Miranda Loves: Summer Reads

Summer Reads | Miranda Loves

This week’s Miranda Loves post features two great reads I have lined up for the summer. I haven’t planned to go away this year, but these books are guaranteed to provide fabulous armchair travelling, at least!

I recently picked up Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard and became enthralled after the first few pages. The book is described as ‘part memoir, part chocolate-smudged family cookbook,’ and it describes Elizabeth Bard’s move to the French countryside and the start of family life, with various recipes thrown in along the way. Picnic in Provence is in fact a sequel to Lunch in Paris, which I didn’t realise, but have now ordered, as it too sounds utterly delightful, telling the story of Elizabeth’s meeting with a dashing Frenchman (now husband) and her exploits in getting to grips with French cooking.

Peking Picnic is a book I’m dying to read, having loved Illyrian Spring by the same author, which was republished by Daunt Books a few years ago. Now they have brought out Ann Bridge’s first novel, set in the bygone world of 1930s Peking and following the story of Laura Leroy, wife of a British attache, as she negotiates diplomatic society far away from home.

What’s on your summer reading list? Do you have any great recommendations?

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  • Claire

    I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read Peking Picnic or Illyrian Spring, despite having (rare) copies of both for years…

  • Sounds like some great reads! x

  • Lizzie

    I loved Lunch In Paris! Let me know what Picnic in Provence is like! πŸ™‚

    • Will do πŸ™‚ Glad to hear Lunch in Paris come highly rated! xxx

      • Lizzie

        I’ve just finished Picnic In Provence – thanks for the recommendation! Did you enjoy it?

  • As a lover of all things French, I’m so excited to discover Picnic in Provence and Lunch in Paris! They sound like books is really love. I read a great book in a similar theme a few years ago called Almost French. It was excellent πŸ™‚ x

    • Oh yes I think you’d really enjoy them too Carly! Almost French sounds a lot of fun – I’ll look out for it! xxx

  • Thank you for introducing the book ‘Picnic in Provence’ and ‘Lunch in Paris’. I guess it will be a great feeling to read ‘Picnic in Provence’ in the Mayfield Lavender Farm πŸ™‚

  • I didn’t realise there was a sequel to ‘Lunch in Paris’, I bought it a few months ago and I’ve been saving it for my holiday! Can’t wait to read it and then move on to the sequel.