep reading.
Yet again a great story from a wonderful author, that was totally different to what I was expecting. Guaranteed that once you start this journey with Ellie, Barnaby, Clementine and Brooke you wont want to put the book down until all the chocolates have been consumed.
Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce.
When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process – once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway.
Fast forward two years and he STILL doesn’t recognise her!
Fast forward two years and the company is in a financial mess.
Last Chance Saloon-style, Ellie coerces the siblings and their older sister, Brooke (the perpetual spanner in her works) to a rustic gîte in Normandy for a spot of team-building… over a very ‘special’ box of artisan chocolates.
Cue ALL the fireworks in the cocoa bean version of Jumanji…
Meet the Author
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
You can follow her Foodie Romance Journey series at the following hang-outs:
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author
Many Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love
Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!
Daisy & Kel x