A Love story about good bread, good neighbors, and the fickle winds of the mistral. (Recipes included).
A chaotic week of mishaps and misunderstandings in Avignon, France. In this lighthearted story of family and love, Madame Reynaud reigns at the helm of her neighborhood. Her daughter, Monique, who years ago was maimed by the violent mistral wind, is determined to break free from her mother's tender, yet stifling care. But Madame Reynaud is quite oblivious to her daughter's plan - she is preoccupied with planning Monique's birthday celebration.
When Madame Reynaud is tricked into inviting every one of her elderly friends to come to the house on Sunday for the surprise party, she learns that Monique has a surprise of her own. All Madame Reynaud's problems come crashing down at the annual Fete of the Three Kings, when she finds herself in a compromising situation with the baker, Monsieur Boffard. In the end, the Gypsy Queen from the laundry sets the situation straight, for she sees the future and tells Madame Reynaud what she must do - the solution she really knew all along.
Loved it. It was like being present with the characters, sharing their lives on a daily basis. I highly recommend this book for an enjoyable read.