Six years ago I fell in love with Samantha Vérant when I read her memoir, SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS. Now, she’s married to her sexy rocket scientist and living in France and cooking. THE SECRET RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX is Vérant’s fiction debut.
What a great cover! Covers can speak volumes when it comes to enticing readers to open a book. This one calls to me. I think it will also call to you. So, who is Sophie Valroux? She’s a young French chef working in a high-powered NYC restaurant when she is blindsided and ruined by false accusations from another chef . She’s devastated. But off she goes to France when she hears her grandmother has suffered a stroke. She arrives in the village of Champvert where she spent her childhood in the southwest region of France to discover the place has changed: grown into quite an establishment with several starred restaurants. Her grandmother needs her help and she reluctantly dives in. There’s nothing like hopping right back on the bike. Or in this case hopping into the kitchen.
Toss in Sophie’s old lover who shows up only to keep her at bay. He’s a real hottie and we can feel the sexual tension begin to rise. But we don’t know what caused their riff. Once they were so very close.
What a great novel to kick back and relax with at the end of the summer. You’ll enjoy the sweet story and the sense of place is stunning. After all, the author lives there….
Just a warning; you are going to love all the recipes in the book. And if you haven’t already read Samantha’s memoir, well, you will have to read it. It’s one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.
I read THE SECRET RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX digitally through Edelweiss. And I thank them profusely. What a treat. The book is available now and is published in a trade paperback edition which is a great price value. We have copies at Copperfish Books, but they are limited so hurry. You need to add this sweet novel to your TBR pile.