The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery
Fluttering cherry blossoms, gorgeous kimonos and sweet and sorrowful love.
For cake-loving college girl Hana, Japan was the romantic destination of her dreams. With boyfriend Jin she planned an exciting new life in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. But when she finally arrives after months of planning, Jin isn’t there.
Hana is left broken-hearted on a rainy Tokyo street. Jin left no note. One day he just walked out of classes and disappeared.
Hana begins her new life alone. Watching cherry blossoms fall into the Tokyo river. Working hard and delivering her lovely home-baked cakes by orange bicycle. Then she meets handsome young farmer Hikaru, and glimpses a new way forward – in an alien place where she doesn’t know a soul.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery is a sweet romance with a hint of magic realism. It’s a perfect book to carry with you and read on holiday or weekends.
Author Bio –
Su Young Lee is a Korean romance author who lived in Tokyo, Japan for 10 years and now lives in London, England with her husband and two lovely cats.
Su works in academic publishing and loves baking, playing piano and working on her calligraphy.
Check her blog here.
I’m bringing you another review and blog tour today. I hope that you are as excited as I am about this book. I bet a lot of you already know how I feel about Asia and that I love both Japan and Korea. So when I’ve received an email for a review, I accepted it.
At first, I thought that this book will be only about baking and bakery and didn’t expect it to have so much dept as it had. We meet our main character Hana, a Korean woman, as she comes to Japan to find her boyfriend. But sadly, he is nowhere to be found so Hana is left all on her own to make her life there without knowing really anyone or the language for that matter. It is amazing to see how she’s has found her place in Tokyo and also found herself for that matter. I think of Hana as a really strong character, especially after seeing what she’s been going through. I have to say that there were moments where I cried because it got me so emotional.
One of the great points in this book are forgiveness and healing that Hana goes through. There is such a valuable lesson to be learnt from her. Not only those two things but also dealing with loss. I think it is something so valuable to learn, especially in the times that we live in right now. We have more than enough time on our hands to do the necessary healing.
If you need a book that will give you a gentle push but also make you enjoy reading, make sure to pick up this book. I can’t wait to see what author will brings us more and I think that I will be re-reading this book. If for nothing else, but to remind myself about forgivness and healing.
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle,