I don’t buy into any of that ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ nonsense. Who wouldn’t be lured by the gorgeous cover of this book?! It hints at all the tantalising delights hidden inside!
Cohen Ford has come to London to lick his wounds. He’s upset at the death of his father, but more than that, he’s angry with himself for not being with his dad at the end of his life and feeling like he’s not the son that he should have been. Linked to that is his complicated relationship with his mother Esther, coupled with childhood memories of his Uncle Israel, something that’s not even worth contemplating! And he’s still bitter about the end of his marriage to Christine, who he knows he shouldn’t have married in the first place! So he’s trying to separate his feelings and attempting to figure out what exactly he’s angry about – the marriage that shouldn’t have happened, the way that it ended, or the fact that Christine isn’t a very nice person, and brought out the worst in him.
So he’s decided to take some time away from all that’s familiar, and while he’s in London, goes to visit her old friend Rushi, who is like an old aunt who he remembers from childhood. She owns an ice cream shop – a creamery – and when he finally finds the place he finds familiarity in the way Rushi lambastes him for his reckless, irresponsible behaviour. She bases her opinions on what she’s heard from his mother as she hasn’t actually seen Cohen in years! But not only does he find the warmth of this comfortable scolding, but he also meets River, Rushi’s adopted daughter who also happens to be deaf.
Cohen’s entire world spins off his axis as for the first time he learns what it means to truly care for someone else. He’s always been somewhat self-absorbed but now he wants to give of himself completely selflessly. He just needs to convince those who know him best that he’s for real!
This is an endearing love story told through … of all things … ice cream flavours! You’ll find yourself asking: What does the word ‘home’ really mean to you? Is it a place; a person; a feeling? I thoroughly enjoyed following Cohen and River’s journey, but found that it was Cohen’s acknowledgment and coming to terms with himself that I enjoyed the most. River was a strong character from the beginning. She had a solid sense of her identity, knowing who she was from the start – Cohen needed her help to discover his own, he just didn’t know it. After all, why would a confident 6 foot 2, CEO in his 30’s need the help of a deaf ice-cream maker to find his place in the world?
Salvation comes when you least expect it, from the most unexpected people, when you don’t even know you need it!
This is a warm and fuzzy 4-star read that’s perfect for the holiday season!
Sharon was born in Sydney, Australia but now lives in London with her husband, two small children and two black cats named for desserts. She started writing ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fanfiction aged 15, which eventually transformed into the historical romance novels she writes today. She has two novels published by Choc Lit, and when not writing, can be found baking cakes badly or drinking wine well.
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