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French Twist (The French Twist Series Book 1) by [Astie, Glynis]
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"Based on real life events, French Twist is a beautiful love story that really makes you believe that love at first sight is possible...I look forward to reading more by this talented author!" -Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat and Plan Bea

"Sydney made me laugh, she made me cringe with embarrassment and her relationships with her family made me cry (in a good way)." -Meredith Schorr, author of Blogger Girl and How Do You Know?

"Sydney Bennett is a mix of artlessness and anxieties with layers of zany...It's light, fun, written with humour and happiness and all of that jumps off the page."
-Cathy Ryan, Between the Lines Book Blog

"I really found the writing of the author refreshing and lively...I found the book quite entertaining... I cannot wait to start with book two." -Lynelle Clark, Aspired Writer Book Blog

"I thought this book was completely charming, fun, and romantic...You will get wrapped up in the story and swept away by the romance of it all." -Stephanie Cervantes, Steph the Bookworm Book Blog

About the Author

Glynis grew up as the youngest of threechildren in Rockland County, New York. Her mother remarried when she was sixand she gained not only an amazing father, but three wonderful sisters. Shegraduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University and worked in SocialService for two years before transitioning to Human Resources. After thirteenyears in Human Resources, she decided to make good on her promise to write abook. Rather than detailing the years of bizarre employee relations issues shehad encountered (as this may land her in more than a bit of trouble), sheelected to write the story of how she met and married her husband, Sebastien,in six short months.
 

It's truethat the story had always been a crowd pleaser. What woman wouldn't want to beswept off of her feet by a handsome young Frenchman? Glynis decided that it wastime that a dose of reality were included to complete the picture. While shefelt lucky to have met the love of her life, it was certainly not the image ofperfection imagined by many. The end result, French Twist, is humorous, sweetand undeniably real. As this was just the beginning of their epiclove story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel,French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After shefinished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to writestraight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with ahint of fantasy.

When Glynis is not writing, she is trying tokeep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missingbody parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homeworkassignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whateverchocolate is in the vicinity.

Product Details

  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tikinou Publishing; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EUF203Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I know I'm going against the norm but I didn't care much for this book. The idea was cute and the neurosis were cute(at first) but then I found myself rolling my eyes at times and saying "I get it already, you're insecure." Honestly, this seemed to me like I was in the mind of someone VERY young, not 27. The supporting characters were fun, the frenchman, Louis, was amazing, but Sydney really started to drive me crazy. I feel that this story could have been one whole book vs having to continue on with a whole other book. There were too many drawn out stories of her insecurities, craziness, freaking about things that aren't that big of deal and it just seemed like I started skipping over paragraphs because they all sounded the same. I still plan on reading the next story since I already purchased it, and I want to find out what happens because even though it wasn't executed well, it was a good story idea.
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Sydney Bennett seems to have it all - a supportive and loving family, a good job and caring friends. Unfortunately, Sydney has been unlucky in love and she's beginning to wonder if she's destined to grow old alone. After a series of dating disasters, Sydney is ready to throw in the towel. After all, she's in her late twenties and the big 3-0 isn't too far ahead. But an unexpected encounter with a handsome Frenchman (Louis) has her wondering if true love might actually be within her grasp.

French Twist is a sweet, lighthearted romance novel. The message is clear: Love really can find you when you least expect it. Glynis Astie does a nice job of proving that not all romance novels have to be filled with one catastrophe after another...there doesn't have to be ten tedious break-ups and make-ups before the end of the book to keep readers engaged. Ms. Astie details some brief glitches in the romance between Sydney and Louis, but then quickly moves on.

Sydney Bennett did seem to worry a bit more than she needed to, but considering her dating background, I was able to cut her some slack. As a self-professed cynic, I kept waiting for the disaster to occur, but it never did. French Twist is truly a feel-good, happy book.

I would recommend French Twist if you're looking for a charming, appealing poolside read. I look forward to reading Ms. Astie's next novel, French Toast.

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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My views on the book are the same as those of Kristi (3 star review). The premise of the story was an insecure h never finding love and eventually when someone wonderful arrives on the scene, it seems to good to be true. The main problem with this book is the execution - it's heavy handed and many things are repeated over and over. We know the h is awkward but we read this far too many times. We know the H appears to be perfect and that the h suspects there is a problem - repeated ad nauseam. A lighter hand and this could've been a sweet story.

I won't be reading the other books in this series
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I’m not a huge reader of chick lit but having said that I found myself enjoying this one very much, more so because the story is loosely based on the author’s own whirlwind romance. It’s light, fun, written with humour and happiness and all of that jumps off the page. It’s a real life fairy tale, girl meets handsome Frenchman and it’s love at virtually first sight.

Sydney Bennett is a mix of artlessness and anxieties with layers of zany. She’s the kind of woman most of us can relate to in some way and I couldn’t help but like her. After a string of disastrous romances she has a serious lack of confidence and believes it’s too good to be true when she meets a dashing and extremely charming Frenchman who seems very taken with her. Things happen so quickly Sidney is literally swept off her feet and has several hilarious meltdowns. Planning a wedding is fraught with dilemmas and complications at the best of times but when one partner is from another country and in the US on a visa, which is dependent on his employment, the obstacles begin to arise and add to Sydney’s nervousness and panic.

I love Sidney’s relationships with her sister, her best friend, her brother and, of course her parents, but most of all with Louis. The characters are all well written and engaging.

Looking forward to the next instalment, French Toast!
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I read far too many books all over different genres. Normally, romance is not my thing. That said, when I read the first two chapters in a diner in CT. I was hooked.
Sydney was a well written character, her humor and her anxieties weren't over done. Her story is special in the sense that through her journey you can see yourself. If you've found that special love in your life, you've been through the insecurities, the worries of familial embarassment and dreaded first family holidays together. I could not stop laughing about the "tummy rumblings" (thats all I'll say...you must read it to find out) because I could relate. What I loved most? The family. Finally, a family that loves, nutures and grows together instead of another dysfunctional group. Real family caring. Saying "I love you" at the end of a phone coversation and showing affection to each other is what families should do. If you are looking for a light, happy, funny read, this is it!
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