Tracy reviews ‘For a Rainy Afternoon’ (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by R.J. Scott. Published April 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press, 66 pages
Why I read this book: I enjoy reading any books by RJ Scott.
Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House.
The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does.
Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.
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7/10 Pots of Gold
The cover is very sweet and the title reminds me of a typical day in England, both fit this short story perfectly.
Maggie left a legacy to Robbie and Jason with an old mystery to put together through notes and cook books. Robbie is an artist and Jason is an author, the two together are very sweet. This is a story within a story, an old love and a new love. Maggie weaved a huge web of intrigue that bound the two together.
I found this short story very cute and fluffy. Lust soon turns to love in this quaint little English Village. It is engaging, it did keep me interested but I felt that there was something missing. I can’t pinpoint what, it was a little lacking. I think mostly it is because it was a short story.
I liked both of the MC’s, the American Author meets the English Artist. The old ladies were fun, tea and cake, perfect for an English afternoon.
Overall a cute fluffy quick read. I’m looking forward to reading more of these standalone short stories.
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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