The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley is out now (Quercus, £7.99)
Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.
After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.
It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.
This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’ origins.
I absolutely loved this book, The Saffron Trail is so well written. Ley is defiantly a very adept writer her descriptions in this book was just amazing which helps usher you into the story and stay interested.
The plot was very original, realistic and well paced with likable characters. If you like food you will defiantly like this book, at times I was left feeling very hungry and wanting to be eating the amazing Moroccan food I was reading about. Even at 8 am in the morning
It did take me a while to work out how the stories in the book connected when I did it clarified to me how skilled Ley is.
Over all an enjoyable read, a bit slow in parts but a beautiful book to relax with
4 of 5 stars