"At the famous Patisserie Clermont in Paris, 1909, a chance encounter with the owner’s daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powdered sugar, of pastry light as air.
But it is not just the art of confectionery that holds him captive, and soon a forbidden love affair begins.
Almost eighty years later, an academic discovers a hidden photograph of her grandfather as a young man with two people she has never seen before. Scrawled on the back of the picture are the words ‘Forgive me’. Unable to resist the mystery behind it, she begins to unravel the story of two star-crossed lovers and one irrevocable betrayal."
The Confectioner's Tale is just gorgeous - romance, history and CAKE - what more could you ask for? The story is beautifully told, alternating between Paris in 1910 and England in the present day. The characters are stunning - I loved Guillaume and Jeanne and the way their lives are interwoven.
Laura Madeleine's writing is powerful and makes it so easy to imagine the kitchens of a busy patisserie in Paris, the sights and smells she describes are fabulous and this is definitely not a book you want to read on a diet!
I loved the ending too - it was not what I was expecting and brought a little tear to my eye. You should be prepared with a Kleenex, just in case!
The Confectioner's Tale is out on 23rd April and you can get it here:
**Many thanks to the publisher for my ARC**