Kisses and Dreams| A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

So first up, I must say that I’ve been looking forward to this book for some time… I first met Natasha last year at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Balmain, Sydney and I was delighted by her enthusiasm and encouragement for my own work. Natasha is from Perth and she’s just an all-round lovely human being (as well as a brilliant author). She uses her extensive social media platforms to promote other authors books and support emerging writers. After meeting her, I was even more excited to hear about her forthcoming novel which is set in 1920s New York.

Natasha and her publisher Hachette very generously offered a free little book teaser before the release of the novel in April this year and although I promised myself I would wait to read the book first, I couldn’t help downloading it one afternoon. It was SO GOOD I just knew ‘Kissfitz’ was going to be a knockout.

I was so pleased to discover that my instincts were right!

A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about following your dreams and your heart. It’s about making difficult choices and doing what is right, despite the disapproval of society and disappointing family expectations. The novel’s heroine, Evie Lockhart, is a smart, sensitive girl who begins the novel craving a life beyond what her family have in mind. By the end of the book, she is a tour de force, a modern woman who knows that life is no fairy tale but who strives constantly to make things better for the women in her care.

At it’s heart, though, A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald is a romantic story about love and about how choosing the right person to love can help us find the courage to be ourselves. Although Evie is engaged to the seemingly charming Charle, it’s his brother Thomas who captures her interest and imagination with his progressive ideas about the power of women to change the world and become equals in a society dominated by men. Once free of her family’s grasp, Evie realises that it will take more than dreams to make her goal of becoming a doctor and finding a path to happiness with Thomas a reality. She joins the infamous Zeigfield Folies to earn money to pay her way through medical school.

I just loved this book, with it’s amazing evocation of 1920s New York and themes of female empowerment. It’s a brave book too; Natasha doesn’t flinch from describing the particularly awful conditions of obstetrics at the turn of the century. I think this made it so emotionally engaging; I truly felt for Evie and she is one of my most favourite characters from recent books.

Does Evie succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out! And let me know what you think of A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald; I’m sure you will love it too x

Evie’s Pink Martini Cookies

I thought this week it would be fun to show you how to make martini cookies! The New York of Evie’s time was still gripped by the strictures of prohibition, but of course there are lots of speakeasies where jazz babies flount the rules. I think Evie would certainly have loved a pink martini or two!

To make these cookies, you will need:
Martini Cutter
Piping icing in grey and fuschia
Flooding icing in white
Airbrushing machine with pink and gold edible spray paint (you can also buy cans of Americolour brand edible spray if you don’t have a machine)

Step 1.
Outline your martini in grey piping icing

Step 2.
Flood with white flooding icing

Step 3.
Airbush your martini cookie with a combination of first pink and gold spray paint, making sure to keep the ‘stem’ covered

Step 4
Add bubble details using the fuschia piping icing and a 1.5 tip

Step 5.
Add in the ‘reflective’ details to your martini glass using the grey piping consistency icing.

Step 6
Sit back and admire your work.. then enjoy your delicious martini cookie! 🙂

Don’t forget to grab a copy of Natasha Lester’s A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald which is out now in bookshops everywhere.

Happy baking and reading!

1 Comment on Kisses and Dreams| A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 26, 2016 at 11:16 am (1 year ago)

    I love the dresses Lauren! they’re so gorgeous 😀 And it sounds like a great book too 🙂

    Reply

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