AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS by Martine Bailey

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I am delighted to offer An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey, a novel with recipes, to one lucky winner.

“That’s how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you’re invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. Then you find something, something you should not have found.”

Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at forbidding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook’s Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all.

In London, Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress’s younger brother. In France, she discovers her mistress’s dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall.

Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Martine Bailey’s novel opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal.

Martine Bailey¹s An Appetite for Violets is the perfect recipe of a novel. Biddy is an irresistible heroine, and readers will delight in her 18th century recipes, which are actual, real, researched recipes that Martine transcribed.

 If you would like to win a copy, please send an email to contest@gmail.com with “WIN VIOLETS” as the subject. You must include your snail mail address in your email.

All entries must be received by February 4, 2015. One (1) name will be drawn from all qualified entries and notified via email. This contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age in the United States and Canada only. Your book will be sent by the publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martins Press.

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