NEW BOOK TUESDAY/THE MEMORY OF LEMONS
This is not exactly a new book. But, honestly, it doesn't matter when a book was published, it will always, always be a new book. Especially in my world. There is nothing better than re-reading a book, only to experience a whole new set of emotions.
That is exactly what happened when I picked up "The Memory of Lemon" by Judith M. Fertig. The first time I read it, I ran out and bought lemons and made lemonade. I wasn't a baker then. So, I drank my lemonade as I finished the book. It was such a beautiful feeling...it was summer and I was doing what I loved. Reading.
This past week, I read it again. I didn't buy lemons but I did research a bunch of recipes. Guess what? I bake now. Yep, I bake and I'm really good. Maybe you'll do the same after reading "The Memory of Lemons." Oh, and you will become so attached to the characters. This is one of my favorite novels. Each chapter pulls you in, weaving back and forth between the present and the past. Be prepared to enter the world of Claire "Neely" Davis and her winsome bakery, Rainbow Cake. Long sigh. Now, I want to open a bakery.
The Memory of Lemon
by Judith M. Fertig
Claire “Neely” Davis is no ordinary pastry chef. Her flavor combinations aren’t just a product of a well-honed palate: she can “taste” people’s emotions, sensing the ingredients that will touch her customers’ souls. Her gift has never failed her—until she meets a free-spirited bride-to-be and her overbearing society mother. The two are unable to agree on a single wedding detail, and their bickering leaves Neely’s intuition frustratingly silent—right when she needs it most.
Between trying to navigate a divorce, explore a new relationship, and handle the reappearance of her long-absent father, Neely is struggling to make sense of her own conflicting emotions, much less those of her hard-to-please bride. But as she embarks on a flavorful quest to craft the perfect wedding celebration, she’ll uncover a family history that sheds light on both the missing ingredients and her own problems—and illustrates how the sweet and sour in life often combine to make the most delicious memories...