Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School cookbook holds a lot of significance for the three Blaire children; Ruth, Lizzie and George, it’s a link to the past, a time when their mother was still with them. So when it’s Lizzie’s turn with the book and she loans it to someone who manages to damage it, it’s no surprise that all hell kicks off! But even though Ruth and George are upset, they’re still disappointed by Lizzie’s reaction to her friend…
Poor Murray just waned one weekend with his kids to tell them how he plans to spend the winder months, but instead the siblings disagree, make him feel old and the past begins to resurface!
In the past, we meet Lillian; their mother, and we learn what kind of person she was; how she took to mothering; what her passions were… and it was wonderful to connect her traits to the present and see them in her children. We also discover the events leading up to the crash and the death of not only herself but her other son; Daniel.
I loved how within one weekend these three were able to take away so much – a way forward, acceptance of the past and most importantly, respect for one another!
I read this book in one sitting and was blown away by the realism and self discovery Hyde has managed to pack into 291 pages!
The fluidity of Hyde’s writing style makes the pages, near enough, turn themselves! I was rooting for Ruth, Lizzie and George to unite and be there for Murray.
I highly recommend this for a weekend away or a cosy one on your own! It’s out now in hardback.
Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a copy, this review is my way of saying big thanks!
Until next time, Chloé x