Almost passed this due to mixed reviews, but so glad I didn’t!
I loved this book. The main character Maire bakes a bit of magic into her confections. You want a little Love, some extra Strength, a bit more intelligence or compassion. She has a cookie, cake, biscuit or tart for that. Though she has no idea where her special baking skills came from. She appeared in town 4 years ago with amnesia.
When Marauders come to town and capture her, she is sold as a slave to a volatile man who seems to know her but will not tell her anything about who she is or how he know her. She also begins seeing a ghostly man who also knows her from before but will give her little information.
The story gets truly interesting when her buyer starts taking baking jobs. For example she is asked to make a gingerbread house in the enchanted forest for an old lady who loves children, and gingerbread cookies shaped as boys who will be real for a lonely widow, plus more. I like the mix of genres in the book, it was unexpected.
As the book goes on we find out more about who Maire is and who Fyel, the ghostly man is, as well as how the man who bought her knew who she was and how she ended up losing her memories. I cried, quite a bit. But you gotta love that in books sometimes. It means it stirs emotions in you.
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