An Appetite for Violets

An Appetite for Violets

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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""That's how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you're invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. Then you find something, something you should not have found. " Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook's Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all. In London Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress's younger brother. In France she discovers her mistress's dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall. Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Like Jo Baker's Longbourn, it opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal"-- Provided by publisher.
After accompanying her new mistress to Italy, the under-cook at Mawton Hall begins a culinary adventure that includes secrets and a murderous conspiracy. Includes authentic 18th-century European recipes.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 1466860715 electronic bk
9781466860711 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC BAILEY
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 05, 2017

Five stars! Enjoyable summer reading, love the characters and how they interact with each other--Biddy remains strong and true to herself. The plot takes a comical turn mid-way through the book. The author has taken a fresh approach in this great historical novel from several servants' perspectives.

Mar 31, 2016

A really enjoyable historical fiction read. The main character Biddy is appealing and her experiences in situations which are not her doing make for compelling reading.

Mar 17, 2015

I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel about life of a poor worker in the house of wealth. It was hard for me to put down.

hgeng63 Feb 02, 2015

A serviceable page-turner. I was hoping for an elegant read; this isn't.


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