Monday, June 16, 2014

The Cook's Temptation by Joyce Wayne

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02_The Cook's Temptation
Publication Date: February 1, 2014
Mosaic Press

Formats: Ebook, Paperback

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Joyce Wayne brings to life the complexities of Victorian life, first in County Devon and then in London’s East End. The ‘big picture’ is about one woman’s life, class conflict, religious intolerance, suspicion and betrayal. The central figure is Cordelia, a strong-minded Jewish woman who is caught between her desire to be true to herself and her need to be accepted by English society.Cordelia Tilley is the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Anglican father. Her mother has groomed her for a life in English society while her father, a tough publican, has shown no tolerance for his wife’s social climbing or the conceits of their perspicacious daughter. Cordelia’s mother dies from typhoid fever, she tries to run the family ‘s establishment, she falls prey to a local industrialist, she gives birth to a son, she is tormented by her husband and his family. Finally, she is rescued by suffragette friends and sets off to start a new life in London.The Cook’s Temptation is about a woman who is unpredictable, both strong and weak willed, both kind and heinous, victim and criminal. It is a genuine Victorian saga, full of detail, twists and turns, memorable scenes, full of drama and pathos.

My Review:
*Received this book from Historical Fiction Virtual Tour for an honest review.
4 stars
I really enjoyed this story mostly because I loved the heroine-Cordelia Tilley.  I really enjoyed Cordelia and loved her very humanistic qualities.  I could not help but cheer for Cordelia.  I loved her strength and her vulnerability.  The author did a wonderful job of making the characters feel real and the intrigue keep me on the edge of my seat.  I highly recommend this story.  It was a perfect balance of suspense, coming of age and Women Lit! 

Praise for The Cook's Temptation

“Joyce Wayne’s debut novel, The Cook's Temptation, has the stately bearing of a nineteenth century novel – the mercilessness of Thomas Hardy, the black allegory of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the tense marriages of George Eliot. It is a story of how people become what you blame them for being.” – Ian Williams, poet and fiction writer, short listed for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize

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About the AuthorJW 2

Joyce Wayne has an MA in English literature, has taught journalism at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, for twenty-five years, and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She was a winner of the Diaspora Dialogues contest for fiction and the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism. She is the co writer of the documentary film So Far From Home (2010), a film about refugee journalists persecuted for their political views, and various of her other works have been published in Parchment, Golden Horseshoe Anthology, Canadian Voices, and TOK6.

For more information please visit Joyce Wayne's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. She is happy to participate in Books Clubs by phone and Skype.

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Review at Book Nerd

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Review at Seaside Book Corner

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Interview at From the TBR Pile

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Thursday, June 19

Review at Flashlight Commentary

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Interview at Flashlight Commentary

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Book Blast at Bibliophilic Book Blog

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Book Blast at Book Lovers Paradise

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Tuesday, June 24

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Wednesday, June 25

Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

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Thursday, June 26

Review at Caroline Wilson Writes

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Review at Historical Novel Review

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