The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Written by on August 26, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Book jacket for The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valrous, young woman looks at a castleSophie, a French-born but lived most of her life in the US chef, finds life really isn’t a dream come true. When an ex-boyfriend conspires against her, her whole life is turned upside down.

Sophie needs to get a grip of herself if she’s to avoid a life doomed to fail on all levels. But in the midst of turmoil – she’s thrown a lifeline. Will she take it and grab on or for the ride of her life or panic and run…

I’m not going tell you!

Being a woman chef in a traditionally male world isn’t easy. Especially when you want to reach the top and a coveted Michelin star is what you crave. You need guts, stamina and something special to stand out.

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

But the let-down, unlucky in love, Sophie loses confidence and starts to feel sorry for herself. I found myself willing her to find strength – we’ve all been in that let-down boat – and hoping that despite things going wrong over and over, a little luck would go her way.

I also found myself wishing I could taste some of those delicious dishes that are made during the course of the tale. Samantha cleverly includes several of the recipes at the back of the book. So, we can all have a taste of those French dishes extraordinaire!

A great story line, strong writing, plus a handsome French ‘hero’, and lovely descriptions of France make this debut women’s fiction book a sure winner. Samantha cleverly weaves in her own experiences of life in France having written two best-selling memoires Seven-Letters from Paris and How to Make a French Family.

And I LOVED the ending of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux!

A charming, feel good French romance that transports you out of your every day life and into the heart of France – a delectable read.

Published September 2020, available from Amazon and all good online bookstores.

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