Once there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets and 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.
©2015 Rosanna Ley (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd
The outcome of the various threads of the story may be predictable but the journey to reach them is a good one. I love the way Rosanna Ley weaves the storylines with well researched histories, locations and plenty of the details that have you right there seeing it all in your minds eye.
I've enjoyed all the books of Ms Ley that I've listened to.
Nicely read too.
I felt like I was in Morocco, the way the writer wrote, I could hear, smell, taste and see everything she wrote about Morocco and I was really drawn into the story.
Well-written with a good sense of place but some whopping coincidences made this slightly unbelievable. The switches between past and present were well-handled and the narration kept me going through the slower parts. Enjoyable but not outstanding holiday romance.
One of the more moving books
The Villa by the same author is another journey of discovery, misunderstandings and beautiful descriptions
Emotional characterisations bring the book to life
The discovery of the truth in the journal
Well worth a read and although the story jumps around a lot in terms of time it brings the various strands together well.
I am officially addicted to Rosanna Ley's books! Thoroughly researched, they cleverly entwine different story lines, to bring them altogether at the end. Beautiful detailed desscriptions.... makes you feel as though you are there. I love the romance of them... and this time, the storyline is part based, where I live here in beautiful Cornwall. So sad the book had to end! Thank you Rosanna, for all the endless hours you dedicate to your books .., as a single Mum, I am also addicted to Audio books... as I can do all my practical chores as I am taken off into other worlds, through the audiobooks, as I work & listen! Beautifully read with clever use of different voices for each character. Totally & utterly brilliant. Thank you all. x
fantastic story - has it been made into a film yet? Most of the reading was great but the Moroccan sections were marred by distracting accents that didn't flow. Worth listening to, all the same
Loved the way Then and Now Stories came together. How the chance meeting of 2 people can become entwined in history so that by chance the next generation meet by a mutual love of Saffron and Morocco! ! I was drawn to the smells and the sounds of Morocco that I have put it on my To Visit List.
The story was compelling and the Narrator had the charecters sounding so realistic you forget it is just one voice.
I was thoroughly drawn into this story. Such depth of characters running through a travelogue.
There was an honesty about the history as we flitted between the decades, discussing WW2 and Vietnam effect on the individuals.
The story flowed along like a silk scarf in a spring breeze with ups and downs and twists. Enchanting.
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