Title: The Confectioner’s Tale
Author: Laura Madeleine
Genre: historical fiction, romance, some mystery
Part of a Series? No
Published: May 21st, 2015 (per Goodreads, the Kindle edition is coming September 20th, 20126).
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for giving me an e-arch of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to read this!
It is Paris of 1909 and Gui, a railroad worker, unwittingly comes in contact with the daughter of a patisserie. Allowed a glimpse inside the beauty and magic of the shop he is spell bound. Quickly, he is allowed in as an apprentice, in thanks for services rendered. As he spends more time with the daughter though, he quickly falls for her. Thus begins the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking love affair that would span decades.
Nearly 80 years later, Petra finds a picture in her grandfather Jim’s things. Two words on the back… “Forgive me”. Forgive him for what? There is a man that is writing a biography about her grandfather, hinting at a scandal… could this be it? She has to know what happened. Scrounging for clues that link her grandfather to the picture of three people, what she finds is crazy. She can’t leave it alone… but will she be sucked into the past to the detriment of her own future?
This novel has all the pieces that I need in a good historical fiction. The setting were gorgeous and seemed very true to time. The characters were memorable. It really was like stepping back in time. I loved Jean and Gui. I felt for Jim, who thought he was doing the right thing, and made everything so very wrong. I do have to admit that Petra was a hard sale for me. I think I liked the 1909 section of this book more. Still it was well paced and beautifully written.
On the adult content scale- language, violence and some sexual content. I give it a six.
The edition is coming out September 20th, 2016; but Goodreads says it has been out for a year- go get it!
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