When Abby discovers her fiancé is having an affair with her sister, she flees to rural France where she throws herself into a gourmet-cooking course with renowned chef, Antoine-de-Berniere, in an effort to re-invent herself as somebody interesting.
Building her self-esteem among people she’s never met, Abby is drawn to Miles Cornish, a BBC documentary maker filming the reclusive Antoine for a show back in England. She’s soon pouring her heart out to him between pastry sessions, but the past is proving difficult to shake off. Her fiancé, Patrick, flies out for a showdown closely followed by her sister, Violet, begging forgiveness. Abby’s parents turn up, keen to get in on the act and her best friend shows up for a holiday with her baby twins. Unaware that Miles is filming everything Abby is shocked on her return to England to discover that she, not Antoine, is the star of his documentary. Unexpected offers of work start flooding in and on the surface life becomes an exciting whirlwind, but Abby feels betrayed. Miles is nowhere to be found, Antoine is furious, she doesn’t know who her friends are anymore and Patrick is more interested in a photo-shoot with Hello! magazine than in rebuilding their relationship.
Looking for a reaction Abby reveals a secret about Antoine, which spectacularly backfires leaving her back where she started – heartbroken and alone. (he's an alien?)
Can she pull herself back and start again, or is being 'interesting' more trouble than it’s worth?
I love the premise here; I'm probably going to love the pastry, but this hook isn't vivid and bouncy enough for the kind of voice I'd be looking for. Part of it is you've got too many people in the soup.