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Let Them Eat Cake: A Novel (French Twist Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Byrd
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Book Description

Book One in the French Twist Series.

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!

This book is written from a lightly Christian world view.

Editorial Reviews


“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

“I could not put Let Them Eat Cake down. As a twenty-something myself, I felt as if Lexi and I were old friends. Sandra Byrd had me laughing and crying all the way through the entire book. I can’t wait for the next one.”
–Shannon Kubiak Primicerio author of The Divine Dance and co-author of Life. Now.

“This realistic, slice-of-life story undertakes the challenging decisions Lexi must make about her future–whether she will follow her passion or find a job that pays the bills. Not shying away from tough issues, Sandra Byrd's vivid characters draw readers in and encourage them to follow their dreams.”
Natasha Neuroth, Internet Product Editor,

“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

About the Author

Sandra Byrd is a prolific writer of fiction, including the popular Friends for a Season series for teens, and the bestselling Girls Like You and Secret Sisters series for young girls. She is a regular contributor to national Christian publications. Before she began writing full time, Sandra worked in marketing, sales, and acquisitions for an educational publisher. She and her husband have two children, and make their home in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Quaystrokes (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AIRQ54A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious treat for fiction lovers October 23, 2007
I liked this book so much, I scarfed in down almost as fast as I would a piece of my mom's legendary brownie chocolate cake.

While I've enjoyed some Christian "chick lit" lately, some of it can veer into the self-consciously cute and trying a little too hard to be funny zone. Not this book. Sandra Byrd's humor is wryly amusing instead of broadly slapstick, her protagonist's interaction with God believable instead of goofy.

The story is Alexandra "Lexi" Stuart, a 20-something who is having trouble getting her career bearings in a post-college world. When yet another job falls through, this Francophile decides to follow her heart and work for a much smaller paycheck in a French bakery.

Her adventures at the bakery, her attraction to two very different guys, and her steps back to a relationship with God, make for some of the most enjoyable reading I've done in a while. Lexi is an appealing character, and by the time the story wraps up, you feel you've made a friend--and if you're like me, you'll applaud her choice at the end of the book.

After reading this, I handed it off to my 20-year-old daughter, who also devoured it (appropos word for a book largely about food!) in one weekend. While this tale of a "quarterlife crisis" will go over very well with twenty-somethings, age won't matter when it comes to enjoying this book. It's a good story, told with humor and verve, and pages turn effortlessly.

P.S. I really liked the way actual images were interspersed in the copy, such as those of e-mails, application forms, classifieds, personal notes, etc. And the recipes! I'll definitely be trying "Boyfriend Bait Stroganoff."
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read and recipes too September 24, 2007
It's tough being the only failure in your upwardly motivated family. Lexi Stuart has just been fired from a job she hated, but she is afraid to tell her parents. Broke, unemployed, between boyfriends, and about to become homeless, she's between the proverbial brick and a cement block. She finally lands a job working the counter in a gourmet bakery. The pay is barely above poverty level, her fellow employee is snippy, and her parents are disappointed in her career choice. To make matters worse, her brother and his fiance are doing great--no problems, good paying jobs, no clouds on their romantic horizon. Lexi can't help feeling like a failure. She doesn't even feel she fits in at her church anymore. On the up-side, her boss is handsome, and seems attracted to her.

Smart and sassy, Let Them Eat Cake is an enjoyable story about a woman who can't get anything right until she gets right with God. Good Chick-Lit that will keep the reader smiling. And the recipes are good too.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! September 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a sweet book (pun intended!).

I hadn't read Sandra Byrd prior to this; I grabbed this book while on vacation a year ago and it's been sitting on the shelf gathering dust. The other day, I needed something to read (hadn't been to the library yet!) and I'm glad that I picked it up finally.

This little gem is about Lexi, a 20-something single gal who is stuck in a dead-end job, translating for a food company. Lexi spends so much time enjoying what she's reading that she can't make her quotas, so guess what happens? Yep.

She is living at home after the break-up of a relationship; she's got great friends and parents; her brother is engaged to a gal that Lexi adores, too. But she's lost as far as what she wants to do "when she grows up" and her parents are selling their home to move to another, so Lexi has to get on the ball. Quickly! Another factor that Lexi needs to get on the ball with is her relationship with God. Basically, she doesn't have one. Not a good plan, IMO.

I won't spoil the story line. Lexi goes through her growing pains, learning and doing, stumbling once in a while and then recovering. I loved this book! So much that I've ordered the next two books in the series.

Yes, it's written by a Christian author and published by a Christian publishing house. God is mentioned a lot in this book. If you're not into Christian chick lit, then this book isn't for you. But please don't get it, read it and slam it because it's Christian. Read whatever genre you're into. Thank goodness we all have the freedom to choose!

I definitely recommend this to fans of Christian chick lit - of ALL ages!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Appétit! September 23, 2007
Lexi Stuart needs to find a job. She's graduated from college with a degree in French culture and literature but unfortunately there are no jobs that will pay highly with that degree. After turning in numerous resumes, the only job she finds is at a French bakery. While it is a step down for her, Lexi finds the job to be exactly what she wants. She can combine her love of cooking while being able to use her knowledge of the French language. She soon finds working there to be an adventure, from being with her cute French boss, dealing with her non Christian coworker, messing up orders and trying to find a place to live. It's enough to make anyone quote Marie Antoinette when they're about to lose their head!

Do not read this book on an empty stomach, especially if you are craving something sweet. This book is filled with tons of food. After reading this, I so craved a cupcake. This book was so informative of bakeries and the French culture that I felt like I worked in the bakery myself. I know exactly how Lexi felt in the beginning of the book. I"m going through the exact situation about having a degree but not being able to find a job. It shows the struggle a lot of grads face when they have studied something they love but find out that society demands something else. Also, the story really shows how it's like to be a 20-something in this time period when you want to live on your but you can't so you're stuck with the parents. In fact I think this is one of the few Christian fiction books that I've read that actually has shown this. It doesn't show everyone being all happy that they are staying together. The story isn't preachy at all, in fact I enjoyed for once how a non-Christian actually is interested in learning about Jesus. This book was tons of fun to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Providence
This was a nice story. Sometimes a book called Christian can be syrupy or preachy, or perfect. The characters in this book faced real life failures, and decisions. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by jill reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice work
Sandra has written characters you can feel empathy for, the story is well written, interesting and a fun quick read.
Published 17 hours ago by acormier
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Them Eat Cake very good
I liked the story and the way it was written, I loved that she went back to church and found guidance. And adventure.
Published 1 day ago by Patricia Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Un bon livre!
At first I thought the main character was too whiny. I love the French language and stuck with the book. I'm glad I did! An interesting assortment of characters.... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Katharine
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I read a lot of fiction books but this one was different. I love the Christian aspect in this book as well as all the scripture in it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by ELIZABETH REED
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very cute story that made you want to follow into the next story!
Published 16 days ago by amafox
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A lot of long drawn out teasing throughout, but otherwise it was a good read. I just would have preferred that Lexi wasn't so doubty & a little more confident.
Published 23 days ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
This was an engaging, fun story. I really liked the characters and felt like I got to know them. The faith message was well integrated and natural, not preachy or overdone. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tikkitopaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 27 days ago by Sibyl A. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars let them eat cake
very good book, I could not put it down stayed up most of the night finishing it, love the characters and story line, want to read book 2 and 3
Published 28 days ago by pets mom
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More About the Author

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

Please visit to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your bookclub via Skype.

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