I am so, so happy to be apart of the blog tour for Graham’s Delicacies. I’m so excited to share my review and playlist I’ve made. My playlist is a little different time around. Initially, it was going filled with songs about the book in general, but I quickly grew really fond of the actual bakery in the book, Graham’s Delicacies.
I’m also hosting my own Paperback copy giveaway of Graham’s Delicacies. It’s international, so everyone’s welcome to join!!! Check it out below!
R E V I E W
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Six people and three love stories all in one bakery.
Graham’s Delicacies is a collection of short stories revolving around the love lives of the workers of Graham’s Delicacies. If you’ve read Ali’s previous work, you realise this café has already made it an appearance in Ali’s debut, Soft on soft, and I love it! I adored the casual and sweet environment of the café. Apart from Yujin, everyone works there, and it’s adorable. In just Saccharine alone, you can clearly see how furiously protective they are of each other and love each other so much. The familial aspect, inside the café and outside, was one of my favourites part of this book.
Saccharine follows Jen, who is a student working as a waitress, and her relationship with one of the café’s bakers, Emilie. I would, out of all the stories, this was the sweetest. Their relationship was a pretty adorable and we’re shown how they got together. It begins quite delicately with both sides definitely wanting to take their relationship further. I had a lot of love for Emilie; they’re so cute.
In just Saccharine alone, you’re very quickly introduced to the relationship dynamics of the workers. You can clearly see how furiously protective they are of each other and love each other so much.
In Delectable, James is hard-core pining over his co-worker Sam. He’s exceptionally family-orientated and often puts his family before anything else, even himself. If Saccharine was sweet, Delectable was emotional. Sam is confident and amazing. His confidence is sky-high and brilliant. James and Sam fit so well together, and their relationship was very natural and cute.
Ravenous is, I would say, my favourite out of the three stories. Alex hopes to change the mind of a popular food vlogger who made some pretty unjustified comments about the bakery. Except, they certainly weren’t expecting to meet Yujin. Ravenous was hilarious as Yujin tries to persuade Alex to give him a second chance. Alex is highly protective of Graham’s Delicacies, so they aren’t so easily satisfied.
Yujin was a surprising character I didn’t expect to rate so highly. He comes off quite arrogant at the beginning, but quickly he’s developed into this entirely different person, whose public persona precedes him.
Overall, I enjoyed Graham’s Delicacies. I love the way the stories interlink with each other but are their own stories. There are explicit sex scenes in each story, in case, that isn’t your thing, like me. I love the different couple dynamics. It’s pretty low in drama, and everyone gets a happy-ever-after. So I would recommend if anyone wants a fun and quick read.
P L A Y I S T
At my current workplace, I’m in charge of the music that gets played inside the restaurant. I’m often looking for music that can fit the atmosphere of the restaurant. So, instead of a playlist for the book, I made a playlist of songs I think would be played during work hours. The concept of this playlist is the first half of the playlist is fun, bright songs that suit the morning crowd, while the latter half is slower songs, more towards the evening crowd.
G I V E A W A Y
Unfortunately, the Rafflecopter widget keeps going offline for some reason. So, I decided to move the giveaway onto twitter.
Giveaway has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated!
- No giveaway accounts for Twitter entries
- International entries are allowed.
- Giveaway ends 14th March 12AM GMT. The winner will be contacted/ announced around 12PM GMT that day.
- WordPress names/ email addresses are only collected for verification. I won’t keep any details after the winner has responded and the giveaway has ended.
- Please be comfortable with giving me your email/ home address. (the email address is so I can forward you a copy of the purchase receipt)
- Winners have up to 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
- This giveaway is not apart of the Blog Tour and is completely under my control. Any questions regarding the giveaway must be directed to me and not Em Ali.
A U T H O R
Em Ali grew up on TV and K-pop like many her generation. She learned a lot about how to be a hermit and not interact with people but she’d love to hear from readers through email! maliwrites2 at gmail dot com or social media
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