The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver

review - the sunshine and biscotti clubThe ovens are pre-heating, the Prosecco is chilling…and The Sunshine and Biscotti Club is nearly ready to open its doors. But the guests have other things on their minds…

Welcome to Tuscany’s newest baking school

Libby: The Blogger
Life is Instagram-perfect for food blogger Libby…until she catches her husband cheating just weeks before her Italian cooking club’s grand opening.

Evie: The Mum
Eve’s marriage isn’t working, but she’s not dared admit it until now. A trip to Italy to help Libby open The Sunshine and Biscotti Club might be the perfect escape…

Jessica: In Love with her Best Friend
Jessica has thrown herself into her work to shut out the memory of the man who never loved her back. The same man who’s just turned up in Tuscany…

Welcome to Tuscany’s newest baking school – where your biscotti is served with a side of love, laughter and ice-cold limoncello!

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 4 Stars

If stories have a colour, this one is yellow. For the lemons, the sunshine, and the warm summer days. Everything about this book screams ‘holiday read’, even if the characters’ lives aren’t all smooth sailing.

I didn’t find all of the storylines predictable, and I wasn’t entirely sure who would end up with whom, or how the HEAs would be reached – which is something I definitely valued.

Recipes are a big part of the book, and I would have loved to have seen some listed at the end so I could capture some of The Sunshine and Biscotti Club in my own house.

I enjoyed all of the characters but found Libby and Jessica a bit same-y. I could read their chapters without really knowing which one of them I was with. I would read a sequel, though – I think they’d all be fun to be around at Christmas. I love their shared history, and the memories each held of when they were younger.

The book is a fun, easy read, not too taxing and great for relaxing with. The part that has actually stayed with me, though, is a little deeper – the idea that no one else judges you as harshly, watches as closely, berates you as much as you judge, watch, or berate yourself.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.