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Monday, October 5, 2009

Piece de Resistance...Review

About the book:
Having earned her chef’s hat, Lexi Stuart bids au revoir to her glamorous and deliciously satisfying pastry mentorship outside of Paris and returns to her hometown of Seattle, Washington. There, she finds life unexpectedly complicated.

She’s put in charge of a high-end catering bakery called
Bijoux, which should be her dream job, but there’s a catch: She has to make this lavish bakery into a successful business in just a few, short months, which will require more than her ability to make an amazing wedding cake. In over her head and at a loss for creative marketing ideas, Lexi isn’t sure what the recipe for success needs to be.

Stir in a complicated relationship with her French
beau Philippe and his daughter, Celine, then add a dash of romance with down-to-earth lawyer Dan, and life suddenly contains more ooh la la than Lexi can handle.

With the fate of her career and her love life hanging by a thread, the phrase “piece of cake” has never been more daunting. Lexi learns that she must trust the dreams in her heart and the God who put them there.

The third in the French Twist series. I enjoyed the first one, Let Them Eat Cake, but found it very light. I haven't found a copy of the second one, Bon Appetit to read yet.

This one was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. While I think that reading all of them in order is probably a good idea, my not reading the second one didn't detract too much from the story. Having the back history of Lexi's experience in Paris would have been helpful, but the story moved along well without it.

Lexi Stuart has returned from her apprenticeship in Paris and is managing Bijoux, a high-end catering bakery in Seattle owned by the Delacroix family. Lexi is given a few short months to make the bakery a successful business. As she learns the ins and outs of managing a bakery, Lexi also learns the ins and outs of personal romance. Her interest in Philippe hasn't waned and he has come to America with his daughter, but when she starts seeing Dan again, she must soon make a choice.

Lexi has grown up since the first novel. I enjoyed seeing more depth to her as she makes decisions and has experiences that change her. Her faith in God is stronger and more a definite part of her life, not just something casual.

I loved the inclusion of some of Lexi's recipes. An enjoyable, Christian read. Light but not fluffy. Easily recommended.

Thanks for First Wildcard and Staci Carmichael at Random House for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Sandra Byrd here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/09

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4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I love Paris, so I love to read books set there! This sounds delightful!