New in our children’s section is Caramel Hearts by Elizabeth Rose Murray. This is Murray’s first book for Young Adults following the success of her first novel The Book of Learning, which is a firm favourite at Charlie Byrne’s.
Liv Bloom’s life is even more complicated than that of your average fourteen-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics and her older sister is struggling to step into Mam’s shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best friend Sarah, who gets out of scrapes at school and is a constant source of advice and companionship.
One day Liv discovers a book of recipes written in her mum’s handwriting, which sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation – but a theft, a love rivalry and a school bully are just some of the many obstacles on the way.
Structured around real recipes, Caramel Hearts is a coming-of-age novel about love, disappointment and hope, and discovering the true value of friends and family, no matter how dysfunctional they are.
What’s better than reading books? Reading books with delicious snacks of course! With ten fantastic recipes inside for tasty treats like Rocky Road, flourless chocolate cake, and even caramel hearts, this book is both a recipe book and an touching story. Murray deals with tough topics such as bullying and addiction in an honest way that doesn’t condescend and also presents a very realistic portrayal of sisterly love. A heartbreaking and heart-warming story from a fantastic Irish children’s writer.
Caramel Hearts is available at Charlie Byrne’s for €10.20. For more information on this book, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.
Check out E.R. Murray’s website here.