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The Little Paris Patisserie

(Romantic Escapes #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,827 ratings  ·  371 reviews
In a cosy corner of Paris, a delicious little patisserie is just waiting to be discovered. And romance might just be on the menu…

As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she’s given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can’t say au revoir quick enough!

There’s just one problem: high-fl
Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by HarperImpulse
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Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
The youngest of four siblings, Nina is more than a little fed up with her brothers looking out for her and telling her what to do. When given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course for 7 weeks, Nina is off like a shot. The only problem is it means dealing with high flying chef Sebastian Finley. Not only is Sebastian, her brother Nick’s best friend, he is the one Nina has had a crush on since she was a teenager. Until she made a fool of herself. Since
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had read and mildly enjoyed Caplin's first two little romances in this City Bakes series, so I pre-ordered this one. Caplin's stories are part cooking/baking adventure, part travelogue and part romance. In the first story the author took us to Copenhagen, in the second to Brooklyn, and now here we are in Paris.

Ah, Paris! The City of Love and Light! But sadly underused here. This story has the trademark baking that can make your mouth water if you're hungry, but it has only a smattering of sigh
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "I think I'm going to like you a lot..." Stars!

We journey to Paris for the third book in Julie Caplin’s hugely enjoyable Romantic Escapes series. We step away from the characters in the previous two books who were loosely linked as well, and are introduced to Nina Hadley, youngest sibling in a large family, it’s time for her to spread her wings and make a few decisions about what she wants to do with her life.

"You have to be a sorcerer with sugar, a wizard with chocolate and a magician with
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Little Paris Patisserie is another gem in this series, and one I am incredibly excited to be able to shout about!

My only regret with regards to reading this book is that I couldn't quite find enough time to sit and read it in one sitting, as it was just so, so so good!! Everytime I put it down the characters stayed in my head for hours, and I just loved Nina and Sebastian and all those on the patisserie course.

Ok there was a second regret that I wasn't reading this in a patisseries myself,
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this book , as I had enjoyed the previous two installments in the series but I was disappointed. It also took me unusually long to finish it. The best part of the book was the friendship part - a motley crew Nina finds in Paris who ultimately form a family of sorts, united by the common goal.

But. This is supposed to be a romance book - and yes, there is romance in it, except it is hard to enjoy it when both the heroine and the hero are not all that likeable. (view spoil
Still an enjoyable read but to me this one didn't have the same spark as the first two in the series (I did like the patisserie and cooking side from the start though). Another good point was following the youngest sister who feels her brothers protect her all the time. I think it took too long for Nina and Sebastian to be in the story romantically or even together in detail together. Once that happened the story got much better for me from that part. I liked Alex and am looking forward to readi ...more
Literary Redhead
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Utterly charming romance set in my fave city, Paris, and in a bakery no less! Perfect beach read!

Pub date 06 Sep 2018.

Thanks to the author, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. TheLittleParisPatisserie #NetGalley
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I should have known better than to preorder a book and read it as soon as it came out. This book was clearly rushed and did not spend anywhere near enough time in editing. It was replete with continuity errors and bizarre roundabout discussions that were excruciating to read and confusing as hell.

This author excels in writing friendships among diverse groups of people, and that skill was this story’s only saving grace. The family that the heroine creates for herself out of friends was warm and
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet book, easy reading, a bit predictable but who cares?? 3.5 rating...thanks, julie xx
Joanna Donaldson
Absolutely loving this series and this one was no exception. The combination of lovely characters, the beautiful setting in Paris and delicious patisseries made for a wonderful read. Another European city added to my want to visit list.
Nicola Clough
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed Julie's other books in this series so was looking forward to this and certainly didn't disappoint me at all. She writes them so well that you really think you are there with them and in the country it's based in. It's heartwarming and romantic and fighting for what you want also about families and friendship and plenty about amazing cakes that I would just love to try. It's about fitting the last piece of the jigsaw to complete your life.
This is based around a little patis
Lisa Whittaker
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third book in the romantic escape series and it didn’t disappoint.

Julie has a lovely way of bringing a group of strangers together who become firm friends. I think this aspect of her books is what I like the best. I loved all the characters, although it took longer for me to warm to Sebastián, but eventually I did.

Through the wonderfully descriptive writing, you can close your eyes and imagine the wonderful patisseries and, if you’ve not been to Paris like me, the beautiful city of Paris.

Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet (no pun intended) book! I haven't read the first two books in this series, but I'll definitely pick them up now. If you love a good chick-lit story, Paris, and/or pastries, this will be a fun read for sure.

There were some aspects to the book that kept me puzzling (ex: how do people become best friends that fast and decide to completely renovate a building without anyone finding out?), but I was reading for escapism and got it, so I'm not mad about it. Pairs well with GBBO and a
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I finished off reading this beautiful and exciting book in 5 days. It was gifted to me as a part of book exchange therapy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

It will take you to the world of stunning locales in Paris and their evergreen variety of food decorated like a new bride in sophisticated restaurants.

What I loved:

#1 I loved Julie's writing style. I would say she writes so flawlessly, and you can easily blend with the characters as she takes you to their world word by word.

#2 Nina (
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: February 23rd 2022

“Everyone probably thought she was a call girl, which was almost correct as for the next few weeks she was going to be Sebastian's beck-and-call girl.”

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Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it

I love a "girl has crush on older brother's friend" story but this one sucked. It's bad when both characters are unlikeable.

This guy is awful. I know he's in pain and is trying to keep her at a distance but seeeesh. He is an A.D.U.L.T. There is no excuse for him expecting the world to revolve around his royal pain in the ass highness and him treating other people like absolute dirt. People who are ungrateful and do not seem to care much for people are an immediate turn off.

