Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd

Pastries, Paris and romance–Lexi’s adventure has just begun! Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef. As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.

As Lexi lives her dream, the only thing she has to do is choose from the array in life’s patisserie display window: her familiar home, friends, and family in Seattle or her new life in France. Lexi discovers that as she leans more on God the choices become a little clearer– and making them, well, c’est la vie!

My take: 3.5 looks
I know, I have never given 1/2 look before, but I had to in this case. This book is so much better than the first in this series, but not quite good enough for 4 looks. I will definitely read the next one (and my thanks to Byrd for keeping this series short) to find out what happens, but it didn't have the substance, panache and soulfulness that a 4-look-book has. I suppose, simply said, it's just because it's a light beach read that is keeping me from giving it more. Unfair? Nah!

I recommend.

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