Secret recipes of a magic bakery

Secret recipes of a magic bakery

The Bliss family owns a magical bakery that uses an ancient cookery book full of secret recipes. When the parents are called away, they leave the children in charge. Only Rose, the 12-year-old daughter, is entrusted with the key to the book's hiding place, but her parents forbid her to use the magical recipes.

During the parents' absence, an unexpected guest shows up. The glamorous and mysterious woman tells the children she is their Aunt Lily. Rose and her siblings cannot resist the urge to impress Aunt Lily by trying out the magical recipes. When the children distribute Love Muffins and Cookies of Truth to the bakery customers, there are chaotic and hilarious results.

The four Bliss children are portrayed realistically, particularly Rose. She is insecure about her looks and abilities, but while her parents' are away, she learns how special she is and how much her family loves and depends on her. Aunt Lily is also believable. She uses her charm, good looks and the right words to persuade people to do what she wants. The other characters are like cartoons; quirky and exaggerated in humorous ways to make the book more entertaining.

The first two chapters are long and drawn out, but the plot is clever and original. The children learn valuable lessons about togetherness and keeping a secret. The book would make a great movie or bedtime story.

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