The Parisian Christmas Bake Off - Jenny Oliver
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Carina
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!
Love, love, loved this book I did. It is jam packed full of absolutely everything I love. Cakes, Baking, Paris, Romance, Snow, Christmas. (If that list alone doesn't make you want to buy this book, then I'm utterly baffled to why)
Jenny Oliver has a lovely quirk in her writing style and this increases the books warmth and charm. It has a fabulous mixture of characters and has a good balance of good and bad within them. It is lovely seeing Rachel blossom and shine throughout the book and the ending is utterly delightful. Oh I just loved it.
I know this is a terrible review, but I really did just love it :)