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Cooking for Ghosts (The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy, #1)

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Cooking for Ghosts (The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy #1)

byPatricia V. Davis(Goodreads Author)
Do hearts broken long ago forever leave a tangible trace?

A Vegas cocktail waitress. An Indian herbalist. A British chemistry professor. An Italian-American widow. Four unique women with one thing in common: each is haunted by a tragedy from her past.

Cynthia, Rohini, Jane, and Angela meet on a food blogging site and bond over recipes. On impulse, they decide to open The Secret Spice, an elegant café on the magnificent ocean liner, the RMS Queen Mary, currently a floating hotel in Long Beach, California. Rich in history and tales of supernatural occurrences, the ship hides her own dark secrets.

The women are surrounded by ghosts long before they step aboard, but once they do, nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people they meet, not their brooding chef’s mystic recipes, and not the Queen Mary herself. Yet the spirits they encounter help them discover that there’s always a chance to live, as long as one is alive.

Nominated for the prestigious Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Cooking for Ghosts is an unforgettable tale of love, redemption, and divine female power.(less)

Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published October 7th 2016 by HD Media Press (first published October 1st 2016)
Original Title
Cooking for Ghosts: Book I in “The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy”
Edition Language
Long Beach, California, 2004 (United States)

WOW! WOW! WOW! “COOKING FOR GHOSTS” BY Patricia V. Davis is a hauntingly delicious and entertaining novel!! I love the way that Patricia V. Davis has done the historical research and how she weaves her story, characters, and timeline together.
The story takes place on the RMS Queen Mary, the beautiful ocean liner which is now a floating hotel in Long Beach, California. The RMS Queen Mary has much historical detail, and is rumored to hold secrets, and spirits and ghosts, para normal activity.  During  World War Two, the ocean liner was painted steel gray and transported soldiers, and was involved in the war.
The timeline of the story goes back in history and forward to the  present, I love the way the author describes the luxury ship in such artistic detail. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Para-Normal, Mystery, and references to Historical fiction. The author uses Poetic License in combining the history and the fiction.
The author describes her characters:”The main characters are diverse in birthplace, socio-economic status and life experience.” Four women meet on a food blogging site and decide to open  “The Secret Spice Cafe.  The characters are complex and complicated and each have secrets, and something tragic in their past. The Chef also is temperamental at times and has secrets. The characters seem dysfunctional in many ways, and their strengths and weaknesses make them work together.
Most of the crew is familiar with para normal activity. Many strange and questionable sounds and sights are seen.At times the ship seems possessed, and certain things have a mind of its own. The mysteries to past murders and deaths causes an intense edge, and the past characters and present are pieces of a puzzle that have to fit.
I love that the author deals with many relevant topics: the importance, independence and power of women. Each of the characters is held back by their past. The author discusses how some women are oppressed in certain cultures, and not given respect. In addition, some of the character’s rigid upbringing conflicts with their growth. Patricia V. Davis also brings up the topics of forgiveness and redemption. I appreciate that the author mentions the importance of family, hope, faith and love.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a lighthearted story with para-normal activities. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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