REVIEW: Come Date Me in Paris by Helena Fairfax
Come Date Me in Paris includes some delicious French recipes for you to try out, a delicious French hero (c’est vrai!) and a poodle who steals the entire show.
Come Date Me in Paris is the most popular blind date show in France. Alice’s editor wants her to go on the show and write about it for their magazine, and so Alice agrees. After all, it’s not likely she’ll pass the screen test. But then a letter arrives telling Alice she’s won a place, and she’s thrown into a panic. The show involves cooking for your date – and in the country of haute cuisine, Alice can’t even boil an egg.
Forced to throw herself on the mercy of her chef neighbour, Edmond, Alice asks him for lessons. But will she be cooking up a romance…or cooking up disaster?
Dear Ms. Fairfax,
Recipes plus a poodle and I’m in. I mean what could be better than an female, apricot poodle complete with a rhinestone collar who knows how to strut her stuff? She is French after all.
The premise is an interesting take on the reality dating shows but since it’s in Paris, cooking will be involved as part of the date. Alice and Edmond had a nodding acquaintance and it’s only her nervousness at asking this French chef to teach her how to cook a simple meal that keeps her from noticing that he’s noticing her and seeming very interested. Sweetie is darling too and steals the show – literally. I think the ending, which takes Alice and Edmond to the start of dating, works due to the time they spend together as friends first and since Sweetie approves of Alice, all things are go. Tres charming. B