The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

The flavours of love

“‘I’m looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you. If I find it, I know you’ll come back to me.’

It’s been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I’ve decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I’m coping so well without him – they have no idea what I’ve been hiding or what I do away from prying eyes. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed something so devastating it could destroy our family all over again, and my husband’s killer has started to write to me claiming to be innocent, I know it’s only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I’ve done is revealed to the world.

My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.”


Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I’ve enjoyed books by this author in the past and was excited to see where her latest book would take me…

A very intriguing prologue began this story of life, loss and turmoil, I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and can easily say that it was my favourite book by this author!

Flashbacks were slowly feeding me information about That Day and those that came before and after, I thoroughly enjoyed putting together all the pieces of the puzzle.  There were references to a secret between Saffron and her daughter Phoebe, I thought I knew what the secret was but when a mysterious letter arrived I began to rethink my theory.  As the letters continued I found myself struggling to understand why Saffron kept it all to herself, this was a side of the story that didn’t make sense to me.

A whodunnit that also involved Phoebe kept me guessing throughout, I loved how the author managed to surprise me as I read through the book.  I was captivated by the way Saffron dealt with everything that was thrown at her, I felt that it was written in a believable manner, in fact the authors writing really jumped out at me because of its honesty.

About halfway through there was another serious issue thrown into the mix, this wasn’t my favourite part of the book but it did give me a better insight into Saffron’s character.  Another character I have to mention is Aunty Betty because she had such a fun, vibrant personality, she brought a touch of humour to an otherwise serious storyline.

This was a gripping mystery with many different factors that kept me entertained throughout!


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The Flavours of Love was published by Quercus in November 2013 and can be purchased from: | | The Book Depository

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The Rose Petal Beach – Dorothy Koomson

The rose petal beach

“Tami Challey is happily married with two children and a husband she adores.  Affluent and stable, they are the perfect family until one evening a knock at the door changes everything.  Horrified as she watches her husband, Scott, arrested for a terrible crime, Tami’s world unravels further when she discovers who his accuser is.

Scared and confused, Tami is forced to choose who she instinctively believes, while the life she’s built for herself implodes.  As she unearths one new revelation after another and as the hidden lives of those around her are exposed, Tami is forced to make a choice that could lead to murder…”

Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I’ve enjoyed books by this author in the past and was keen to see where her latest book would take me.

It all began with an arrest that raised many questions in my mind and by the time I discovered just what crime had been committed I was hooked!

Throughout the book there were snippets of the past which made me feel like I understood the characters better but it also made certain revelations harder to take.  I was desperately trying to find a rational reason for everything that was going on and as new information came to light I just didn’t know what to believe – my opinions went back and forth so many times, I was as confused as Tami was.

When Fleur was brought into the equation I couldn’t figure out where she fit in with everything that was happening and when I found out I gasped out loud in shock!  This wasn’t the last shock for me though because the twists just kept on coming, I think there was only one time that I wasn’t too surprised by something I’d learned.

The author captured raw emotion perfectly, with powerful descriptions that made it feel like the characters emotions were rolling off the page at me.  I was completely drawn in and even though the subjects tackled in this book were of a very serious nature I found it to be an easy read.

This was a beautifully written and captivating tale of life, love and deception – I couldn’t put it down!


Dorothy Koomson is the international bestselling author of 8 novels and her sales exceed 1.5 million copies in the UK.  Translated into 30 languages, Dorothy’s books are powerful, though-provoking and compelling ’emotional thrillers’ where moral dilemmas are central and where the complex emotions of family and friendships are intertwined.  The Rose Petal Beach, Dorothy’s 8th novel, was shortlisted for a Specsavers National Book Award in 2012.

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The Rose Petal Beach was published in paperback by Quercus on 11 April 2013 and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.