Review Request Sign up for Newsletters Tips and ideas Write for us

Follow by Email

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunshine & Secrets by Daisy James - Book Review & Giveaway

Amazon USA Amazon UK Goodreads

Review by Suze

Millie lost her dream job after her boyfriend broke her heart. She worked as a chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant and he was her colleague. Food is her biggest passion, but she couldn't stay at the restaurant. Because she needed friends more than anything she now works in a small patisserie in London instead. Her sister thinks Millie deserves a break and arranges a two week job on the stunning St. Lucia. Millie has to direct the kitchen installment and recipe testing for the new business of a famous chef who's temporarily incapacitated. She's starting a cookery school at her villa, but can't be there to oversee the work that has to be done. It's the ideal job for Millie and she gets to spend time checking out a beautiful Caribbean location.

The villa is at a cocoa plantation and chocolate is an important element of the menu. Millie has help from a local chef, so she can learn more about the cuisine of the island. The estate also comes with a manger, Zach. His welcome isn't kind, but when Millie gets to know him she finds he's actually more helpful and friendly than she thought. Cocoa pods are disappearing. Who's taking them and why? While Millie is trying to solve this mystery, she's desperately encouraging the staff to finish the kitchen on time. Will she pull it off or will she fail at her job, so everything is in chaos when it's time for the first guests to arrive?

Sunshine & Secrets is a wonderful delicious story. Millie is a talented chef and I absolutely loved her passion for food. It was incredibly fun to read about her creations, the way she tastes things and her interest in recipes and ingredients. She's a true chef, which is something that completely endeared me when I read her story. She has a broken heart, but sunshine, making new friends, delectable food, lots of Caribbean cocktails and gorgeous men are helping her heal really well. I loved the sunny atmosphere of the story, while the mystery of the disappearing pods, political issues and finding love is giving it a nice amount of depth as well. Millie has a fabulous adventure and I enjoyed every single page of her marvellous journey.

Daisy James has a great heartwarming writing style. It's clear she knows what she's writing about and that makes her story very fascinating. I was entertained, charmed and captivated. Sunshine & Secrets made me smile and I was curious, so couldn't stop reading, which is an ideal combination. Daisy James combines this with a magnificent setting that she describes in a fantastic vivid way. I love it when a story brings so much joy and can't praise Daisy James's feelgood factor enough. She's found the exact right balance between cheerful and serious and the result is a terrific story I highly recommend.


If you love delicious heartwarming stories you don't want to miss Sunshine & Secrets. Please keep in mind that this is the first book in the The Paradise Cookery School series, so the ending, while not entirely open, will make you curious to read more.

About Daisy James

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.


Facebook // Twitter // Amazon // Instagram


Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of Sunshine & Secrets by Daisy James.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Sunshine & Secrets sounds like a feel-good romance packed full of flavours, scenery and scents to tantalise every one of the senses.

  2. A massive thank you for this wonderful review, Suze. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your trip to the Caribbean! Love Daisy xx

  3. This sounds so fun and sure makes lemonade out of the lemon of losing her boyfriend. Dream jobs!

  4. looks like a good read for our hols

  5. Sunshine, chocolate, fabulous food, cocktails and gorgeous men are certainly one way to mend a broken heart!