TIS THE SEASON


The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off is a novella by Jenny Oliver. The synopsis says: "Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris - ready, steady, bake! Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson's cosy English village feels very faraway - as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn't come to Paris to mope she's come to bake. Hard. Because the search for Paris' next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn't about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She's got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker. As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there's definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air. Rachel hasn't come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway..."

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