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An Enlightening Quiche

4.7  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Two headstrong women in their forties coming from different moral directions clash:

AUGUSTA BERGERON: Dysfunctional. Deceptive. Demure. More than meets the eye at face value, and stuck in a holding pattern, the town siren engages in reckless behavior she attributes to maternal abandonment until she eggs-humes her mother’s quiche recipe.

LINDSAY METCALFE: Pedigreed. Privileg
Paperback, 562 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Infinity Publishing (PA) (first published August 2016)
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Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, chick-lit
This book was such a cleverly written story that kept me smiling and shaking my head at the situations that Augusta Bergeron found herself in, the thoughts she was entertaining and the truths that were being discovered. Lindsay Metcalf was the other baker and these two had issues greater than their recipes. The rivalry was intense between these two women and only through a challenge such as a quiche-off could they settle their differences.

The words chosen by Ms. Pasco made for a delightful and c
J.B. Richards
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Enlightening Quiche is One Novel You'll Wish You Could Live In!

No … Despite that yummy photo of a luscious quiche on its cover, this book is not a cookbook! But the small French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins, Rhode Island is certainly brewing up a recipe for disaster in Eva Pasco’s alluring novel, “An Enlightening Quiche”!

With such an unassuming title, one goes into “An Enlightening Quiche” thinking it might relate a simple story—one of no consequence to a single soul except those who liv
Susan Csoke
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pleasant stories revolving around Lindsay and Augusta and their love for quiche. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book.
Sojourner McConnell
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A wonderful mixture of friendship, secrets, and a bitter rivalry. It is an excellent book that will whet your appetite for more from Eva Pasco.
Aliya DalRae
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
I know what classic literature is. I can’t say I read a lot of it, but that’s not for lack of understanding. I simply get distracted by the Janet Evanovichs and J.R. Wards of the world. Not to say the authors I read don’t write incredible books – I LOVE them. And if I have a choice between “War & Peace” and the latest Black Dagger Brotherhood book...I think you get the picture.

When I picked up “An Enlightening Quiche,” I knew right away I was in for a challenge. There were no vampires. Not a
Jennifer S. Alderson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
I won an eBook copy of An Enlightening Quiche in a giveaway I’d entered because the story sounded intriguing. Contemporary women’s fiction is not a genre I usually read, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Honestly, it took me a chapter or so to get into the rhythm of the prose simply because I’m not used to reading such detailed descriptions of both the inner thoughts and external actions of the characters. I’m sure glad I stuck with it! Once I did understand the flow, the story sucked me ...more
Roy Murry
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Augusta and Lindsay come from two different worlds. Augusta born and bred in Beauchemin, a small Rhode Island town, and Lindsay, a historian, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, cross paths because of Beauchemin's French Canadian historical past.

They tell their stories in alternating chapters in somewhat of a soliloquy style with discourses and bantering monologs about past lovers, friends, family, and the people of Beauchemin's. Augusta is an administrator in the town's main factory. Lindsay
Alan Vandervoort
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most writers put words together in an attempt to create an understandable story. Few writers are considered artists who bombard the pages with vivid colors of vocabulary. Eva Pasco is an artist. Her book, “An Enlightening Quiche,” is a gallery in a novel. The author emptied the dictionary with the words magically falling into a rich, intricate, perfect prose. The reader must stay sharp to catch all the metaphors and watch the turn of a phrase at the turn of every page. The abundance of pop cultu ...more
Eva Pasco
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco is, to shamelessly promote a theme, superbly rich and delicious. One cannot know if such writing comes naturally to the author, or if she suffers from the agony of meticulousness required to produce such an exquisite work. The end result hearkens to the classics for its resemblance to such deeply thoughtful plotting, characterization, and the gorgeous prose used in its e
A Story You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into.

Just the right proportions of history, secrets, adultery, passion, and rivalry are mixed together to form the wonderful sensation that is 'An Enlightening Quiche'. Rich in detail and sassy narration, Eva Pasco paints a portrait of small-town life that rings true for anyone who has lived in such a place. On the surface, everything is clean and just-right, but underneath there is a surging, heaving mass of emotion, ambition and self-interest that immerse
Carole P. Roman
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Cosmopolitan! Pedigreed! Privileged!" cries Augusta as her rival arrives. "Vamp! Temptress! Femme Fatale!" Observes Lindsay. Little does small town native Augusta know, she's been judged and condemned by a writer from Boston named Lindsay. Lines are drawn and the competition is on.
Wickedly sharp, bitingly sarcastic, Eva Pasco creates an unforgettable novel about life in a small town. Charming Beauchemins, Rhode Island is stuck in a time warp. The same families have lived there for years. Secret
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unwavering Friendship what was lost has been found. The bond between two long time friends, can it stand the test of time? Secrets, infidelity, laughter, Love, family coming together in the tough of times and in the best of times. You forget this small, close-knit Community is a Fictional Town of Beauchemins, RI, as it draws you into the lives of Augusta, Estelle and Lindsay during this amazing journey of friendship. Eva Pasco has done an amazing job intertwining the reader and characters in the ...more
S.K. Wee
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felt like I was there

Very descriptive narrative. I felt like I could walk down the streets and actually have a conversation with some of the characters. This was an insightful look at relationships and friendships. How we see ourselves as opposed to how others see us and with a backdrop of familiar cuisine. Made me hungry for quiche but without the onion.
Joni Dee
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hooked from the First Forkful to the Last Crumb
(I've received this book in return to an honest review from

Sholem Aleichem is a Jewish author who lived in the 19th century. While he wrote mainly in Yiddish, the dying Central-Eastern-European Jewish language (nowadays spoken only by orthodox communities), you can still find some of his work translated to English and Hebrew. His novels, as well as short stories, were a mirror of the Jewish so
Ame Terra
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Olly Olly oxen free! Those exact words are in this book. No lie. Review over.

