Book Review: The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver
Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!
Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.
Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.
As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…
Not even a dusting of icing sugar could make The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off a more perfect Christmas treat! (From Goodreads)
Rachel works at a school teaching but her heart is set on baking like her mum used to – so the school send her off to a “bake off” competition in France and from there things start to look up for her. I felt like I was there with her in the kitchen- a few twists in the mix that I did not see coming (that at first I felt bad for her but then was a blessing as she could start something else) could feel tension and the homesickness she was feeling. The plot overall was good.
Very festive -easy and lighthearted quick read but downside was that I felt the romance was abit false/rushed and so was some of the freindships that formed during that week- maybe because the story itself was a short one.