Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan

September 30, 2014 Book review 13 ★★★★½

This is one of those books that I’ve kept waiting far too long on my TBR.  I think possibly because I don’t like novellas but I finally made time and I was wowed by this book.  I adored it!

Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie GaughanThe Mysterious Bakery on Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan
Published by self published on 1st June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy, Love & Romance
Pages: 140
Source: Received from Author
Goodreads
four-half-stars

This is the magical tale of Edith Lane, who sets off to find her fortune in the beautiful city of Paris. Fortune, however, is a fickle thing and Edith ends up working in a vintage bakery in the positively antique town of Compiègne.

Escaping heartache and singledom in Ireland, Edith discovers that the bakery on Rue De Paris is not exactly what it seems and that some ghosts from the past are harder to escape than others.

A heart-warming story that is sure to appeal to all of the senses, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a mouth-watering journey of love, liberty and la vie en rose

First Line of Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan

 “The only thing worse than having a mid-life crisis is finding out about it from your father.”

My Thoughts on Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan:

 When I started this book, I immediately got drawn into the story of Edith who at the age of 35 has decided to spread her wings and takes flight to France.  Initially I was raising my eyebrows and wondering did she ever hear of google as she was totally unprepared for where she went to live.  But then I didn’t care, I loved her attitude and the more I got to know her, the more I understood her.

When she was younger, she was too busy caring for her mother to live a student lifestyle or to make all her carefree mistakes in life.  And now her time has come to just be Edith but the trouble is, she doesn’t know who that is.  You often read books of people in their 20s having similar life turning points but I loved that Edith was that bit older as it took a lot of courage and resilience for her to reinvent her life.

And the setting of the book in a bakery in France is amazing.  Do be prepared to want ALL the breads and ALL the pastries though.  My mouth was watering and my stomach was groaning for just a tiny taste of the goodness.  There is also a huge whimsical element to this book and it added a lovely magical realism to the story.

There is a romance but even though it was sweet, I felt it didn’t overtake the central theme of Evie finding Evie.  And I really appreciated that.  Instead it was about work, cultural differences and new friendships and I loved voyaging with Evie.  There is also a nice bit of history in the book which doesn’t surprise me as that was something I loved in Evie’s previous book The Cross of Santiago and it’s evident that she is quite the history buff.

Overall I thought this book was sweet and considering the shortish length, it packed a lot of depth into those pages.  I really loved it for its uniqueness and its heartwarming plot line.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Pace
four-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

 

Who should read Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan?

I strongly recommend this to those who like well developed characters, a strong sense of place in their settings and a theme of discovering your purpose in life.  Also be aware there is a whimsical element to the plot.  Fans of Diana Gabaldon, Carmel Harrington and Cecelia Ahern should also enjoy.

four-half-stars

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13 Responses to “Book Review : The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris by Evie Gaughan”

    • trish

      I know, it drove me crazy that she hadn’t researched where she was going but it made perfect sense for her character and where she was in life. Fun read.

    • trish

      It IS very unique and I love that it packs so many different elements into the one short book. Hope you enjoy it if you get to it Lily.

  1. Ana @ Read Me Away

    I really love well-developed characters, and I love that it’s a book about going out and finding your place elsewhere that features a character that’s older than the usual MC. It just goes to show that age is just a number, and that you can still go out and change your world if you have the courage to do so. 😀

    Keeping my eyes out for this. Great review, Trish!
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    • trish

      I agree, it’s good to see older characters reinventing themselves. It is pretty inspiring and makes for a feel good read.

  2. Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books

    Ooooh this one sounds good!
    I love books where the character takes the expat route to re-invent themselves. Of course, it can be terrifying experience but relocating to a completely different country definitely has it’s appeal. 😉

    Sounds like an inspiring and fun read-Thanks for putting this author on my radar, Trish! 🙂
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    • trish

      I loved French setting Nuz, it really added charm to the book. And I agree, very scary to start again in a new country especially on your own and in your mid thirties. Makes for an interesting, feel-good read.

    • trish

      Reinventing yourself with a fresh start always makes for an interesting angle for a book. Especially when it takes place in Paris! 🙂

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