Mercedes and her family are vanilla farmers who have spent their lives in the beautiful countryside surrounding Papantla, Mexico. But when trouble comes to their doorstep, a move to start over again, far away in bustling Guadalajara, proves to be an offer they can’t refuse.
The Garcia de Vargas’ vanilla-infused foodie treats are a hit with the city’s locals, much to the annoyance of their fellow street cart vendors, but it’s not long before trouble follows them once more in the shape of the infuriating Gonzalo.
The more determined the guy is to undercut Mercedes’ sweet offerings, selling his copycat goodies next to her ‘Vanilla Pod Cafe’ wherever she moves it, the harder Mercedes tries to ignore the fiery tingles he's unleashing all over her body!
Until fate brings them together...
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury's ley lines however, she's unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children's publishing... selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel - both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
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