The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is celebrating its one-month anniversary and to celebrate, I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal starting on Bastille Day. For the entire week of July 14th, you can download your copy for $0.99! And if you like that, you’ll love the fact that my début novel, The Cross Of Santiago, will also be available for the discounted price of $2.99.
Want to find out what other people are saying about my books? Here are the latest reviews:
The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris – Buy on Amazon
Reviewed by Lavender
Edith is looking for change in her life. She applies for a job in a bakery in France to escape grief an suffering at home. She can see herself working in the busy and wonderful centre of Paris. When she arrives in the city of love she discovers that the bakery is in Compiègne instead. She decides to give it a try though and soon she makes friends in the small town. The bakery isn’t just a bakery, it has a history. Slowly the heartbroken and shy Edith starts to discover other sides of her personality. Will she be able to find herself in France?The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a must read for anyone who loves France. Evie Gaughan has captured that atmosphere very well. I could almost taste the delicious croissants and the fresh and crisp pain au levain. Edith is shy and withdrawn at first, but being in France changes that. Of course there’s a wonderful Frenchman who livens up the story. While reading this book I had to suppress the urge to visit Compiègne immediately. I could clearly see the beautiful and charming French cobblestone streets with the timber houses, they were brought to life so perfectly. The spark of magical realism gives this novel some extra charm. The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is such a sweet and wonderful story, I liked it a lot!
This book has two settings and I loved both. The first is contemporary Galway – a small, vibrant city in the West of Ireland; a city that is full of fun and art, one I always love to visit. I feel the book really captured the tone of modern Galway really well. The second setting is the failed voyage of The Spanish Armanda fleet in 1588. This setting has won this book a place in my heart forever.
If you know nothing about the Spanish Armada and how so many of the ships were shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland and Scotland; then worry not, this book will fill you in. I had forgotten so much of this part of history that it was fantastic to revisit it and I ended up having great discussions about the battle and their mission with my husband who is a history fiend.
I kept imagining this part of the book as a film. The vision of the ships taking 2 days just to leave the port of Lisbon due to sheer numbers is such a spectacular image. I love books that engage your brain and make you want to research more which is exactly what this book did to me.
However this book is not just a book about history (as amazing as the historical setting was); it is also full of intriguing characters. The main characters are Amanda and Xavier. And I have to say both of them have made some very dubious decisions in their lives and I find it hard to say which of their wrong turns I despise more. Despite that I can see how lost both of them are and how both are willing to grow and learn with a little guidance and inspiration from the past.
Their ancestors from the sixteenth century are a different matter. A knight and a peasant girl; their morals and sacrifices shine through the centuries. Annora and Miguel seem to encompass everything that Amanda and Xavier should be but they also hint at the potential that they will blossom into.
Overall, this book has a little bit of everything; an epic romance, adventure, great locations, well researched historical fiction and some dream interpretation. The mixture of the two stories leads to a snappy, well paced story that kept me excited and invested in the plot. And when I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book and talking about book; always a good sign!
Who should read The Cross of Santiago?
I’d strongly recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction, especially those who love romantic historical fiction. Also to anyone interested in Irish history or contemporary Ireland; you will find lots of facts here but they are wrapped up neatly in a well told story so it never becomes over-whelming.