After reading my first Patrick White, I reached for a book with a pretty cover and a romantic storyline. The Confectioners Tale is a sweet story of romance, cake and Paris just before the war, and a university student in England who finds a photograph in her recently deceased Grandfathers things with a note begging for forgiveness.
It’s one of those lovely books with two intertwining story lines, one in the almost present where a descendant chases up family secrets, and one in the past of lost love. That said, it’s not too predictable, and it’s not just another chick book, it’s a solid, well-written story, with rounded, distinct characters. It’s not terribly long, and it flows, so you can curl up with it over a cup of hot chocolate and sink into boy meets girl.
Read It If: You like books about Paris, love, cake or family secrets.