Title: To Lahore With Love
Author: Hina Belitz
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Headline Review
This book arrived in my mail box and I couldn’t wait to get started reading it.
Synopsis: Addy Mayford has always struggled with her identity. Bought up in a household of stories, food and faith by her Irish mother and Pakistani Nana, she feels constantly torn between two sides of her upbringing. Since the death of her father, she’s found contentment cooking delicious recipes from his home city of Lahore, despite the protestations of her mother that being a chef is no career for a young woman. It’s only with the lobe of her gorgeous husband, Gabe, that she’s truly found happiness. When Addy stumbles across a secret that shatters her entire world, she desperately need to escape and is drawn to the sights of Lahore and the family she’s never known. Waiting for her there is Addy’s final acceptance of who she is, and a long-buried family secret that will change her life forever.
I have to say I really enjoyed this novel. It was super sweet, heartbreaking and brimming with joy. It was one of those books where I finished reading and was just grateful I’d read it.
We follow Addy after her life falls apart, and she travels to Lahore with her best friend and Nana.
Like I said this book is super sweet, even though it has its share of heartbreak. It’s sweet because it’s full of love, family, joy and food. I feel ‘To Lahore With Love’ is life affirming I mean because it shows you no matter what happens, there’s still hope. The character of Nana, has some great advice. It just gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling.
This book also has great characters in it. Addy is a great character. You feel sorry for her immediately in the prologue, and then you just want her to succeed. I loved reading her passion for food. Also, the food in this book feels like a character itself. It’s such a huge part of the book. Also, there’s some fantastic recipes throughout this book. What more could you want? It’s fiction and a cookbook! Also, the recipes have fantastic names and backstories that give the book real charm. ‘Love me forever Lamb’ is just one of the great names.
Now when I say it’s heartbreaking, I mean it. There’s a few things that happened, that I won’t spoil but it truly shocked me. It’s hard to see Addy go through it all, because she’s such a wonderful character. Don’t worry though, it’ll break you heart. But it will put it back together again.
This is the perfect book to forget everything that is going on, and just enjoy reading.
I can’t recommend this book enough. As I’m sure you all can tell from my review I really enjoyed it. It’s so rich in love, food and culture. It’s out March 19th.
Thank you to Headline Review for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Until the next review