Monday, September 24, 2007

Sandra Byrd's Let Them Eat Cake ~ Reviewed

Let Them Eat Cake

Sandra Byrd

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 11, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400073278
ISBN-13: 978-1400073276


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 installed 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 -- but even he may not be who he seems.

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. "What am I going to do?" he shouts. "Let them eat cake!" she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la revolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future -- tres bon!

My Review:

Cute escapist chick-lit with joie de vivre, plenty of sass and a few yummy recipes.

Lexi, at thirty, is suffering serious growing pains. The only thing she knows for sure is that she loves to bake, cook and surround herself in recipes. With a dead-end job that bores her to tears, parents with an empty nest that are forced to make room for their nestling, and a brother who excels in life and love, Lexi struggles with the reality of being a grown up. Throw marginal Christianity, men, and hurting friends in the mix and Lexi spends much of her time attempting to repair emotional souffle.

Will she find the missing ingredients to life as she dreams it could be? Hmmm, you'll have to check it out.

Sensitivity warning...Lexi is a Christian who drinks socially.

Kelly Klepfer
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