The Plumberry School of Comfort Food Part One by Cathy Bramley

21st May 2016

What the publisher says:

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 is about to land 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 has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .

But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?

The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Verity Bloom in love, friendship and cooking. This is the first part.




What I say:


Despite the all the blurb for this book stating it was the first part of a series I was disappointed to finish this book as there was so much more story to be told.  I suppose though that that is the author’s intention, to keep readers interested for the next part.


The story is about Verity who is dismissed from her job simply because she is too trusting of her boyfriend (trying not to add spoilers here).  Her late best friend’s mum is opening a cookery school (the school from the title in case you haven’t guessed) and Verity goes to help.  While she is there she rediscovers her love of cooking, realises just how badly her ex-boyfriend treated her (something her flatmate and living best friend Rosie has tried to tell her since they started going out) and comes across the dark and brooding chef who will be working at the school.  Throw in the bereaved husband and child and there seems to be lots of potential for romance in the next part of the story. I know who my money’s on


Rating 3 out of 5

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