For a Rainy Afternoon (Tales of The Curious Cookbook)

One of five books in a writing project with Marie Sexton, Amber Kell, Amy Lane and Mary Calmes.

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Tales of the Curious Cookbook

It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.

My story - For a Rainy Afternoon

Robbie MacIntyre runs a small Post Office made from a converted Station House in a village northwest of London. He is stunned when a close friend leaves him the property as an inheritance after her death.

She owned the shop and has left everything to him. Not only that but she has left the place she lived, Apple Tree Cottage, to an American - a stranger who has recently moved to Barton Hartshourn.

The sealed box that they inherit includes several rare first editions and a cookery book. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense... and a love story that began seventy years ago is finally uncovered.

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Available from Dreamspinner :-

For a Rainy Afternoon - RJ Scott
Food for Thought - Amy Lane
Lost Along the Way - Marie Sexton
Cookies for Courting - Amber Kell
Just Desserts - Mary Calmes

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Love Bytes Reviews - 4/5 - "....This was such an enjoyable short story. Usually I find with short stories that I don’t get enough information to really sink my teeth into a story. But not with this one, R.J. Scott’s writing style is so beautiful and effortless that it captures everything you need to know even in a short story...."

Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock - 5/5 "....This is a well written feel good story about love and loss and learning how to deal with both.  I would highly recommend this story. I am giving this a 5 out of 5 fangs...."

Rainbow Book Reviews - "....This first book in the ‘Tales of the Curious Cookbook’ collection definitely worked its magic on me. Warm, gentle, and with some delicious mentions of wonderful recipes, it is an excellent representative of what I would call “comfort food of the mind”. While Robbie and Jason are the focus of the story, Maggie and the slightly mysterious selection of recipes she passes on to them are characters in their own right...."

Words of Wisdom...from The Scarf Princess - "....RJ Scott's contribution to the Tales of The Curious Cookbook series is a heartwarming one that will make readers misty-eyed but with a smile on their face.  When a young Englishman who's always felt a bit lost waiting for something he can't define, meets a carefree artsy American, their unexpected connection brings them together in a sensual journey to HFN that's richly rewarding.  Throw in a bit of mystery courtesy of the matchmaking elder Maggie, who recently passed, and you have an entertaining story with a rich atmosphere that fully immerses you into their journey...."

Boy Meets Boy Reviews - 4/5 - "....I would say that to anybody who enjoys a good old fashioned love story then this is a story for you. Warm, moving and romantic, it is a beautiful little read...."

Crystal's Many Reviewer's - "There are wonderful recipes and mentions of food throughout this short tale. This is the kind of book that warms the heart and soul and makes the reader feel good after it’s all over."

Paranormal Romance Guild - 5/5 "...I don't want to give too much away, but the book involves a long lost love, secrets, M/M sex and a very old cookbook. Why did Maggie leave Robbie the station? Why did she leave Jason the cottage rather than any of her other relatives? A beautiful love story, at times happy and at other times sad."