Happy Friday all!
It’s winter here in Australia, which generally means that baking urge I feel only once or twice a year comes out of hibernation. As a general rule of thumb, I’m not a cook in any sense, mainly because I’ve inherited my mother’s penchant for burning things, but now that I have my own apartment and my own kitchen, I’d love to start being a bit more active in it – especially since there are so many good baking recipes out there!
In January, Penguin Random House Australia released The Cottage at Rosella Cove, the second book by Aussie author Sandie Docker, and they kindly agreed to let me
butcher bake the amazing cupcakes from Sandie’s debut, The Kookaburra Creek Cafe. The best thing is I get to share the recipe with you too! My efforts are above, and while they don’t look as nice…they damn well tasted great!
THE BOOK: The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker
THE PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph (Penguin Random House Australia)
THE SYNOPSIS: Why had the house stayed empty so long? Why had it never been sold?
Nicole has left her city life for the sleepy town of Rosella Cove, renting the old cottage by the water. She plans to keep to herself – but when she uncovers a hidden box of wartime love letters, she realises she’s not the
first person living in this cottage to hide secrets and pain.
Ivy’s quiet life in Rosella Cove is tainted by the events of World War II, with ramifications felt for many years to come. But one night a drifter appears and changes everything. Perhaps his is the soul she’s meant to save.
Charlie is too afraid of his past to form any lasting ties in the cove. He knows he must make amends for his tragic deeds long ago, but he can’t do it alone. Maybe the new tenant in the cottage will help him fulfil a promise and find the redemption he isn’t sure he deserves.
Welcome to the cottage at Rosella Cove, where three damaged souls meet and have the chance to rewrite their futures. | GOODREADS
THE AUTHOR: Sandie Docker grew up in Coffs Harbour, and first fell in love with reading when her father introduced her to fantasy books as a teenager. Her love of fiction began when she first read Jane Austen for the HSC, but it wasn’t until she was taking a translation course at university that her Mandarin lecturer suggested she might have a knack for writing – a seed of an idea that sat quietly in the back of her mind while she lived overseas and travelled the world. Sandie first decided to put pen to paper (yes, she writes everything the old-fashioned way before hitting a keyboard) when living in London. Now back in Sydney with her husband and daughter, she writes every day. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK