I love featuring authors I’ve met so I’m delighted to be reviewing Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley as it is published today, 13th October 2016, by Transworld, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Comfort and Joy is available for purchase in e-book here.
Comfort and Joy
It’s been a busy year for Verity Bloom at the Plumberry School of Comfort Food, but Christmas Eve is finally here. With delicious treats all wrapped up and the ingredients packed away, Verity is looking forward to a relaxing few days with her new boyfriend.
Good food, family and friends – it’s a simple recipe for true comfort and joy, and all Verity’s friends in the village are full of excitement about the holidays too.
But the weather has other plans in store… Relentless rain leads to a power cut that spells disaster for many of Plumberry’s residents. It’s starting to look like this year’s celebrations could be a total washout.
With dreams of a perfect Christmas dashed, will the last of the festive cheer be swept away in the downpour? Or can the cookery school create a Christmas miracle for everyone Verity holds dear?
My Review of Comfort and Joy
It’s Christmas Eve for the inhabitants of Plumberry but Christmas might not be quite what they expected!
Comfort and Joy by Cathy Bramley should come with a health warning. The descriptions of food are so enticing and sumptuous that I felt ravenous the whole time I was reading. From fudge to turkey, champagne to truffles I could so easily imagine tasting the glorious food and drink presented in the writing. I’m not sure I’m going to be naming our turkey this year though!
This is my first Cathy Bramley read and I loved it. Considering Comfort and Joy is a short story I couldn’t believe how well developed and wide ranging the characters were. They became so life like as I read that I am now going to read the rest of the Plumberry stories about them as I want to know more.
I thought Comfort and Joy embodied the spirit of Christmas wonderfully, with a feel good element that wasn’t at all saccharine, but that was realistic and satisfying. I loved the balance between disaster and success and laughed aloud as well as shed a tear or two. The themes touched upon are so relevant to the season with relationships between parents and children, lovers and friends beautifully portrayed. But I loved too the elements of local and national relevance with floods, the homeless and the concept of charity all woven seamlessly into the plot.
A further element that I thoroughly appreciated too was the quality of the dialogue. I thought the separate voices were distinct and the speech natural so that I could hear the voices in my head.
In Comfort and Joy Cathy Bramley has created the perfect fireside read to touch the heart and make it truly Christmas. Read it!
About Cathy Bramley
Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane,Appleby Farm, Conditional Love, Wickham Hall and The Plumberry School Of Comfort Food. She lives in a small Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two teenage daughters and Pearl, the Cockerpoo.
You’ll find all Cathy’s lovely books here.