Rosewater and Soda Bread (Babylon Cafe, Bk 2)
Rosewater and Soda Bread - Babylon Cafe, Bk 2 Author:Marsha Mehran More than a year has passed since Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, the beautiful Iranian Aminpour sisters, sought refuge in the quaint Irish town of Ballinacroagh. Opening the beguiling Babylon Café, they charmed the locals with their warm hearts and delectable Persian cuisine, bringing a saffron-scented spice to the once-sleepy village. — But wh... more »en a young woman with a dark secret literally washes up on Clew Bay Beach, the sisters' world is once again turned upside down. With pale skin and webbed hands, the girl is otherworldly, but her wounds tell a more earthly (and graver) story -- one that sends the strict Catholic town into an uproar. The Aminpours rally around the newcomer, but each sister must also contend with her own transformation -- Marjan tests her feelings for love with a dashing writer, Bahar takes on a new spiritual commitment with the help of Father Mahoney, and Layla matures into a young woman when she and her boyfriend, Malachy, step up their hot and heavy relationship.
Filled with mouthwatering recipes and enchanting details of life in Ireland, Rosewater and Soda Bread is infused with a lyrical warmth that radiates from the Aminpour family and their big-hearted Italian landlady, Estelle, to the whole of Ballinacroagh -- and the world beyond.« less
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This is the sequel to Pomegrante Soup: A Novel by the same author. If you haven't read the previous book, you might be somewhat lost following this book. I loved Pomegrante Soup for its story and the delicious Persian recipes.
Rosewater and Soda Bread is very good, but I love the first book better. At times, this second book gets lost with too many characters and competing storylines. Rosewater is similar to books like Chocolat, Like Water For Chocolate, Baker's Apprentice. Food and the love of food are big themese in all these books. When Rosewater and Soda Bread opens, Marjan and her two sisters who fled the Shah's Iran, have been running the Babylon Cafe for a year in a small town in Ireland. For the most part, they've been accepted by the villagers although several busybodies are still determined to get them out. Much of the story revolves around the beloved Estelle Delmonico, a friend to the Iranian sisters, and the young woman Estelle finds washed up on the beach, nearly naked and injured, and mute. Overall, this is a cozy book full of tempting descriptions of Persian food. It's a very tame, family-friendly book that can be read by a grandma or teen.