Muriel Barbieri: A Rose Alone
At 40, Rose feels like she hasn’t really lived yet. As a botanist, you know flowers but don’t look at them. Nothing passes by, nothing can touch it. Then an unexpected phone call knocks her out of her daily life: She’s going to fly to Kyoto to read her father’s will. When she reluctantly agrees, she has no idea how exciting the foreign country with its temples and Zen gardens can be. On her journey back to her roots, she meets Paul, who is also struggling with his grief. The two come close and give each other the strength to rediscover the beauty of life.
Sabine Abel: “The best-selling author of ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ tells a touching story in a calm and emotional way, and it’s not just a love story, it’s a reconciliation with the whole of life. The main character Rose has never met her father and is supposed to travel to Japan after his death because he included her. to his will, and the father devises a plan for her by which she has to visit various stations such as botanical gardens, temples and zen gardens, which she does at first reluctantly. And then more and more joyously. She soon plunges into the unknown land with great enthusiasm – and takes the reader into a strange world. , but also to its emotional world, which culminates in a love affair. The discovery of a new and wonderful culture has particularly impressed me.”
Julia Matera: The Chef Who Talked to the Islands and the Stars
The Elsa and Robert Walch Inn is an institution. It’s summer and tourists from everywhere flock to enjoy Robert’s delicious country cuisine in the midst of peaceful nature. While his sister Elsa takes care of the guests, Robert loves to spend his time at the fireplace and in his beautiful vegetable garden. He tells stories to the carrots, sings to his chickens and creates nostalgic recipes under the starry sky. Until one day, lively Maggie arrives from England – and asks him to dance. First on the ground. But does Robert dare to explore real life with her?
Sabine Abel: “A lot of this story is about the cooking, the food, and the excitement and attention that Chef Robert brings to his ingredients. He grows vegetables himself in the garden (his sanctuary), and encourages vegetables to grow. And his sister Elsa is an extroverted and funny person who has children from a failed relationship and loves companionship. On the other hand, , wants his safety and prefers not to have people around. When the English girl Maggie falls one day at the little pension, she gets the attention of Robert who so far has only been given to vegetables. He loves her and gets to know her reluctantly at first, then more and more. The story Great atmospheric, the characters are lovable and revolve around many delicious cuisines, so it’s just a treat to read. A funny, whimsical and at the same time romantic story.”
Mamin Sanchez: Cote d’Azur
Brussels, June 1956. Belgian Prime Minister Achille van Acker wants a relaxing summer vacation. But soon, rumors about the love affair of the young King Baudouin caused turmoil – his impudent affair could shake the kingdom even its foundations. That is why the Prime Minister sends his best secret agent, Pierre Pirlo, to Nice. He remains undercover at the Negresco Hotel to investigate the matter. Not a real problem for the supreme agent, but the mission is jeopardized when Pierlot meets a charming princess who is not only beautiful, but also steals valuable paintings.
Sabine Abel: “A carefree summer novel with a successful mixture of romantic entanglements and hilarious suspense. The reader experiences the exquisite taste of the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s. Belgian King Baudouin has a heated relationship, which in turn affects the main character Pierre Berlot, the secret agent of the Belgian crown, making him sweat.” In fact, he must watch the king and bring him to his senses when in doubt, but he falls in love with a beautiful young princess who lives in the same hotel.. that the princess turns into a thief who worries about more complications and that Pierre Pirlo no longer knows where to direct his attention first. For this story, the blend of a hilarious love story, a thrilling secret agent story, and turbulent comedic entanglements. The delicacy of the heart and easy writing style make this book possible for a perfect deck chair read.”
Helen Wolfe: wallpaper for love
A young woman and her much older lover escape city life in Berlin and drive to the coast of southern France. There, the narrator’s summer dreams soon give way to disappointment, for she is not the only one blessed with vivacity. You have to leave him before he can understand what really matters in this relationship – and in life. She lives a summer of freedom and independence, in a house by the sea among the thyme and lemon trees, she finds true friends – and finds herself, finally, to meet the man she loves again.
Sabine Abel: “This book has the most ‘flourishing’ of the four presented. Helen Wolff, with her husband Kurt, established a dynasty publishing in the United States in the 1930s as a Jewish immigrant and translated German literature in exile into English. After her husband’s accidental death, She continued “The Book of the Pantheon” on her own and her attitude towards life was reflected in the story.
A young woman loves a man much older than her who is still married and travels with him to the south of France. It’s on fire, but for the Three-Pooh, it’s just an affair. She fancied that summer would be more romantic, and since all he had in mind was the luxurious life with other women, she left him and went to Saint-Tropez. This is still a 1950s fishing village (when the story was written). She gets comfortable in a little house in the reeds, works, makes new friends and finds peace for herself, then meets the guy again at a fisherman’s ball and they engage each other again. The really great love for both of them begins now. This story reads like summer, the dialogues are exhilarating and the reader seems to feel the shimmering landscape. By the way, the manuscript of this book was in an envelope with the note “When I die, burn or throw away the unread” – fortunately, the descendants of Helen Wolff did not adhere to it! “