Friday, 2 September 2016

The Confectioner's Tale Book Review

The Confectioner's Tale on Blooming Fiction the book blog

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
by Laura Madeleine

Publisher: Black Swan
Publish Date: 23 April 2015
ISBN-10: 1784160725
Rating: 5/5
*Digital PR copy received for an honest review


Putting my Kindle down less than 10 minutes ago I don't know where to start when writing the review for The Confectioner's Tale. Some books leave me gasping at the end and others leave me feeling short changed and hard done by. This book, however, has left me feeling contempt and sumptuously satisfied.
So what is it that has left me so dumbfounded about this book? Closure. From the ending of the book it is clear that this is a standalone book which has a tale of its own to tell. And what a tale it is. Without giving the plot away, the ending has tied up all the loose ends and has convinced me that The Confectioner's Tale definitely deserves a full five stars from me and Blooming Fiction.
The story of The Confectioner's Tale is told over two timelines, 1909 and 1988, which is the present for this book. Petra, in 1988, is conducting research into her grandfather Steven's past. Triggered after finding a photograph, she races against a rival researcher who is trying to affirm that shame was brought upon her grandfather. Petra's fight against the clock is helped by some and hindered by others, but she persists to find the truth behind the mysterious photograph of the two friends pictured with her grandpa.

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Back in 1909 Guillame encounters a wealthy young woman, of who's family runs a fine patisserie. The Clermonts are an established family and endure all the strict social aspects of life including the choice of suitor for Miss Clermont. During an awful day of flooding and turmoil, Gui returns to the patisserie to help salvage any stock, and to come to the aid of the kind lady he's befriended previously. Saving her life Gui is rewarded with a job in the kitchens which he jumps into whole heartedly.
Needless to say by the blurb, a love affair begins between Gui and Jeanne , Miss Clermont, and they fall in love. Keeping it strictly secret apart from a couple of incredibly close friends they explore the other side of town where they think they are safe from prying eyes.
The progress of the story flips between 1909 and 1988 in alternative chapters. Although it may sound complicated, it is easy to keep track of the story as it set in such a way that questions being asked in 1988 are subsequently being answered in 1909. The descriptive scenery and easy flow of language made this book impossible to put down as you become completely absorbed into the frame of each scene.
Although the here and now are both equally key elements of The Confectioner's Tale I found myself trying to read the 'now' sections faster in order to get back to the main action. I enjoyed all of the book thoroughly but the older scenes are so inviting and exciting I didn't want to be parted from them for long. 
Our hero Gui gets put through a lot in this story but his fiery passion never lets him surrender. His strength and determination is all you need to continue reading this amazing story of crossed lovers in era dominated by social stations.

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