A Confectioner’s Tale
By; Laura Madeleine
Published by; Black Swan
On May 21, 2015
Inside a Paris patisserie in 1909, a boy falls in love with a girl. Add a scandal, drama, and mouthwatering pastries. Fast forward eighty years where an academic discovers a picture from her late grandfather’s collection with the words, “Forgive me” scrawled on it. “The Confectioner’s Tale” will bring you inside of Paris as the scandal unfolds while alternating timelines with the present day academic who is determined to reveal her grandfather’s secret.
As a former pastry chef I can’t help but be cynical of a patisserie in any story line. However, Laura Madeleine is absolutely stunning in her debut novel. The imagery she has painted for this 1900’s Paris patisserie is flawless. I found myself in love with character Gui and his journey to discover how to create the perfect pastries.
While this is a story about forbidden love, it simultaneously tells of a passion for pastries. From croquembouche to religieuse, “The Confectioner’s Tale” will leave you with a delightful and dazzling craving for a true Paris patisserie. I urge you to pick up this book and dive into a world so few have traveled.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.