I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Arctic Curry Club by Dani Redd
Published by Avon on December 9, 2021
Format: Arc, E-Arc
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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‘For my whole life I had been looking for home. But why would that be in a place that I’d left? Perhaps I had to keep moving forward in order to find it…’
Soon after upending her life to accompany her boyfriend Ryan to the Arctic, Maya realises it’s not all Northern Lights and husky sleigh rides. Instead, she’s facing sub-zero temperatures, 24-hour darkness, crippling anxiety – and a distant boyfriend as a result.
In her loneliest moment, Maya opens her late mother’s recipe book and cooks Indian food for the first time. Through this, her confidence unexpectedly grows – she makes friends, secures a job as a chef, and life in the Arctic no longer freezes her with fear.
But there’s a cost: the aromatic cuisine rekindles memories of her enigmatic mother and her childhood in Bangalore. Can Maya face the past and forge a future for herself in this new town? After all, there’s now high demand for a Curry Club in the Arctic, and just one person with the know-how to run it…
A tender and uplifting story about family, community, and finding where you truly belong – guaranteed to warm your heart despite the icy setting!
The Arctic Curry Club has to be one of my favourite reads of 2021. It was perfect. So much so that I still feel disbelief that this is written by a debut author. I felt so at ease with this book and could easily imagine being there and tasting the food and enduring the cold. I personally do not think that I could have coped with the enduring cold or the endless darkness. But there was something beautiful about it at the same time.
There were some dark issues covered in the book including anxiety and repressed memories but I thought these were well handled and showed how different people deal with the situation and also learning what is important for themselves.
Despite this The Arctic Curry Club was a warm and comforting read. A book that was filled with delicious food and great friendships. All going on their own journey. But is ultimately a journey of discovery.
I guess the only issue I had with the book the amount of food involved or the amount of curry. As I read I wished that I had had the hindsight of ordering a curry, because by the end I was desperate for one. Can I blame the author for writing so well? Probably not.
I loved The Arctic Curry Club, and I think I may have found my new favourite author and cannot wait for the next.