REVIEW: Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé by William Keeling

Title: Belle Nash and the bath Soufflé by William Keeling
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Publication date:
3rd March 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
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When Mrs Gaia Champion hosts her first supper after the untimely death of her adored husband Hercules, the meal goes sadly awry. 

Enter gay hero Bellerophon “Belle” Nash: city councillor, grandson of Bath’s original Master of Ceremonies Beau Nash, and bachelor extraordinaire. 

Assisted by a group of eccentric lady friends, Belle sets out to explore Gaia’s culinary mishap, only to expose a web of corruption that goes to the heart of Regency Bath’s judicial system. 

In doing so, he struggles to retain the commitment of his German “cousin”, and Princess Victoria—not yet Queen—persuades Gaia that all women can defeat the bonds of male repression.

My review:

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé is a light-hearted read with a brilliant cast of characters. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Belle and Gaia are an unstoppable force and I was really rooting for them to solve the mystery and show society what they were capable of. The side characters are also hilarious and together they made a brilliant team. 

There’s a note section at the end of each chapter where the author covers different historical events. A lot of research has gone into this story and it really helps bring the characters and this time period to life.  

There’s plenty of humorous moments as Belle and his friends investigate why their soufflé didn’t rise. However, it also explores important social issues, which I wasn’t expecting. These events all made the story an unforgettable read. I’d definitely recommend it!

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