For a Rainy Afternoon (Tales of the Curious Cookbook)

Author: R.J. Scott

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  A Tale of the Curious Cookbook

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.


Review:  Robbie MacIntyre started working for Maggie ten years ago, turning the old station house and post office, into a great business. Robbie has become very close to Maggie, and it devastated him when she passed away. After trying and failing to make Maggie’s applesauce cake, Robbie feels like a night out. Before he can leave, he sees a man waiting in the parking lot.

Jason Young has just arrived and is looking for Apple Tree Cottage. Stranded in the parking lot with no car and multiple bags, Robbie offers him help getting to Maggie’s cottage. Robbie is full of questions, but doesn’t have a clue on how to ask this stranger. He chooses to let it go for the night, but plans to find out what’s going on soon.

The next morning Jason and Robbie get together for coffee, and that’s when Robbie realizes he may soon be out of a home. Instead of losing his home, he is gifted a box of old books, the station house, and the post office. Jason was gifted Apple Tree Cottage and plans to stay. Then, Jason has a water tank accident and has nowhere to go. Robbie offers him his guest bedroom. As the two of them begin talking, Robbie starts to learn a little bit more about the mystery of Maggie, and her life. A life, Robbie is starting to see he new nothing about.

I felt like this story was more about Robbie and Maggie, instead of Robbie and Jason. With the story being told by Robbie alone, I had a hard time getting to know Jason. I wanted to know more about him. I know he’s a writer from America, I know that he has money, but that’s it. The relationship between the two MC was lacking. They were together, but, I couldn’t feel any real connection between them. I feel like I missed a whole bunch of chapters. One minute, they were starting to get to know one another and then BAM! They were in love and the story was over.

I’m a huge fan of this author. As a matter of fact, I’m completely in love with her Texas & Bodyguards Inc. books, but this story just wasn’t for me.


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