Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine

Author: Laura Madeleine
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Publishers: St. Martin's Press
At the famous Patisserie Clermont, 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.

In THE CONFECTIONER's TALE, Laura Madeleine spins the story of a girl, who is determined to dig out the truth about her late Grandfather's past. It hints back to the early 1900's, something about a girl in a certain photograph and the word 'Patisserie'. Could she succeed?

1) The cover is beautiful and alluring. Together with the title, mouth-watering description of food in the blurb and the pastel colours on the cover, the novel looked very appealing to me. 

      The author takes the readers through two stories, set in the different time and places, at once; one in the early 1900's in Bordeaux, France and another one in the late 1980's in Oxford, England. The Author has managed to pull off the smooth transition between the two stories, I didn't have any difficulties at all, to follow up with the stories, but rather liked the feeling of getting lost in two enticing stories at a time. It kept me glued to the book from start to finish.

       I'm always in for a forbidden love story of people, driven apart by the standards and rules of the society. An ordinary chef falls in love with the hotel owner's only daughter, it becomes a huge scandal and brings awful changes in the life of the few characters, along with it. The next tale is about the endeavour of a historical research student, investigating her Grandfather's past, to clear his name out of an impending scandal.

 Laura Madeline's lucid, flawless writing creates an emotional historical fiction for the readers. It's laced with emotions, feelings, heartbreak, love, sadness and happiness. Quite a moving book.

I was happier than those main characters, whilst reading the climax. Dreading till the very end, all those painful experiences the main character went through, I expected the story to end on a sad note. So, I was obviously happy to read the surprisingly merrier ending of this love story. It seemed more realistic to me.

Despite all those points, the story failed to blow me away, felt like it's missing something, but I'm not sure what it is. But, if you enjoy Historical Fiction novels or books set in France, I recommend A CONFECTIONER'S TALE. It's a beautiful debut, and I'm looking forward to reading the next work by Laura Madeleine.

Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the review copy.
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