(French Twist #1)
- Let Them Eat Cake
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.
When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye–but even may not be who he seems to be!
So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed–she loses her compulsion to please. Something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin!
Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting herself and God with her future–très bon!
Previously published by WaterBrook Press, 2007
Praise for Let Them Eat Cake
“Let Them Eat Cake is a delicious read! Byrd brings a fresh, insightful approach to women's fiction as she stretches out a welcoming hand to twenty-something readers. Bon Appetit!” –Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks Say Ooh La La! and The Christy Miller Series
“An engaging tale with as many layers as a croissant…and shaped just as lovingly.” –Siri L. Mitchell, author of Kissing Adrien
“If a good book were as loaded with calories as a French pastry, this one would have added pounds to my hips. Let Them Eat Cake--a sweet, satisfying story of searching for one's place in life and inviting God along on the journey.” –Tamara Leigh, Author of Perfecting Kate
“Sandra Byrd’s Let Them Eat Cake is a rich, creamy delight. The characters ring true and the plot simmers at just the right pace. Try it! You’ll like it!” –Lyn Cote, author of Blessed Assurance
“Not every novel fills me up and leaves me hungering for more, but Let Them Eat Cake does. Sandra Byrd has created a witty heroine whose search for significance and desire to follow the Lord equals her charming bonhomie. You won’t regret settling down with a plate of French pastries and this delectable adventure!” –Angela Hunt, author of The Elevator
“Sandra Byrd has a crafted a delicious gem for the twenty-something crowd – and their mothers! Seattle’s artsy downtown adds flair to the story’s overall appeal, as do the gotta-try-‘em recipes. Delightful.” –Susan Meissner, author of A Seahorse in the Thames
“Lexi Stuart is in search of a place to call home, a man to love, and that elusive word called destiny. This is a fun, realistic story of a twentysomething who isn't afraid to question her faith and other's expectations in order to discover her place in the world.” –T. Suzanne Eller, international speaker and author of several books, including The Woman I Am Becoming: Embracing the Chase of Identity, Faith, and Destiny
“Sandra Byrd’s protagonist in Let Them Eat Cake is Lexie Stuart, a self-effacing Francophile who narrates the story with a delicious prose, a smattering of French and a grow-as-you-go faith. J’adore Let Them Eat Cake. Merci, Sandra!” –Leslie Gould, award-winning author of Beyond the Blue and Scrap Everything
“Let Them Eat Cake is a culinary delight. Sandra Byrd creates a lovely atmosphere in this delightful read with a wonderful surprise ending.” –Rachel Hauck, author of Diva NashVegas
I can’t hold it in: the love angle behind this story surprised me! The one I thought would be the hero…turned out to be a non-hero. A great guy, but not our hero. Hmm. If that isn’t incentive to read the other books to find out who our hero is, nothing else is!
Give me a heroine who likes to cook/ bake in first person voice and character that takes action on the page and I’m so there!
This novel isn’t as much romance as I thought it would be and really I’m okay with that, because sometimes it’s fun to just read a story about a contemporary girl who’s trying to make a go of it. Lexi personifies so many young women today, including myself and her quirky view on life…and often desperation had me smiling and moaning in “oh yes, I hear ya!”
French makes everything more delectable and smattering just enough of the language through the book gave it a fun and romantic flair. Book two she actually travels to France…methinks I might have to travel along with her.
Beginning to end I was charmed by Lexi and motivated by her triumphs and struggles. A cute and enjoyable contemporary novel. I think I might get the rest of the series.