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Bon Appetit (French Twist, Book 2) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 16, 2008
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–Deborah Raney, author of Remember to Forget and Leaving November
“Paris, French culture, and pastries loom prominent in Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd, who writes with insight and authenticity about the life of an American student at a prestigious pastry academy.”
–Ruth Axtell Morren, author of The Rogue’s Redemption, The Healing Season, and Hearts in the Highlands
“Sandra Byrd does it again! If you want a book as sweet as carmelized sugar and as intriguing as a handsome stranger, reach for Bon Appetit. Delicious and satisfying!”
–Lyn Cote, author of the Texas Star of Destiny series
“Lexi is a delight, and one can’t help rooting for her as she struggles to achieve professional success while seeking the perfect recipe for romantic bliss. Bon Appétit est très magnifique!”
–Trish Perry, author of Beach Dreams, Too Good to Be True, and The Guy I’m Not Dating
“Bon Appetit captures the range of emotions and personal growth caused by cross-cultural experiences. It’s a literary petit four–a tasty morsel that delights and makes you want another. Fantastique!”
–Meredith Efken, author of SAHM I Am and Play It Again, SAHM
“Sandra Byrd’s Bon Appétit is a delicious tale to be savored. It will leave you wanting more. More pastry. . . more café. . . more chocolat. . .but best of all, more novels by Sandra Byrd.”
–Stephanie Grace Whitson, author/speaker
“For a sumptuous taste of French culture without all the jet lag, get the next best thing by reading Bon Appetit. Not only does Sandra Byrd vividly paint the French landscape with loving detail, but the reader can’t help rooting for Lexi as she navigates the oh-so-tricky waters of a new career, a burgeoning faith, and the trickiest endeavor of all, finding true love in the midst of it all. You'll enjoy every minute.”
–Christa Ann Banister, author of Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers
“Bon Appetit had such a unique twist. I can't wait for the third!”
–Erynn Mangum, author of Miss Match and Match Point
"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 struggle in life, because they mirror so much of what everyone experiences, no matter what their age."
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Although the book seemed to move slowly, I still found it interesting and well-written, despite the fillers, like pages of recipes (which should have been in an appendix) or a list of terms Lexi had to study for her exam. I was all poised to give the novel 5 stars, until I got to the end. It was a cliffhanger with nothing decided, expecting the reader to buy the next book. Never! If I like a book, and it's one of a series, I will buy the next one, but I hate books with cliffhangers and would never buy the next one because of that. Shame on authors who do this without warning. It is dishonest!
Lexi's story is great. This book is the second in a series, the first book being Let Them Eat Cake. However, you do not need to have read the first book to completely enjoy and understand Bon Appetit (I still haven't read the first book, but I will).
The best part about this book for me were the discussions on food. Seriously. I love to cook and reading about the cooking school and all the fancy desserts being made was just facsinating to me. Best of all, there are several recipes featured in the book. Most are desserts, but there was a recipe for French Onion Soup which, once altered to suit a vegan diet, was DELICIOUS!!! I love French Onion Soup, but haven't had it in years because of the beef broth used in restaurants (and the fact that my one attempt to make it at home years ago was a horrible flop). I tried the recipe in this book (page 143) and LOVED IT. In fact, I started out by making half a batch in case it was bad, and went back and made a double batch the next day.
This book is truly a yummy book, for reading entertainment and your pleasure in cooking! I'm looking forward to the next French Twist book!
As Lexi tries to entrench herself deeply into French life, she begins to wonder is new avenues are in store for her or if her heart is still in Seattle and tied to Dan.
This is a wonderful story that sees Lexi explore her relationship to God, her parents and two men - one French and one American.
Sandra Byrd does not disappoint in this follow up which is reach with wonderfully engaging characters, tempting descriptions of amazing food and an opportunity to see Lexi continue growing into her destiny.
This book was a delight, BUT left me ravished for the 3rd and final installment!
I wanted more feeling instead of telling! I wanted to eat the bread with her. I wanted to experience the TASTE of everything. The warm, soft bread. The crisp, refreshing salad dressing. The smell!
I wanted sore feet from standing all day, sore hands from washing dishes, exhaustion from school-work-school-work. I wanted to be in that pastry shop with her!! I wanted fast heart beats and cold sweats.
And, I could not get past the fact that suddenly, several chapters in, it became a Christian Romance with no preamble. There were no prayers, no Thank God's, no bible quotes, nothing at the beginning.
Then all of a sudden, BAM! Church, bible, God become a huge part of the story line. I'm a very "Yay God" person, but it pulled me out of the story and made me doubt the character's credibility. She only remembered God in her time of crisis.
Outside of the religion being used as a crutch, her dialogue was awkward! I liked the French-English dialogue. Appropriately written.
But our heroine's voice was too proper. English to English would have more contractions, more slang. More chances for hilarity to ensue.
Granted, I did not read book one. However, I'm just not inclined to do so.
This author is very talented, but she needs to work on her craft a bit more. Promising, but not quite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the book. I enjoyed the first book and the character really grew in this book. I look forward to the next and final book in the series!Published 14 days ago by Ashley Hahn
I just finished this book last night and absolutely loved it!!! Lexi is an incredibly engaging and relateable character! I can't wait to start the third book tonight!Published 1 month ago by Sarah Hasbrook
This is a light but clever real-life story of choices, decisions, opportunities and uncertainties. It is delightful - with recipes!Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
The story is full of intrigue, and I found myself captivated, but also somewhat frustrated, as the main character seems unable to make up her mind.Published 4 months ago by moi
I started this series a while back and am so glad I came back to finish it! It was a quick read with lots of interaction between Lexi and her friends, family, and guys. Read morePublished 4 months ago by i blog 4 books
The second book in this fabulous series doesn't disappoint! Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by Makuahine