And Nina. She do
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was an absolute delight! I'm so happy that I read it. Set in the heart of Paris, Nina Hadley is a baker at heart. When her childhood friend and crush, Sebastian Finlay, calls her brother needing help with a patisserie because he broke his leg, Nina is the last person he wants. Sebastian doesn't even want to teach the course but he's been saddled with it in exchange for two other properties. With his broken leg, he
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this tale. Nina takes the chance to escape her loving but overbearing family to be assistant to top chef Sebastian in Paris. They have a history but do they have a future? Fantastic descriptive writing, especially of yummy cakes! A distinct beginning, middle and end to the tale which overall is fun and light heated. Can’t wait for the next instalment!
Lydia Bailey
Oct 24, 2022 rated it liked it
Not my usual genre but I did enjoy this escapist jaunt through the patisseries of Paris with a group of really lovely characters. I couldn’t help feeling though that it would have been a better read if a few chapters shorter as the story became repetitive in places. I also found Sebastian rather hard to like (a sore foot does not excuse everything!!) which made the romantic side fall a bit flat for me. However, the renovation of the old patisserie was lovely. How wonderful to stumble across a lo ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My very first Julie Caplin’s book and I am in love with it! What's not to love: the most beautiful city in the world, French pastries and a group of wonderful people. Well, throw a grumpy and one-legged boss into a mix and you have a fantastic story.

Ok, let's start at the beginning. Young Nina has a big crush on her brother's best friend (who is basically a family at that point). One night, in a splurge of a moment she kisses him, but unfortunately, that part does not go as well as young Nina im
Lynn McCrum
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book and everything about it. Yes it was a little predictable but show me a romance that isn’t. What it did have was lots of charm and oodles of cake!!! I adored all of the characters, even grouchy Sebastian once he had mellowed a bit. I also loved all of the Paris references and it definitely made me want to visit and sample the atmosphere soon which will please my daughter who thinks she should have been born a Parisian.

Anyway I digress! The book - what do you want to
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet book, it was engaging and you kinda had an idea how it would end - fortunately, Julie Caplin isn't a monster and didn't sucker punch us with a nasty twist.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it was a soft gentle story - definitely made me want to pack up my life and move to Paris, find a little struggling patisserie and bake! And this had nothing to do with Sebastion and everything to do with the baking and the being in Paris!

I was first alerted to this story by a fellow GoodReader, Ju
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
The "Hero" is a Jerk!

I don't know what it is lately with romance novels, but too many of them have leading men who are nasty. This isn't about "alpha males", this is about characters who are supposedly misunderstood but, deep down, are good guys.
Except they aren't. They start out as jerks and end up as jerks.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I like the other characters very much. But Sebastian ruined it for me. He's cruel throughout the entire book. He berates and belittles her,
Jo Crosby
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A lovely holiday read for my summer reading fest! I really enjoyed this little gem of a story, but didnt realise it was a series so works very well as a stand alone too!

This book combines two of my favourite things - food and Paris and I think the author did both justice! The descriptive words used for the cake creations had my mouth watering and the imagery sued to describe the streets of Paris had me reminiscing!

A thoroughly lovely read - I will certainly be looking up the other books in this
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This one took a bit, but then I was hooked. The various description of pastries required me to pick some up last weekend FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY. I loved this story for all things Paris and the group of students/friends that Nina made along the way. But the pastries, the pastries... own me. This has been a fun series so far and I went ahead and pre-ordered the next one.
I don't know what this says about this book, but the romance aspect was the one I was the least interested about. I didn't care that much about the main couple, but the secondary characters were pretty great! I would've loved to know more about their stories and get to see what the group got up to in the future. ...more
Desirée Boom
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
Such a sweet story (in more ways than one ;-) )! This edition I have has quite a few grammatical and spelling mistakes, which always interrupt my reading flow (please let it be corrected in newer editions!) but even that couldn't stop me from giving it 5 stars. ...more
Emily Pankhurst
Jul 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The writing was engaging and I found it hard to put down. It took me less time to read it than I thought it would, which I think is the mark of a gripping book!

The chapters were long, but you didn't feel the length as you were too engrossed in what was going on. The story had a good pace to it.

The characters were great. I loved Nina and her insecurities. It was lovely to see her gain confidence and discover what she was made to do. I also loved the friendship between all the people on the cooke
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
eceived a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review.

4 1/2 stars

This is my 2nd Julie Caplin book and I really quite enjoyed this story, I was just recently in France and enjoyed exploring the different Patisseries so this book was delightful trip down memory lane. We start of with Nina needing to leave her overwhelming family and she gets the opportunity to do this by going to France, where her brother's best friend has hurt himself and needs help. I have to say I didn't really like Se
Yasmin Halliwell Fraser Bower
This novel is kind of like Pride and Prejudice because the main male character is seems grumpy and to dislike the main female character. They are at each other's necks, cannot stand each other, while in reality they have been in love for ten years. Now the reunite for work in Paris, so this novel is about love and second chances and about patisserie and yummy food. It made me want to return to Paris and taste everything again and go the specific places they mentioned.
Alex was such a great chara
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Julie Caplin is addicted to travel and good food. She’s on a constant hunt for the perfect gin and is obsessively picky about glasses, tonic and garnishes. Between regular gin tastings, she’s been writing her debut novel which is set in just one of the many cities she’s explored over the years.

Formerly a PR director, for many years she swanned around Europe taking top food and drink writers on pre

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