I really wanted to contact you to let you know how much I loved reading your book.  From beginning to end it was like listening to the story of a friend of a friend, laughing one minute, a blubbering mess the next, and being totally engrossed from page one.  Having lived in  Brisbane my whole life, I felt connected to the story, especially since I used to work in the Fortitude Valley/New Farm area, often frequenting some of the cafes/bars/places of interest mentioned in the book.  I loved, loved, loved the foodie aspect, and enjoyed the elegance of Paris entwined into the storyline.

The biggest thing I got out of reading it however, was how I needed to cherish and love my husband more - that was quite insightful for me.  Reading of the special relationship between Chilli and her husband reminded me of my relationship with my husband, and I realised that I had forgotten the importance of showing him that love.  Needless to say that he has profited from me reading your book too. Thank you so much for taking the time to write what is for me, one of the best novels I've read in a long time.  As soon as I finished that final page I just wanted to start reading it again.  Unfortunately I've passed it on to someone else in my book club.  She too is enjoying it immensely - she keeps sending me text messages.  I've also been told that it will become a book club initiation read for our book club. So thank you very much again for adding this to the literary world.  I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours, including your next book (which I very much look forward to reading).


Oh my God Tracy, am nearly finished your book – The Essential Ingredient – Love. I can't put it down - I love it! Everything about it is so real to people like me.  I am a 48 year old woman with two adult children, happily married for 26 years, going through all of Chilli's life moments and meeting someone new. The love of just simple things in life, like the food we have, and the love of a special person, and of course the beach etcetera makes this one of the best books I have ever read.

Like I said, I haven't finished yet and will be keen to see what the ending has in store for me.  I will be sorry to finally take this book back to the library. I will miss it I suppose! How strange, never really felt like this about a book before.
Thank you for a truly lovely book.

Joanne Part 2

Hi Tracy,  Its Joanne here, I wrote you an email a week or so ago, and thank you for your reply.  I mentioned at the time I was reading your book and was not quiet finished, well unfortunately I finished it last night, oooooohhhhhhhhh.

I have to say I woke up this morning and thought I wonder how Chilli, Jeff and the Montgomery family are going. How strange, they became part of my day and I will miss them.  I have never said that about a book I have read in my life, and I have read many over the years. I truly will miss them and their travelling, of course always enjoying what they were eating every day. The beach house I can still picture. I am taking the book back to the library today, and guess what Tracy, I don't want to let that book go down the chute. Hahaha, have you heard of anything so bizarre.  I can't believe it had that much of an impact on me.

Anyway, thank you again for a truly lovely book, like I said I will miss Chilli and Jeff, looking forward to your next book, you did a fantastic job


Your book is FANTASTIC. I cried on the train (or maybe that was my mascara  in my eyes) that was on the way to work reading about the wedding. Then on the way home this evening my mascara stung my eyes reading about Rob. Hated being at work today as I wanted to sit in a comfy chair and finish the book.

GREAT first book, CONGRATULATIONS and hope there are more of them locked inside of you.