The first review of Paris Month 2017 and debuting the new header for this year as well! It certainly fits the theme of The Confectioner’s Tale. 🙂 (New to Paris Month? Click here for more info on this April event!)
After a young man’s chance encounter with the daughter of a famous patisserie owner, his outlook on life has changed. This meeting had given him a glimpse into the kind of life he wants, one full of decadence, desserts and desire. A love affair begins, one that is secret and forbidden. Almost eighty years later, when a student comes across a mysterious photograph that’s connected with her grandfather, she embarks on a hunt for some answers on who the people are in the picture and why her grandfather has written “Forgive me.” on the back.
I love a good forbidden romance story full of intrigue and mystery, and The Confectioner’s Tale certainly meets that criteria. While a secret love affair is not a new one by any means, the one that Madeleine has created in this novel is a captivating one, at times even reminding me of my favourite movie, Moulin Rouge in some ways.
The narrative in this book alternates between 1909/10 and 1988, which allowed for different aspects of the story to unfold as the connection slowly pieces together. I personally preferred the part of the story that takes place in the early 1900s more, as I felt the characters to be a bit more flushed out and story better-flowing. The scenes that take place in the ’80s were still interesting but, at times, felt a bit too forced or convenient of a predicament.
Madeleine sets the Parisian scenes so vividly, with a cast of supporting characters that both help and hinder the star-crossed lovers. I could not put this book down and was kept wondering throughout the whole book how the story would be resolved. And I wouldn’t be staying on-brand if I didn’t comment on the gorgeous book cover full of my favourite things! Paris, books and macarons – this cover may be one of my all-time favourites.