The Secrets Between Us by Laura Madeline blogtour book review

the secrets between us

The Secrets Between Us written by Laura Madeleine, publisher Transworld Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/TEycic

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High in the mountains in the South of France, eighteen-year-old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal. But in 1943, there is no such thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person. Scandal, it would seem, can be more dangerous than war.

Fifty years later, Annie is looking for her long-lost grandmother. Armed with nothing more than a sheaf of papers, she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth. But as she traces her grandmother’s story, Annie uncovers something she wasn’t expecting, something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herself…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied.  However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Laura Madeleine’s latest novel: The Secrets Between Us.

Wow!  The Secrets Between Us is such an exquisite story, it will certainly be hard to beat in the Best of the Best for 2018 for me.

Laura Madeline’s writing style is stunningly beautiful in this novel, it almost felt poetic. The words swept me away to two different time frames to the South of France 1943 when a small village, surrounded by mountains, was in the hands of the Italian army.  With the uncertainty of war, the new Italian control and now an influx of refugees temporary seeking shelter in the village, life was so different for the locals.  Lack of food and now sharing with the army and refugees led to people taking risks with the black market and poaching.  People feared the newcomers but young Ceci Corvin was captivated by one particular refugee and a friendship soon blossomed between Ceci and Madame Reiss.  18 year old Ceci and the young Jewish woman would sneak off together and share elicit moments foraging for food, escaping the humdrum of reality and breathing in the crisp mountainous air; like cleansing their soul.

After a while the locals and newcomers with the Italian Army were living in a unique harmony but this was not to last.  Fear of life took hold and life for many in Saint Antoine, including Ceci, would never be the same again.

Fifty years later Annie was working in England and happened by chance to find a closed file on her Grandmere Ceci.  Annie’s mother and Ceci had had a falling out years ago and had lost touch.  Will this closed file hold a thread of information for Annie to find her long lost Grandmother?

We follow Annie and Ceci on two very different journeys.  Journeys of self-discovery, a forbidden love, of growing up in a war torn country.  Facing heartbreak, loss, betrayal and conflict.  A truly stunning story that will captivate you.

To learn more about Laura Madeleine and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://lauramadeleine.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LauraMadeleine

 

 

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The Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeline book review

the confectioners taleThe Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeleine published by Transworld Publishers is available NOW in ebook format and paperback.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Confectioners-Tale-Laura-Madeleine/dp/1784160725/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1437912643&sr=1-1

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At the famous Patisserie Clermont in Paris, 1909, a chance encounter with the owner’s daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powdered sugar, of pastry light as air.

But it is not just the art of confectionery that holds him captive, and soon a forbidden love affair begins.

Almost eighty years later, an academic discovers a hidden photograph of her grandfather as a young man with two people she has never seen before. Scrawled on the back of the picture are the words ‘Forgive me’. Unable to resist the mystery behind it, she begins to unravel the story of two star-crossed lovers and one irrevocable betrayal.

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I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

I adored this book, foodie romantic fiction is one of my favourite genre’s so when I read the synopsis I was hooked already.  The story is set in two time frames; 1909/1910 Paris and 1988 England.  We are first transported to 1988 when Petra, the granddaughter of the late historian, author and critic J.G. Stevenson, is angered by the news of her grandfather’s life to be criticised and ripped apart by Simon Hall, biographer.  Simon Hall hints of a scandal he has unearthed which deeply unnerves Petra even more.  Her grandfather was like a father to Petra and she couldn’t bear to think of any misgivings in his past.  Petra discovers an old photograph of her grandfather with two other people.  On the back of the photograph are just two words, ‘Forgive me’.  Petra is desperate to unravel this mystery before the biographer does.

Back in 1909 we are introduced to Gui and Nicolas, two young men looking for work in the rail yards.  A brief encounter with a young woman enchants Gui and he couldn’t get the image of her out of his mind.  Gui by chance happens upon this young lady again and finds out she is Jeanne Clermont, the daughter of the owner of Patisserie Clermont. Gui realises that they are both from different worlds, himself from a poor working background, Jeanne from a well to do family with a reputable business.  Gui is also captivated by the stunning, exquisite creations from the patisserie and soon falls in love with both the art of the confection and the beautiful Jeanne.

What follows is a wonderful story of forbidden love, betrayal, secrets, discovery of an artform in the wonderful creations of French patisserie.  How Laura described the creations made by the chefs sounded exquisite and breathtaking and very delicious.  I loved Gui’s character.  He was a very strong and determined character but also had a lot of faith and compassion.  I enjoyed the throwbacks to the early 1900s Paris, hard times for many struggling to survive.  These times sounded very dark and I believe Gui’s discovery of Patisserie Clermont was like finding a ray of sunshine in between all this darkness.  I felt for Petra, I’m sure I too would feel so enamoured to find out the truth behind her grandfather’s life.

A wonderful, mysterious love story 5/5* story.  I look forward to more from Laura Madeline.

I’d like to share one of my favourite snippets from the book:

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To find out more about Laura Madeline and her books please visit the following links:

http://lauramadeleine.com/