I received the book Anything but Vanilla… by Liz Fielding as a review copy from Harper Collins, India, the current publishers of Harlequin India and would like to thank them for the book. This is the first book in the Divalicious series launched by Harlequin India. It is a story set in a village in England and revolves around, Ice cream, ice cream and ice cream.
Even more tempting than ice cream!
Sorrel Amery is determined to make her summer event the talk of the town, and she knows just the way into people’s hearts- champagne sorbet! It’s the perfect strategy…Until the ice cream parlour’s owner runs off, leaving Sorrel’s plans melting faster than a sundae in the summer sun.
All Sorrel wants is to get back into her comfort zone, but when the gorgeous Alexander West arrives to help pick up the pieces her life gets shaken up more than ever before! Especially as this globe-trotting adventurer is determined that nothing in Sorrel’s life should ever be boring old vanilla again…
Sorrel Amery is the second of the three Amery sisters. She is 23 and wants to make her first million by the time she’s twenty-five and become one of the country’s most successful businesswomen and gets a degree in Business Management. She has her head firmly on her shoulders and has decided that she will marry only for the right reasons. She is the CEO of Scoop, and takes up into organizing events. She also has Rosie, the Ice-cream van, a show stealer.
She is doing well until one day, she comes to Knickerbocker Gloria, the ice cream parlour where he sources her stuff from and finds Ria, the owner and the magic behind the exotic ice creams gone, missing. And instead, there is Alexander West, sitting and doing the accounts for Ria because she has defaulted. Alexander tells her that the business is shut and that she should look for someplace else.
But, Sorrel being Sorrel, does not accept defeat and starts to make the ices herself from the recipes that she had noted for Ria on her laptop. She also decides that she wants to buy the ice cream parlour in partnership with Ria but Graeme, her mentor and guide, objects.
Alexander is a free spirit, so she thinks, as he is off traveling into far and distant places dropping Ria a postcard from here and there. Alexander is a botanist who goes from jungle to jungle hunting for medicinal plants and he is on one such excursion when he gets a message from Ria and he comes rushing to help her out.
Does she succeed in her endeavor? Does Alexander help her out? Does Graeme support her?
The ice cream parlour setting is nice and different. The riverside and the farms gives a laid back look to the place. The flow is good and the best part is that the story is spread over a span of three days only. The characters are well developed and the language is simple.
I loved the names of Sorrel’s family and how they cooperate with each other. And the quotes from ‘Rosie’s Little Book of Ice Cream’ at the beginning of the chapters was very cute.
Waiting for the stories of the other Amery sisters.
Book Source: Review copy
Publisher: Harlequin India