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The Little Italian Bakery

Valentina Cebeni

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

In Elettra's bakery, food is the way to the heart . . .

A novel from the publisher of The Little Paris Bookshop.

'A true feast for the senses' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky

The scent of freshly baked biscuits, lemon and aniseed reminds Elettra of her mother's kitchen. But her mother is in a coma, and the family bakery is failing. Elettra is distraught; she has many unanswered questions about her mother's childhood - Edda was a secretive woman. The only clue is a family heirloom: a necklace inscribed with the name of an island.

Elettra buys a one-way ticket to that island, just off the coast of Sardinia. Once there, she discovers a community of women, each lost in their own way. They live in a crumbling convent, under threat from the local mayor and his new development plan. It is within the convent's dark corridors and behind its secret doors that Elettra discovers a connection to her mother's past. She also falls in love again: with friendship, baking and adventure.

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Readers love The Little Italian Bakery:

'This book is like a refreshing shot of limoncello; zesty, fresh and mouthwatering!'

'A beautifully written book which I loved from the first page'

'It transports you away to a wonderful setting filled with tantalising scents and experiences and really makes you want to book a holiday'

'A lovely, uplifting, feel-good story that I literally devoured in one sitting'

'This book is one that touches the soul'

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Valentina Cebeni

Valentina Cebeni was born in Italy. She is a passionate reader with a background in the classics. Since her teenage years, Valentina has cultivated her love of writing with the discipline of a Tibetan monk, determined to explore the recesses of the human soul through her characters. She currently lives in Rome.