Tabarnak! Tabarnak! Tabarnak! This word is also in this book...often. I cannot wait to see if the “Machine of Freedom Less Speech” aka Amazon picks it up and rejects this review because of my faux pas.

An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco is home sweet home. Every chapter opening my vaulted memory bank, some robbed and some placed there intentionally for safe keeping.

The Venus de Milo, Providence Place Mall, Providence J
Miranda Brock
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
I hope you're hungry because An Enlightening Quiche is a book you will want to sink your teeth into! Eva Pasco has done a magnificent job with this novel. Her descriptions are so rich and detailed I found myself falling right through the pages and into the French-Canadian town of Beauchemins, surrounded by the amazing history, places, and people. The story centers around Augusta, long-time native of this historic mill town, and the outsider, Lindsay.

I really loved the characters. Flawed and beli
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Tapestry of Culture, History, and Blue Ribbon Quiche

A review of Eva Pasco's new novel, AN ENLIGHTENING QUICHE

For a deep, warm read, settle in with a cup of cafetière a piston and a creamy slice of hot quiche, and retreat to the inner sanctum of Eva Pasco’s Proustian search for the meaning of family in the Rhode Island mill town of Beauchemins.

Weaving together synchronicity and history, karma and chance, Pasco reveals the breathtaking story of two women living in a tightly knit French Canad
R.M. Gauthier
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
An Enlightening Quiche by Eva PascoWhat an incredible story from start to finish. The way Pasco weaves the story around a winning heirloom quiche recipe is nothing short of spectacular. I loved everything about this novel from the characters, to the world, she made everything believable. There is not one moment in this story where I questioned what was happening or who these characters were. Well done, Eva Pasco.

The story follows the lives of two women in their forties who have been rivals since their youth. A third women's outs
Cyrene Olson
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a hard book for me to really get into and enjoy. Although the book is really well written with engaging characters and storyline, the word play, the puns, and the descriptions were very distracting for me and disrupted the flow of the story. The Canadian-French connection in the book is a bit lost on me – so that is a connection I never made. This is also written in the first person narrative and switches between the main characters – which worked fine, but within those narratives, it a ...more
Rose English
Book 40 of my Reading Challenge

Sorry but this has not been rated purely because I read halfway and gave up. It really was not what I expected. Maybe I will re-visit at a later date?
Toni Kief
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has a masterful command of language, I often was so involved with the craft of a sentence that I would lose my place. Interesting story of small town, dysfunction and failing friendships which all comes together with a beautiful recipe.
Cindy Smith
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written in the classic style, this story reminds me of Dickens. I am enjoying each tidbit as she develops the characters.. I feel like I am a visitor to the town rubbing elbows! The story unfolds with a walk down main street Beauchemins and a description of all the shops and their proprietors.

Lindsay Metcalf is invited to the town in the hopes she will be able to write an article that will make certain the local mill will forever be spared a date with a wrecking ball. She is just coming to term
Kester Nucum
I was given a signed copy of this book in exchange for a review.

I personally couldn't get into this book because I realized that literary fiction is not a genre that really clicks with me, especially since I am a teen. Although I had to DNF in the first 100 pages, I do hope that someone else may try out this book and enjoy it.
Cathy McGough
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sheer delight from start to finish! More please Eva!
Julia Blake
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Purchased solely for the quirky cover and title, I had no idea what to expect from this book and went into it blind. For the first chapter or so, I was unsure if I would be able to continue. I'm British, and as such, found the very "small town America" quality of the writing a little hard to grasp, but I persevered because I was genuinely interested in the characters.

The tale the author tells is of small things, petty rivalries, jealousies and love affairs, in a somewhat insular, backwater town
Danielle Urban
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco is a contemporary fiction novel set for women everywhere. The drama of the two ladies inside is enough to keep readers, like myself, interested. A rivalry between bakers is fun to follow. The plot quickly escalates. It grew more intense with every page. There was a lot of depth added to this tale. This made it rich and more realistic. I found it quirky yet emotionally engaging to read. Each woman has something to add and take from this story. I love anything t ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book took me a little time to get pulled into the story. I think it was because of the unique writing style. Instead of the recent adaptation of least amount of words to convey a thought – this author expands and enriches each sentence with adorning words to decorate the thought. However, once I just let my mind go and enjoy the wording and phrases I was pulled in and pleased with the story.

The consistent presence of Quiche runs throughout the book and I believe accentuates the story parts.
Pamela Allegretto
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It only takes a few paragraphs to fall into the rhythm of Eva Pasco’s clever, well-crafted writing style, then the reader is off and running on a wild romp with well-fleshed out, quirky characters in the small French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins, Rhode Island. Both thumbs up!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Took me a few chapters to get into but once I did I loved it. At times it felt like a lot of detail but then I got caught up again and enjoyed the twists and turns of the characters lives. A great read.
Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had heard a lot of good things about this book and was prepared to enjoy it but really, I have to say - it’s one of the best novels that I have read in the last few years! Exquisitely written and clever; Eva Pasco is a talented wordsmith, her pages are filled with wit, puns and smart wordplay and that’s without even mentioning the story itself. The setting is Beauchemins, a town steeped in history and rich with wonderful characters. The narrative is amusing and poignant in tone and the story i ...more
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