Lucy Knott comes to the blog with the ongoing story of three sisters and their individual chances at happiness while never forgetting what brings them all strength and support in
The Ingredients for Happiness
Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa had spent their childhoods between the Amalfi Coast and Manchester, building a series of traditions and memories in their large Italian family. While each has their own specialty, both Sabrina and Amanda are involved with two of the hottest rockstars on the planet, while baby sister Louisa is staying in Italy after their grandfather’s death and working in fashion. But not everything is as simple as that – the sisters are close and rely on one another, but the stresses of life and chasing their dreams may mean that close is reworked into frequent skype chats and phone conversations.
Amanda has always been the “foodie” and after a disastrous experience, she’s finally finding her feet again and dreaming of her own Italian Café in Manchester. Aided by her boyfriend Dan, she’s going forward despite the hiccups with renovating the building, moments that shake her confidence, missing her grandfather and, most importantly, the paparazzi that hound her and erode her belief in the relationship and man she has come to know. Meanwhile, Sabrina is working as the band’s manager, and finding them a new label that will allow them control over their unique style of lyrics and musical talents is primary. Not wanting them to become “poster boys” for the rock-n-roll life, a thing none of them want, she’s torn between being seen as a manager and simply “a girlfriend” of the drummer. And Louisa, working and learning in a small boutique in Italy while she lives with her grandmother and aunts, she’s gaining confidence and skills, and has been entered into a “young designers” competition by her boss. Frantically designing and perfecting options with the hopes to be featured in a leading fashion magazine, she’s dividing her time between work and her boyfriend Luca, feeling as if her sisters are so far removed and perhaps a little left out.
At first glance, the sisters and the family are a bit overwhelming, much like being dropped into the middle of the family chaos: but soon Knott’s distinct development of each of the sister’s personalities and characters, inclusion of secondary characters and scenes that feel plausible and natural, and the solid sense of the attachment and affection between them all comes clear and the threads all start to sort themselves out as you follow along their journeys alone and together – cheering them all along the way. Insertions from Amanda’s ‘recipe book” which are often laugh out loud funny for their lack of measurements and ‘go by feel’ notes, the story and the food and clothing created come to life and become as real and palpable as the characters. A lovely introduction to Knott’s work, it’s clear that another book is in the works following these characters, and I’ve grabbed the first to see where everything began!
Title: The Ingredients for Happiness
Author: Lucy Knott
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Recipes, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Setting: Italy
Published on: 1 August, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…
Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?
Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.
Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.
With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.