Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cooking for Ghosts by Patricia V. Davis

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o 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. They decide on impulse 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 desperate secrets.

The women are surrounded by ghosts long before they step aboard, but once they do, nothing is quite what 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 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, COOKING FOR GHOSTS is an unforgettable tale of love, redemption, and divine female power. 


Ever want or been to visit the Quessn Mary? I almost did. I wasn't but 5 miles from her but we decided to head home as we were short on cash. Talk about someone being disappointed. I sure was!

But books like this and Susan Meissners book has enabled me to do just that!
Still, it really isnt the same same because you see, I love the ocean liners of the past. They fascinate me. Something that huge can stay afloat? Truly amazing if you ask me.
All I'm going to say about this book is just WOW!! Some of these scenes in this book really hit home and I can honestly say my mouth just flew open I was so surprised!!
This book also made shivers run up and down my back!! I ended up having to put 2 blankets on me cause I was cold.
I loved that the Queen had a voice in this book so to speak!! I can imagine I heard her fog horn because I've heard Titanic's in a museum so I can imagine the Queens. What a life she must've lived and seen!!
I thought it was wonderful that they made her into a hotel! Although I'm sure she (Ship) hates it.
I can see why she may be haunted. I don't know how I'd react if I seen a ghost though. Probably poop my pants? I may mever know.
Maybe someday the Lord willing if im supposed to see the Queen for myself I will get to meet her with the Lord's will. I will leave it up to him.
I will say there is some mild cussing but not too bad. And some sex scenes but I skipped over those lol!!
I really enjoyed this book!! I loved that the author used the Queen Mary as a back drop for this book.
Thank you Patricia! It's always a delightful reading anything with this ship involved. I love hearing her "voice" so to speak. If she really did have a soul we'd really know how she felt!! But in our hearts and minds she does! She really does!!
I strongly recommend this book. This author does a fantastic job in bringing the characters and the Mary to life.
My thanks to Netgalley. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own. 


Patricia V. DavisPATRICIA V. DAVIS's debut novel, COOKING FOR GHOSTS: Book I in The Secret Spice Cafe Trilogy was presented at the Queen Mary Salon Series. Book II, SPELLS AND OREGANO was praised by magician, David Copperfield for its capture of magical performance. The trilogy is an official selection of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club, the largest book club in the world, with over 700 branches. DEMONS, WELL-SEASONED: Book III in the trilogy will be released in November 2019. Patricia lives with her poker player/rice farmer husband, and they divide their time between southern Nevada and northern California. Prior to starting a full time writing career, she taught English in Athens, Greece, and Queens, New York. Represented by Gordon Warnock at FUSE LITERARY. 

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