Book Reviews

For a Rainy Afternoon (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by RJ Scott at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-April-2015

Book Blurb

Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House.

The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does.

Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.


Book Review

This first book in the ‘Tales of the Curious Cookbook’ collection definitely worked its magic on me. Warm, gentle, and with some delicious mentions of wonderful recipes, it is an excellent representative of what I would call “comfort food of the mind”. While Robbie and Jason are the focus of the story, Maggie and the slightly mysterious selection of recipes she passes on to them are characters in their own right. As the blurb for the collection says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.”

Robbie is a bit of a lost soul. He is an artist at heart, but scared to show his drawings and paintings to the world. He lives in a charming small village in the English countryside, far away form the hustle and bustle of bigger towns and cities. The quiet life suits him, and since he manages the local post office/bookstore/café, he sees enough people to feel part of the community. When Maggie, the woman who made his life possible by offering him this job, dies and leaves him the building, he is shocked not just because he will miss her friendship, but because she made it possible for him to keep his means of making a living.

Then Jason appears, a young American author who is somehow related to Maggie, and now the owner of her cottage. Robbie likes him from the very first, and as they maneuver their way through s small disaster at the cottage, the discovery of some of Maggie’s belongings, and the secret of one of her favorite recipes, Robbie slowly falls in love.

As gentle as a summer rain, the relationship between Robbie and Jason was wonderful to watch. If you like stories set in small villages located in the countryside, if two men from opposite ends of the world coming together and finding common ground is your thing, and if you’re looking for a food-centric and very tasteful romance with lots of discoveries and significant but understated passion, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 66 pages/23614 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-April-2015
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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