The Chef #1: Dare to Live Your Dream

A simple girl who loves cooking rises to become a star chef who changes the world

Southern France, 1880: “Bon appétit!” Fabienne is happiest when looking after the guests at the Lockkeeper’s Cottage. After all, the place is renowned for serving the best meals on the entire Canal du Midi. Fabienne’s mother might use only the simplest ingredients, but she’s passionate about cooking – and what could be more fun than learning from her? The only thing that’s drawing Fabienne away from home is the thought of her beloved Eric. When her mother suddenly dies, and her father introduces a new woman into their home, the teenager elopes with Eric. When he abandons her shortly after, Fabienne is left to fend for herself. Luckily, she finds a job as a kitchen assistant on a vineyard, where she quickly forges an unusual friendship with Stéphanie, the owners’ charismatic daughter. Fabienne’s future looks rosy – but then fate deals her a cruel blow, and nothing will ever be the same again…

The first book in a brilliant new trilogy by the bestselling author Petra Durst-Benning.