Last year I read my good friend Sandra Byrd’s lovely Let Them Eat Cake for endorsement and it was so yummy I felt like running out for gateaux and a cafe au lait (nothing short of the real deal – see my post from Oct. 6 for clarity here) when I turned the last page.
It was clever and chic and hip and I loved her characters. No surprise to me that it was up for a Christy this summer.
Now out is the next installment in her French Twist series about a likeable gal trying to find her place in the world and in the pastry industry. Bon Appetit takes up where Let Them Eat Cake left off. Here’s the story in a ramekin, I mean, nutshell:
Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef. As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. As Lexi lives her dream, the only thing she has to do is choose from the array in life’s patisser ie display window. Lexi discovers that as she leans more on God the choices become a little clearer– and making them, well, c’est la vie!
Romantic Times said this: “In this sequel to Let Them Eat Cake, Byrd again entertains with descriptions of delectable food and, this time, with exquisite details of France as well. Foodies will delight in this novel, and anyone who adores romance will warm to the story. It’s easy to identify with Lexi’s struggles in life, because they mirror so much of what everyone experiences, no matter what their age.”
And here’s something cool. Sandra has a contest going on at her webhome where you can win:
- Barefoot Contessa’s Coconut Cupcake Mix
- A set of professional quality glassine baking cups
- A dozen laser cut cupcake wraps.
- All this packaged in a beautiful blue & white wrought iron container
- plus a signed copy of Bon Appétit
Just browsing her lovely site is enough to make you drool a wee bit. Check it out.
On Friday, a review of Siri Mitchell’s “A Constant Heart.” Loved it.