Book Review: The Ingredients For Happiness by Lucy Knott.

"What's this? What's this? There's color everywhere, What's this? There's white things in the air, What's this? I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming..." No I'm not dreaming and either is Lucy. It is actually publication day for her second book 'The Ingredients for Happiness,' and I have the pleasure of being the first stop on her amazing blog tour! I know I've probably said it a million times since the release of her first book 'How to Bake a New Beginning,' but I am so incredibly proud of her. This is literally a dream come true!


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! 

My Review.

Let me tell you something, reading your sister's books doesn't come without it's pressure. Being an avid bookworm I know what I like and what I look for in a book, so gearing up to read Lucy's both times has been a little nerve-racking to say the least. We're our own worst critics but also each others, so I will tell her if something doesn't seem right to me, trust me on that! 

Luckily for me and Lucy I absolutely adore these books. Lucy's captured everything we hold dear to in life in stories that will live forever in print and that I find truly magical. The sisters, the town, the stories are all fictional but there is obviously a lot of inspiration that stems from real life; which makes me feel very content and happy reading them. 

I was very eager to pick up where we left off with Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa. I was excited to see where life had taken them since the passing of their Grandpa and the decisions they had made at the end of 'How to Bake a New Beginning.' I wasn't disappointed...

I thoroughly enjoyed being swept up in the chaos of Amanda opening her own cafe and could picture it all in my head. Amanda's chapters left me teary quite a few times and being on a plane when reading the story I had to try and keep them at bay. It was very emotional though. I could feel just how much 'Torta per Tutti' meant to Amanda and how much love she was putting into it because of her Grandpa. I was also happy that Amanda and Dan were figuring things out and that even though his life as a rock-star made their relationship a bit tricky at times, they were very much in it together and in love. 

I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Sabrina and Levi. Sabrina spoke to me the most with her fashion sense, organisational skills and sense of adventure. I like the fact that she went for her dreams in L.A, but that ultimately her heart wanted to be back home with her family. (Just a touch of real life for you.) Her job excites me and sounds so much fun. I could imagine her being this humble, modest person, staying true to herself while also managing the hottest band in the world. Something about that made me smile and is actually one of the things I love most about Lucy creating this band. They are incredibly talented, but also genuinely nice people who manage to stick up for what they believe in and don't cave to the pressure of celebrity. I like to think that there are genuine people like that out there in the real world of celebrity today. I also adore Levi in this book. We get to see more of his personality shine and learn more about his past and I loved him all the more for it. He's cheeky, fun and so incredibly sweet with Sabrina... swoon!!!!!

Last but certainly not least, I was so happy that Louisa stayed in Italy with her Nonna and Luca because it meant we got to go back to their wonderful town and dream of all the mouthwatering food and treats they were eating constantly. It made me long to be back in Italy again. I could picture Giulia's shop and Louisa's dressmaking, all of which sounded so beautiful. I was glad Louisa was fulfilling her dream and relishing being out of her comfort zone. I just wish I could see some of her designs in real life! Luca was still very much a dreamboat.

If you are looking for a story that has heart, laughs, emotion and love, oh and LOADS of incredible food, then 'The Ingredients for Happiness.' is the book for you this summer!

Happy Reading!

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