Saturday, January 06, 2024



India 1939, Bindu is unhappily married and doesn’t see a way out.  She was a well sought-after cook before she got married and loved being in the kitchen.  She loved creating new recipes and spice mixes, but that all changed when she married.  Now she isn’t allowed in the kitchen.  And when Bindu tells her husband that they are expecting a baby he confines her to her room.  When she goes into labor she fears not only for her life but also for her baby’s life.  

London 1990, Eve’s adopted father passed away and left her an Indian recipe book.  With hand-written recipes of spices old and new.  She is grieves the loss of her father and she finds comfort in trying the recipes in the book.  She never knew anything about her birth mother but there is something about the spice recipes that makes her want to know about her birth mother and the family she was born into.  But in her search for answers is she ready for what she will discover?

The Spice Maker’s Secret by author Renita D’Silva was a wonderful time slip novel. D’Silva does a fantastic job of pulling the reader into the story and never letting go.  This story grabbed my heart from the very first page to the last.  What a wonderfully written story.  I felt personally connected to Bindu and Eve and through the tears I was able to finish this story in one sitting.  This unputdownable and unexpectedly heartbreaking story is one that I won’t forget.  I was inspired by the storyline and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Renita D’Silva 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 3, 2024
Pages: 462 
Buy on Amazon 

1939, India. Gently kissing her child, Bindu reaches into her pot of powder and touches her finger to the baby’s forehead. She tries to hide her tears behind her sari as she hands her daughter into a stranger’s arms, wondering if she will ever see her again… 

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, 
Bindu is desperately lonely. Before her wedding, she was a highly sought-after cook and although she is not allowed into the kitchen in her new house, she can still taste chilli on her tongue and remember the feel of ground turmeric on her fingers. She finds solace in writing recipes and creating new spice mixes, hoping to pass them down to her unborn child. But when her jealous husband finds out, he confines Bindu to her room alone. As she goes into labour, Bindu is trapped and desperately afraid for her child’s life. Even a recipe cannot rescue her this time. Will she and her baby find a way to survive?

1990, London. Eve’s most treasured gift from her beloved adopted father was a hand-written Indian recipe book. Grieving his death, she begins to grind and mix the spices penned so carefully in the recipes. Do the crumbling pages hold the key to uncovering the secrets of her past?

Her father never spoke of her birth mother, finding it too painful to talk about his time in India. But now he’s gone, Eve is desperate to understand where she comes from. 
Will finding her birth family, lost for so long, help Eve to find her place in the world, or will it tear her apart?


Renita grew up in a picturesque coastal village in the South of India, the oldest of three children. Her father got her first story books when she was six and she fell in love with the world of stories. Even now she prefers that world, by far, to this.

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