‘Final call for passenger Edith Lane travelling to Paris on flight E1754 please proceed to gate 9 immediately, as the gate is now closing, thank you.’
The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris is a book written by Irish writer Evie Gaughan.
Published last year, it is a book I have been looking forward to reading.
A little escapism to a world where good things happen, I felt now was a good time to sit down, have a coffee and a croissant and let myself relax into a world of mysticism & joie de vivre.
Please join me…….
‘A charming bakery in a picturesque French town sounds like the idyllic place to escape her life, but Edith Lane soon discovers that some ghosts are harder to escape than others.
A magical, heart-warming story that is sure to appeal to all of the senses,
The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a mouth-watering journey of love, liberty and la vie en rose.’
Edith Lane makes a decision that will change the course of her life.
One day, sitting at the local bus stop, whilst offering a mint to a little girl ‘with all the vintage charm of a fifties housewife,’ Edith decides to pack her bags and start a new life for herself.
Grieving for her mother who passed away the previous year, Edith makes the very brave decision to leave her father and all that is familiar to her, to take up a position managing a small bakery in Paris.
On arrival in Paris, Edith soon realises that she may have been a little impetuous in her move as all is not as she had imagined.
Edith finds herself working for the very elusive and stern Madame Moreau.
M.Moreau is the owner of ‘La Boulangerie et Patisserie de Compiegne’, selling all the produce expected of a French bakery. Edith is in awe of the breads, the pastries and the beautiful smells of the shop.
Part of her job package includes accommodation within the premises and Edith begins to question where all the produce comes from. Under strict instruction from M Moreau to remain out of the kitchen, Edith begins to suspect all is not as it seems.
It’s not long before Edith finds friends within the community and starts to adapt to the French ways. As her confidence increases she starts to question herself and how she has unwittingly stopped herself from living the life she was given.
She discovers that she has a very tenacious personality as she finds herself embroiled in a story that she least expected. As the history of M. Moreau and the town of Campiegne is slowly unveiled to Edith, she is both shocked and intrigued with what she discovers.
Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’, Chocolat, Evie Gaughan has written a novella about the magic & mystery of a small French town on the outskirts of Paris. We travel on a journey with Edith as she discovers herself and learns to deal with her grief.
Evie Gaughan has written a very compact book that provides just the right amount of sweetness and romance.
It’s the perfect escapism for a rainy afternoon and as Evie herself says ‘I was really able to indulge my love of magical realism in this story. Finding magic in the everyday is a very strong theme for me and one which I always return to.’
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I was also lucky to have Evie as a guest on my blog recently in an excellent post on Dual Timelines, entitled ‘Bending The Rules’. You will find this post here :
Meet Evie Gaughan:
‘Living on the West Coast of Ireland, which is not renowned for its sunny climate, I escape from the inclement weather into my converted attic, to write stories and dream about underfloor heating.
Growing up in a walled medieval city, I developed a love of storytelling and all things historical. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, my stories are full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell.
Being an Irish writer also has a huge influence on my writing. It’s such a privilege to be a writer and to be able to tell these stories in my own, unique voice.
When I’m not writing, I like to tell stories on the canvas with my artwork. Painting is such a complimentary art-form to writing and I really can’t imagine one without the other.’
You can find out lots more about Evie over at her blog :