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 far way - 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....
©2013 Jenny Oliver (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers