What is the #1 Book To Read This Winter?
Be prepared to put your life completely on hold while reading this book, The Midsummer Garden, which I know you will love from the first page to last. It is the perfect book to snuggle up with over winter.
Kirsty Manning debut novel is extremely well written, and reads beautifully. I was totally blown away at Kirsty's research of all topics. The herbs and recipes were so amazing, I wanted to eat off the page. The characters are fantastic, and completely different in the two worlds and time zones. I felt myself holding my breath a couple of times, especially with the relationships of the characters.
I related the book to one of my top 10, Elizabeth Gilbert's "The Signature Of All Things", another well researched book.
Kirsty is currently working on her next novel. Read about Kirsty in our article she has kindly written her Top 10 Tips For Aspiring Writers.
In 2010 Kirsty co-wrote a recipe and gardening book with her friend Peta Heine called We Love Food (Hardie Grant), with the photos by the talented Jacqui Henshaw, which featured in our Tomato article.
Travelling between lush gardens in France, windswept coastlines of Tasmania, to Tuscan hillsides and beyond, The Midsummer Garden lures the reader on an unforgettable culinary and botanical journey.
1487 Artemisia is young to be in charge of the kitchens at Chateau de Boschaud but, having been taught the herbalists' lore, her knowledge of how food can delight the senses is unsurpassed. All of her concentration and flair is needed as she oversees the final preparations for the sumptuous wedding feast of Lord Boschaud and his bride while concealing her own secret dream. For after the celebrations are over, she dares to believe that her future lies outside the chateau. But who will she trust?
2014 Pip Arnet is an expert in predicting threats to healthy ecosystems. Trouble is, she doesn't seem to recognise these signs in her own life. What Pip holds dearest right now is her potential to make a real difference in the marine biology of her beloved Tasmanian coastline. She'd thought that her fiance Jack understood this, believed that he knew she couldn't make any plans until her studies were complete. But lately, since she's finally moved in with him, Jack appears to have forgotten everything they'd discussed.
When a gift of several dusty, beautiful old copper pots arrives in Pip's kitchen, the two stories come together in a rich and sensuous celebration of family and love, passion and sacrifice.