After a freak accident at work in a chocolate factory, Anna Trent finds herself flying to Paris on the insistence of Claire, a former teacher, that she has since reconnected with. While in Paris, she would be working at a renowned chocolatierie at the break of dawn, learning from the very best. Not only is the new city a culture shock for Anna, but what she learns about real chocolate-making, and herself, is eye-opening.
As Kaley had basically mentioned in her own review, don’t judge this book by its cover. Both of us had a very different idea of what this book was going to be like, given the cover with the light colours and yummy images of chocolates. This book was so much more full of insight into the choices we make in life and love. I really enjoyed that the protagonist was 30, and unsure of what to do with her life. So many books are “YA” in often grown-up situations, or 30 year olds depicted in a way that feels unrealistic to that demographic. It was a very relatable age, which made me all the more invested in the character.
While the main story follows Anna, there are also flashbacks to Claire’s youth interspersed throughout the novel. This alternating point of view worked well to reveal a bit more of Claire’s past and her motivations for urging Anna to try something new and live her life in Paris for a while. Admittedly, there were moments where it felt a bit predictable, I still found it a very sweet and emotional story. It’s definitely not a light, fluffy “chick-lit” book about romance in Paris. It has so much more depth than that, and so much more heart. Bonus: there are recipes in the back for readers to try!