At the Bliss family bakery, you can get cookies to help you sleep, love muffins or even truth cookies. You see, there’s a little bit of magic infused in each recipe and indeed, there’s magic in Kathryn Littlewood’s debut novel, Bliss.
Calamity Falls seems to operate perfectly and some might say it’s the presence of the bakery that is the cause. The Bliss family has been in the baking business for a very long time, using enchanted recipes from the Cookery Booke, a family heirloom. The Bliss parents must leave town to deal with a flu outbreak in a neighboring city. The four children – Ty, Sage, Rose, and Leigh are left under the supervision of an elderly neighbor. Rose feels special because she’s been entrusted with the key to the Cookery Booke. Not much can go wrong in the short time the parents are gone right?
Sometimes books with missing parents are a treat because it works as a decent literary device for the child to explore independence. When Rose gets her first taste of independence, there is a certain thrill as she makes her first magical recipe and her first mistakes. We see Rose go against her better judgement -but then learn from the consequences. The reader will want everything to work out for Rose and her charming family as they read through Bliss.
Kathryn Littlewood has written a charming debut about a tight knit family, delicious food and some culinary magic that has me starved for the next installment of the Bliss family’s adventures.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.