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Book Review: The Saffron Trail


Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.

After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.

It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.

This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’ origins.


I often find myself enjoying novels that involve a great passion towards something. Whether it’s for travel, food, love, something that shows a lot of knowledge and research into making it. There’s just something about this that makes a novel great, even if it is not of my particular interest I appreciate the energy that has went into the novel.

The basis of this novel that took place involved a few different timelines of events that interlink together in some way. I feel the Glen story that had the reader going back in time was a little annoying. Especially at the beginning where the reader is only discovering the characters and trying to get a few for the novel. This offset my balance. I really enjoyed Amy’s story the most. I think this was due to the fact she didn’t have as much baggage as Nell and I related more towards Amy if I had to choose. With Nell I really wanted her to shake her and tell her to leave her husband because he was very disrespectful towards her.

Overall, all characters showed development and progress as expected. Especially the two women on their journey together where they had met originally. I did find this to be slow paced and the multiple points of views did not help however it was an interesting plot.

3/5 stars

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