Troubador Secrets of Blue and Gold

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789013498

eISBN: 9781789011258

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Secrets of Blue and Gold


Recently arrived in London and looking for a fresh start, Fran finds a new lover and a part-time job in a local boutique, Frocks and Chocs. Little does she imagine that this move will draw her into Junoco, a groundbreaking and risky enterprise involving curious wild birds, dark chocolates in blue and gold wrappers and a secret formula that provokes interest among shady commercial competitors.

Inspired by the extraordinary effects of the ‘Junoco Truffles’, Fran jumps at the chance to follow the bold spirit of her childhood friend Judi, while also facing awkward questions about the ethics and dubious legality of the chocolate venture. What level of deception is involved, who are they up against and which of her new friends and associates can be trusted?

By turns thoughtful, tense, funny and subversive, Secrets of Blue and Gold is a story about the mysteries of brainpower, the delights and excesses of human curiosity and the strange magic of intimate friendships.

Skilfully written and delightfully intriguing, Secrets of Blue and Gold is a refreshing and engaging novel. From the opening moment, we are with the central character, Fran, as she encounters strangers and explores her new neighbourhood. Her observant eye and sense of style, the surprising nature of her inner thoughts, her ability to balance intuitive spontaneity with the wisdom of experience and calm reflection – are all very attractive. Relaxed, curious, adventurous, loyal and independent, she enjoys forming friendships and relationships, learning new things and taking risks. This is a feel-good book.

The plot keeps us intrigued and entertained, but also gives much fuel for thought – raising very interesting questions around creativity and the brain; the ethical issues around interference in those processes; and business and government’s role in these.
As we near the end, the plot races towards an exhilarating climax. And finally, like a Shakespearean comedy in the truest sense, we are left with a sense of harmony, celebration and possibility… full circle. Enjoy!

by Lucy Bronwin

Entertaining and well-written. It was a book that I couldn’t put down. Pretty awesome summer read. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no words to describe the emotions it invoked. Definitely placed in my to be read again pile Would recommended it to my book club once for my friends to read too.

by Jeneille Lewis

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