- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1358 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545055009
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Little Bird Press (1 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KSPBU74
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris is a book written by Irish writer Evie Gaughan.
Published last year, it is a book I have been looking forward to reading.
A little escapism to a world where good things happen, I felt now was a good time to sit down, have a coffee and a croissant and let myself relax into a world of mysticism & joie de vivre.
Please join me…
Edith Lane makes a decision that will change the course of her life.
One day, sitting at the local bus stop, whilst offering a mint to a little girl ‘with all the vintage charm of a fifties housewife,’ Edith decides to pack her bags and start a new life for herself.
Grieving for her mother who passed away the previous year, Edith makes the very brave decision to leave her father and all that is familiar to her, to take up a position managing a small bakery in Paris.
On arrival in Paris, Edith soon realises that she may have been a little impetuous in her move as all is not as she had imagined.
Edith finds herself working for the very elusive and stern Madame Moreau.
M.Moreau is the owner of ‘La Boulangerie et Patisserie de Compiegne’, selling all the produce expected of a French bakery. Edith is in awe of the breads, the pastries and the beautiful smells of the shop.
Part of her job package includes accommodation within the premises and Edith begins to question where all the produce comes from. Under strict instruction from M Moreau to remain out of the kitchen, Edith begins to suspect all is not as it seems.
It’s not long before Edith finds friends within the community and starts to adapt to the French ways. As her confidence increases she starts to question herself and how she has unwittingly stopped herself from living the life she was given.
She discovers that she has a very tenacious personality as she finds herself embroiled in a story that she least expected. As the history of M. Moreau and the town of Campiegne is slowly unveiled to Edith, she is both shocked and intrigued with what she discovers.
Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’, Chocolat, Evie Gaughan has written a novella about the magic & mystery of a small French town on the outskirts of Paris. We travel on a journey with Edith as she discovers herself and learns to deal with her grief.
Evie Gaughan has written a very compact book that provides just the right amount of sweetness and romance.
It’s the perfect escapism for a rainy afternoon and as Evie herself says ‘I was really able to indulge my love of magical realism in this story. Finding magic in the everyday is a very strong theme for me and one which I always return to.’
Edith was an instantly likable character. Thinking that her life has got stuck in a bit of a rut, she makes the scary decision of applying for a job at a bakery in Paris. It's a big step for her and takes her completely out of her comfort zone. Things don't start off right either when she thinks she's going to be working in Paris when actually she is working in the town of Compiègne, an hour's train ride from Paris. She then also has an unfriendly boss to contend with, Madame Moreau. Being back in Ireland is starting to look more appealing! And then there is the mystery surrounding the bakery, why won't Madame Moreau let her into the basement where all the food is baked?
I really enjoyed the mystery part of this story. I felt that something magical was afoot and throughout the whole book it had that sense of enchantment and unusual goings on.
This had some great secondary characters too like Nicole who befriends Edith and Manu, who works closely with Madame Moreau.
The setting of Compiègne, despite being set in the winter months really sounded idyllic. I really felt transported to France and wanted to be there with Edith.
My only tiny criticism is that I would have liked more build up and story line surrounding the mystery. I felt that we found out too quickly and not as much was made of it as it could have been. However that is just my opinion.
This was a really heartwarming, lovely story that was so easy to get lost in.
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