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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine

Setting: Paris and Cambridge
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Mystery
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Oh, how I loved The Confectioner's Tale: A Tale of Paris. If you adored Moulin Rouge, this book is going to impress. Be prepared to get swept up in this star-crossed lovers' tale.

Petra Stevenson, a King's College grad student, just needs to finish her thesis. The problem is she comes across a potential scandal involving her now-deceased grandfather. She adored her grandfather and is furious biographer Simon Hall would dare say her grandfather was responsible for a scandal that rocked Paris. When she finds a photo hidden away with the words "forgive me" scrawled on the back, Petra is determined to find the truth before Simon Hall does.

Skip back to 1909. Guillaume du Frere heads to Paris to take a laborer's job. He needs to earn money to help support his mother. He ends up bumping into a beautiful young woman, and soon learns she is Mademoiselle Jeanne Clermont, daughter of the owner of Patisserie Clermont. Tragic events bring Gui into the Clermont's lives once more, and he's offered a position in the patisserie. Soon, the couple begin a clandestine romance that threatens to destroy them both if caught.

The Confectioner's Tale is part romance, particularly in the past with Gui and Jeanne, and part mystery in the late-1980s where Petra is researching her grandfather's past. Together, the two stories played well off each other, though I will admit it was Gui and Jeanne that were the stars on these pages.

Laura Madeleine brings Paris and the patisserie to life. I could almost smell the overcooked eclairs, taste the sweet chocolate, and feel the vibrancy in the bustling city. I fell in love with this story and expect many other readers will feel the same.

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