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This was a perfect counter after yesterday’s not so suspenseful thriller. A beautiful contemporary story by author Rosanna Ley took me away from darker lanes into the world of baking and emotions associated with it.

Daughter Holly wanted to open a shop selling orange marmalade and everything orange. She wanted to travel to Seville to source orangey products for her business. And all she needed was her mum Ella by her side. But Ella had a secret buried in Seville. Would both the ladies find what they were looking for?

My first book by this author, I was all enamored by the smell and taste of the cake and marmalade. Added to that was the rich culture and landscapes of Seville. The writing managed the capture the essence of passion that resided in the hearts of the characters.

Secrets that could be easily guessed were revealed slowly as the pages unfurled the past and the present. The father Felix too played an important part as he had to deal with multiple issues on the home front.

The author tried to give equal importance to all characters weaving their parts smoothly into the story. A few rough edges were present but they were negligible. What I wanted as the ending did not happen. But what was the ending was apt for the story.

Well, what can I say? I am a closet romantic, I suppose. Overall, a sweet morning filled with deliciousness and passion. I didn’t find marmalade in my larder, but made do with jam. How our books influence us!!


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Holly loves making marmalade. Now she has a chance to leave her stressful city job and pursue her dream – of returning to the Dorset landscape of her childhood to open Bitter Orange, a shop celebrating the fruit that first inspired her.

Holly’s mother Ella has always loved Seville. So why is she reluctant to go back there with Holly to source products for the shop? What is she frightened of – and does it have anything to do with the old Spanish recipe for Seville orange and almond cake that Ella keeps hidden from her family?

In Seville, where she was once forced to make the hardest decision of her life, Ella must finally face up to the past, while Holly meets someone who poses a threat to all her plans. Seville is a city full of sunshine and oranges. But it can also be bittersweet. Will love survive the secrets of the orange grove?


Publication Date: March 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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4 Responses

  1. I knew it! Behind those scoffs that come out of you whenever you mention romance, there is actually a closet romantic hidden inside! Hahaha! And now that you’ve admitted it, you can’t take it back! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I have not heard of this author, but I will certainly check this one out. It sounds like an enjoyable read. 🙂

    How is your weekend so far, Shalini?

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