Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Love A La Modé by Stephanie Kate Strohm.
Love A La Modé is a deliciously adorable tale about love and friendship – a sure fire recipe for success! It follows two protagonists’ – Rosie and Henry – journey and progress through a competitive baking competition in Paris, the city of love. The whole book is unbelievably sweet and perfect for any contemporary fan!
I think one of the things that really stood out for me in this book was definitely the amazing friendship group. Henry and Rosie’s friendship group was not only incredibly diverse, but also a really fun, feel-good group who had a very interesting dynamic. Each of the characters were so distinct and different and I loved watching them bond over their one common interest – cooking. Out of all Henry and Rosie’s friends Yumi and Marquis were probably my favourite – they were just too funny!
Of course, Henry and Rosie’s relationship was also awesome. From the adorable moment they met it was clear how much undeniable chemistry the two had and this only increased throughout the book. Henry and Rosie were genuinely so well suited and I was rooting for them to end up together throughout the whole book.
Of course, their romance wasn’t the only thing I was rooting for – there was also the competition. I thought this was a really nice inclusion on Strohm’s part because it just added that extra something to the story and made it stand out from other contemporaries. The cooking aspect was definitely really interesting and truly delightful to read – the descriptions were really vivid and, cook or non-cook, I’m sure it will make your mouth water!
The setting was also absolutely delightful. I’ve always had an obsession with the idea of Paris and long to visit it someday. Love A La Modé offered a little slice of that and I loved every second of it. It was really interesting to read about the characters exploring the city and, of course, the fact that it was set in the city of love only added to the romance…
The ending was also perfect. Strohm wrapped up the whole story in a truly wonderful way and the ending was just adorable. I loved the fact that it tied up any potential loose ends and all of Henry and Rosie’s issues were resolved. Henry and Rosie’s friends were featured in the ending too and it showed how important friendship truly is.
Of course, family also played a really important role in this book. Rosie’s interactions with her family were really lovely and the bond they shared jumped through the page. On the other hand, Henry was from a Korean family and throughout the book he struggled with his mum over his ambitions. His mum really piled on the pressure, and I felt really bad for poor Henry… This was just another obstacle in his way to getting together with Rosie!
The humour in this book was also incredible. Strohm did a really good job with it and I loved the banter between the characters. There were so many inside jokes and funny moments and I definitely found myself giggling at certain scenes!
There’s also just something about the whole mood of Love A La Modé that makes you so happy. It’s the perfect book for a pick me up and an instant mood lifter – I know I’ll definitely be rereading it when I’m in need of a light read to put a smile back on my face!
However, despite all of those wonderful aspects, that’s not to say that I loved absolutely everything about this book.
The main issue I had with this book was probably the slow burn. I’ve never liked this particular romance trope and it really irritated me. That being said, I probably could’ve dealt with it if the characters had been less stupid… There’s miscommunication, and then there’s miscommunication.
I also wasn’t a fan of the love triangle. It really brought out the worst in Henry and I found myself hating the way he treated Rosie at certain points. The whole story already had a lot going on (what with a boarding school, a cooking competition, Paris, the whole romance etc) and I think it could’ve worked better without the love triangle… It just added more unnecessary drama.
Overall, though, I would recommend Love A La Modé for anyone looking for a sweet contemporary with an adorable romance. It has the awesome combination of love, friendship, baking and travelling, and, if that’s not enough to draw you in, I don’t know what is!
I hope you enjoyed this review!