Nov 19, 2022

Sunday Salon: Romances

After several days in New York City, I came home and fell into a rom com daze of Netgalley ebooks. Here are two that I've just read.


The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique

My goodreads review:

Spices mixed and grown by spice master Garrance are used by chef Kate Jenkins when she opens her new bistro in Paris. There is a hint of magic in the way that Kate is transported to other romantic places when she tastes Garrance's spices. 

I loved the use of flavors from around the world to create exotic dishes in this Paris bistro. The magic of taste and scents permeates the novel, a love story to cuisines and spices from around the world. 

The slow romance that develops between Kate and master chef Charles also adds its own magic to the setting and story. 



Thank You for Listening

I have to work on my basement during this cold spell, clearing it out to use as a workable den! Good thing I gave away so many of the books already to make spece for other things!


What are you reading this week? 
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated BookreviewerAlso,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday SalonStacking the ShelvesMailbox Monday

41 comments:

  1. I've got to admit, all the romcoms I see around the blogsphere certainly look like fun. Yet I still find myself reading cozy mysteries.

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  2. The Spice Master sounds like there might be some recipes in there along with the mystery? Nice cover! I’ve seen Thank You for Listening around Bloglandia. Thank you for your review!

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  3. Spice Master sounds like a nice romance w/ a bit of a twist. Cute cover.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/sunday-post-25

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  4. I hope you had a good time away.

    Those books look good! I love books that feature food 😂

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/11/20/sunday-salon-30/

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  5. I'm always happy to hear that Paris is the setting for a book, and The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique looks like it has the additional appeal of a novel plot. I've added it to my list of books to read.

    I've been curious about Thank You for Listening. Now that's an interesting way to have two people connect.

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    1. Yes, the two books were different but I enjoyed them.

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  6. Several days in New York City...let that sink in a minute. Sigh. So jealous.

    Turning a basement into a den during a cold spell does not sound fun, but I'm assuming it's a finished, heated basement, not an icy cold and damp cement basement like my granny had in Indiana? I hope the project goes well and that we see some before and after photos.

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    1. Slow renovation of the basement, which means mostly getting rid of extra stuff.

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  7. I really enjoy the romances after a spell of mystery murders. I am decluttering books too but very slow going.

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  8. Thank you for listening has been making the rounds, I guess I need to take a closer look. Not the biggest romcom fan, but I will occasionally enjoy them as well.

    Good luck with that basement clearance....

    Have a good week!

    Elza Reads

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    1. Some rom coms are good, others not so much. Hit or miss.

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  9. That first one sounds fun! A PAris bistro and spices? Yes please. :)

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  10. These sound good. Lately I've been wanting to read rom coms. I'll check these out.

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  11. I’ve never really cozied up to rom coms or to cozy mysteries (after the great detective fiction of the 20th century). So many ways to enjoy reading! Have a great week.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm all for trying new kinds of books. One can get surprises.

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  12. Thank You For Listening sounds like fun. Adn good luck clearing out your basement!

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  13. I'm about halfway through The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique and I'm enjoying it very much! I also loved Thank You for Listening. Have a great week!

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  14. Thank You for Listening is on my radar - will probably listen given who the author is! Have a good week and good luck getting your den ready for use.
    Mary @Bookfan

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  15. Both of these books sound good to me.
    And speaking of books clearance, that reminds me that I need to clear my bookshelves too.

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  16. Thank You for Listening sounds good to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with your basement make over. Happy Reading!

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  17. So glad you enjoyed Vérant's book, she is good! And she lives in France now, so she really knows the milieu

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  18. I liked Julia Whelan's book My Oxford Year so will definitely try Thank You for Listening - plus, I think she is an audio book narrator, isn't she? That should give it some convincing detail.

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  19. I loved Thank You For Listening and Julia Whelan’s narration of the audiobook. Great choice!

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  20. Interesting to see that Julia Whelan has written this book ... I thought she just narrated books!

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