Book Review

SOPHIE VALROUX’S PARIS STARS by Samantha Vérant (Out Today!)

I received a gifted galley of SOPHIE VALROUX’S PARIS STARS by Samantha Vérant for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 10/19/2021

Rating: 3.5 / 5

SOPHIE VALROUX’S PARIS STARS follows the title character, a chef who has taken over the restaurants of Château de Champvert after the death of her grandmother. She’s a talented chef who is working to make a comeback from mistakes in her past. She has a solid relationship with a man she loves and friends by her side, but she dreams of nothing more than earning Michelin stars for her restaurant.

After an accident Sophie experiences the sudden loss of her senses of taste and smell, a debilitating condition for a chef. She is too scared of losing opportunities to advance her career to admit her condition to anyone and she works hard to make a name for herself while keeping her shortcomings under wraps.

I went into this book not knowing this was a sequel – it isn’t labeled as such on Goodreads and the synopsis doesn’t mention it. Starting the novel did feel a bit like I was missing some backstory, so a quick search under the author’s name revealed that there was a prior novel, THE SECRET FRENCH RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX. While this book does fully work as a standalone, I do think I would have been more invested in some of the side characters had I had the background of the previous novels.

Where this book really shines is in the descriptions of the food and the restaurant business in general. The author is a French chef and that really comes through in the story. She speaks about how much the Michelin star system is very much a boys’ club with only 1% of the chefs being women which was interesting to learn as well!

I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Sophie’s world as a chef and the background setting in France was amazing! SOPHIE VALROUX’S PARIS STARS is out today!

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