The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery written and self-published by Su Young Lee is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Su Young Lee’s debut novel: The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery.
Reading Su Young Lee’s story felt like a grown up modern day Japanese fairy tale. There were elements in the story that set your imagination free and felt almost other worldly but I believe this enhanced the theme of the book.
This is a story about a young Korean girl wanting to surprise her boyfriend who is currently living in Tokyo but when she arrives in Japan she finds her boyfriend has disappeared without leaving any note of explanation. Heartbroken and now homeless in a strange city leaves Hana feeling very low but as she looks around she starts to see little light and wonder around her. The beauty of the cherry blossom trees, a peppermint plant that smells divine, a bright pink house like a beacon of hope for her.
Hana soon finds temporary accommodation and work and starts to build a new life meeting people and gaining new experiences and knowledge. The community she builds around her are as diverse as they come but Hana’s youth and spirit fits in well and whoever she meets gives Hana encouragement and inspiration. Hana loves baking and she finds during these trying times that creating delights with the produce around her gives her comfort and joy.
We follow Hana on her journey of enlightenment in life and love and I was charmed by this endearing story. The bakes Hana creates sounded absolutely delicious and I was in awe of her ingenuity. I also enjoyed reading about the Japanese culture surrounding food and tea and I found myself googling for more information regarding the teas and produce used.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery is a sweet, endearing romance that has a touch of magic and mystery about it.
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.