Sophie Valroux's Paris Stars

 

 To be Published October, 19th 2021 (Berkley)

 

In this delectable novel, a chef on the rise fuels her passion for cooking while enduring the hardest challenges she’s ever faced after a debilitating injury.


Everybody wants a piece of grand chef Sophie Valroux. With her once-destroyed reputation fully recovered and then some, Sophie is making her mark in the culinary world. She’s running the restaurants of Château de Champvert, the beautiful estate that she inherited from her grandmother. She and her fiancé, Rémi, are closer than ever, and she’s even bonding with his daughter Lola. Everything should be perfect.

Yet, Sophie still feels something in her heart is missing.

When she’s invited to cook at an exclusive event her culinary idol is attending, she thinks this could be the thing to catapult her to greater heights, maybe even bring her one step closer to her one and only dream of achieving the stars—Michelin stars.

But fate has other plans for Sophie. After she accepts to cook for the Parisian elite, her world crumbles. She suffers a fall and loses her senses of smell and taste. Certain that her career will vanish if people find out, she keeps this secret to herself, not even telling Rémi. She fakes it all: the menus for every meal, the taste of fresh figs, the juicy cherries in the orchard. All she has to do is get through life—and the event—tasteless without missing a single step. Fake it ‘til you make it…right?

 

Advance Praise

“Vérant cooks up another winner in the Valroux series (after The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux). … Vérant’s loving and luscious descriptions of delightful dishes will whet readers’ appetites, and her heroine’s spirit and pluck feel alive on the page. This can easily be read as a delightful standalone.”—Publishers Weekly

 “Pitting old dreams against new experiences, this rich and vibrant novel, packed with lush descriptions of countryside life, mixed with Parisian glamour, and sprinkled with intrigue, will appeal to foodies, Francophiles, and fans of Mary Simses' The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café.”―Booklist

“Once again, Vérant lavishes us with the continuation of the intriguing story of Chef Sophie. This book is a sheer delight—full of twists and turns, family and food, love and romance, and of course, plenty of la vie en France.”—Janice MacLeod, New York Times best selling author of Paris Letters

"With a colorful medley of characters and ingredients, Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars is a culinary delight. One can’t help but root for this ambitious young chef as she overcomes unimaginable obstacles to reach for her dreams. With heart and charm, author Samantha Vérant delivers once again!"—Nicole Meier, author of The Second Chance Supper Club

"Chef Sophie is at it again with her passion for food that will make you wish you could hop the next flight for France and her desire to have it all. But in true Vérant fashion, Sophie must first run the gamut of what she thinks she wants and what she really wants. Vérant pulls off Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars with all the grace and style we have come to expect from this talented author."—Barbara ConreyUSA Today Bestselling Author of Nowhere Near Goodbye
 

"Vérant is a masterful storyteller with a special knack for weaving mouthwatering menus into her storyline—and bonus: she generously shares her recipes in the back of the book."—Lori Nelson Spielman, bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

“Smart, delightful, and—dare I say?—downright delicious, Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars has all the right ingredients. Samantha Vérant has captured the very best of France, and women’s fiction, in her compulsively readable novel. Highly recommended.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around 

“A ‘deuxième plat’ of Sophie? Délicieux!”—KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters

 

PRE-ORDER PARIS STARS HERE! (Very much appreciated!)

(the above link will take you to the Penguin Random House page and lists major retailers. You can also ask your independent bookseller to order one (or ten) for you!

ADD PARIS STARS TO YOUR GOODREADS!

Best wishes and bisous,

Sam

 

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