Jun 252022
 

Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love
Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by Kim Fay

When twenty-seven-year-old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan letter—as well as a gift of saffron—to fifty-nine-year-old Imogen Fortier, a life-changing friendship begins. Joan lives in Los Angeles and is just starting out as a writer for the newspaper food pages. Imogen lives on Camano Island outside Seattle, writing a monthly column for a Pacific Northwest magazine, and while she can hunt elk and dig for clams, she’s never tasted fresh garlic—exotic fare in the Northwest of the sixties. As the two women commune through their letters, they build a closeness that sustains them through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the unexpected in their own lives.

Food and a good life—they can’t be separated. It is a discovery the women share, not only with each other, but with the men in their lives. Because of her correspondence with Joan, Imogen’s decades-long marriage blossoms into something new and exciting, and in turn, Joan learns that true love does not always come in the form we expect it to. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of Joan and Imogen’s friendship—a test that summons their unconditional trust in each other.

A brief respite from our chaotic world, Love & Saffron is a gem of a novel, a reminder that food and friendship are the antidote to most any heartache, and that human connection will always be worth creating.

Thoughts
I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of my best friend who I met when I moved into a new apartment. Louise was my next door neighbor. The first time we met we it was like we’d known each other for ever. I was 21 and she was 42, not as big a difference as Joan and Imogen, but still a gap. I had one son under 1 and her only child still living at home was almost 16. This book brought back a lot of good memories for me.

This is a feel good book for sure, full of things to keep you entertained. It’s a bit sad at times too and I liked the balance. It’s a short audio at just 3 hours and 46 minutes but there is a lot of story packed into that time. I liked hearing the references to the 60’s.  More memories!

The only negative thing I can say is that there was one repetitive thing that did get old, and that’s the PPS’s at the end of the letters. I’m not a fan of hearing anything that keeps repeating. Other than that, I loved this book.

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  11 Responses to “Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by Kim Fay”

  1. I wonder if the repetitive “P.S.s” at the end of the letters isn’t as annoying when reading the print edition. I find those sort of things get very annoying when listening to an audio book. I’m really eager to read this book, about which I’ve heard such great things. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • I think the PPP’s would definitely be better in print as you could just see it and go on, not hear all the P’s. It probably wouldn’t any most people but I just don’t like repetitiveness.

    • I think the PPP’s would definitely be better in print as you could just see it and go on, not hear all the P’s. It probably wouldn’t annoy most people but I just don’t like repetitiveness. It didn’t make me want to not finish the book, I just found it a bit annoying.

  2. Yes, the PSs were easy in print but I can see how the audio would get annoying! I really enjoyed this one.

  3. Sounds like a lovely book!

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, too! The PSs didn’t bother me at all in print, but I can see where it might have annoyed me on audio.

    • It probably wouldn’t have bothered me in print, but having to listen to them over and over got a bit on my nerves, especially when there were a bunch of P’s in a row.

  5. This sounds so good. I like the idea of women becoming friends despite age differences. I feel we all have so much to teach one another and can offer support in ways our age-peers cannot always do.

  6. Oh this sounds lovely! I was always very close with my grandmother so I always enjoy a book involving friendships with age differences like this. I will need to look for this one!

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