Dec 26, 2016

Review -- The Parisian Christmas Bake Off


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The Parisian Christmas Bake Off
Author: Jenny Oliver
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 352
Format: ebook


Synopsis:

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!


My Review:
I am a sucker for books that deal with cooking in them, especially baking since I love to bake. I came across this one on Amazon and it was only 99 cents. I couldn't say no to that. Since it was set at Christmas time, I knew I had to read it during the Christmas season. I had a few other Christmas books to read as well, so I saved this one for last knowing I would love it the most. I wasn't wrong in my thinking.

This book was truly amazing. The way the author was able to put so much personality into each and every character that you came across. I could picture each of them as I kept through the pages and had a way each of them looked. I don't think there was a character that I didn't like in this story, even the other contestants in the bake-off. Yeah, some were a bit dodgy and untrustworthy, but it is a competition. I understand some doing things to sabotage the others. It's what happens in those situations.

I loved thinking of Henri's little bakery and wanting to eat everything that I read about as they were cooking it. I could visualize every single item as I was told about it in the pages. I wanted to hop into the book and do the competition with them (even though there is no way I could ever win it).

The scenery was also wonderful. I felt like I was walking the streets of Paris and was also in the room as they all competed for the apprentice spot. The author truly has a gift for her writing.

My only complaint and I don't even know if it is a very good one is there are times where the characters talk in French. I didn't understand much of it and it wasn't translated anywhere. Some words were spoken a lot so I was able to start figuring out what it meant. I am also wanting to learn French and plan to this year, so that might be where my frustration comes from. Knowing I should have learned it by now but haven't so I couldn't read it. I think I was more frustrated with myself than the author.

I was very sick while reading this. I had to read it in tiny spurts in between curling up in bed, drinking tea, and watching movies. I would have much rather been reading but with how sick I was, I just couldn't focus on the words and I also found I was reading parts and not even knowing what I was reading so I would just have to stop and go back to it later. If it wasn't for that I would have not moved until this book was devoured.

The book also has a lot of hidden messages in it that are wonderful. The author doesn't slap you in the face with any of it, she simply did little bits as you read for you to get the picture in the end. I loved that about the book. It wasn't just a feel good story but also something that had you good advice as you finish it. I don't want to say what all is put into it because I want you all to get your own take on what the author does. Yes, that does mean you need to read this. I know I will be reading everything this author wants to put into the world and she will have a fan from me for life.

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