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Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies. A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward....

Alice wants to make the most of life - after all, she knows how fragile it can be - and knows she never feels more alive than when she's cooking. Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast, supplying food to feed a family now grown and gone.

One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food. There, under the heat of the Italian sun or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared. But life's lessons are not learnt easily.

©2010 Nicky Pellegrino (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Jane
  • 12-12-2015

Enjoyable light read

A lovely light read - perfect for the summer holidays. The narrator had something of a jarring accent.

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  • sojourner
  • 07-01-2017

Most Unremarkable and Quite Forgettable

I was drawn to this book by a perceived unique relationship that would develop between two women separated by age and culture but united in their passion for food. I was let down. I did listen to the entire book hoping it might pull through before the end but no. Having said that, it does not contain smut or foul language and served me well as something to fall asleep to as there was no chance of missing anything important in the story. Very glad to have finished it and it reminded me of why I generally stay away from this genre.

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  • Astrid
  • 13-12-2015

Nice story, silly accent

This book was an enjoyable listen when it came to the storyline.
However, it was somewhat ruined by the narrator who insisted on (was told to?) giving the Italian characters an English with an Italian accent. Firstly, they wouldn't have been speaking English anyway, so why do it with an accent. It makes the listener wonder wether the producer thinks he is too stupid to understand the character is Italian without having a stumbling accent glued on. Secondly, the accent wasn't very good. If you can't roll your r's or pronounce names correctly in Italian, it's better to drop the attempt. I'd prefer this book (and also the narrator) without the silly accent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2018

Captivating

loved it. it was captivating.
now I want to plant vegetables and cook. rol on spring.

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  • anna a bowles
  • 28-05-2018

lovely story

lovely story and enjoy the tranquility of the sound and how it was read and how the diffrent characters were portrayed.

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  • Natasha
  • 22-03-2018

A total pleasure

If you like food you will love this tale. It is heart warming and charming.