Author: Cathy Bramley
Published: 30 June 2016
Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up. And with new friendships bubbling and a sprinkling of romance in the mix, Verity finally begins to feel like she’s home.
But when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the cookery school, can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry while still writing her own recipe for happiness?
The Review: I first happened across the lovely lady that is Cathy Bramley during an Amazon sale for the first part of her serial novel Ivy Lane. So when I saw that a new series had begun I had to have it.
Then I realised it was about one of my favourite subjects, food! Plus, it is sent about 20-30 miles away from where I grew up, what was not to like.
On paper The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is everything I could want… a heroine with a personal dilemma, the camradie that can only be found when people are thrown together against the odds, a secret that is starting to spill and a burgeoning romance.
Verity Bloom is a girl with simple tastes, comfort can be found in fish finger sandwiches, however her ability to cook far outweighs whatever she lets others see. Working in marketing for an insurance firm, side by side with her boyfriend Luke, the new owners are looking to trim the fat from a team that appears to be obese.
After working on a strategy to improve existing customer relations, she finds that her ideas are stolen by the person she trusted most, Luke.
So with heartbreak and fire in her belly she travels up to Plumberry in Yorkshire to help Gloria, her late best-friend’s mother, to start a cooking school. Rather than being hands on in the kitchen Verity begins to work her magic with the marketing. And it’s not before long that the Michelin-starred and stern chef Tom comes to the attentions of the local media and the local women too, including Verity.
Can Tom and Verity overcome all the obstacles that are put between them? Will the cookery school survive in the small Yorkshire village?