Friday, April 19, 2013

French Twist

by Suzie Johnson
Sandra Byrd's French Twist series, one of my all time favorites, features an adorable heroine named Lexi Stuart. Since the books are newly available on the Kindle at the great price of $0.99, and the paper version is on sale at Barnes and Noble's website for $1.99, I thought I'd share my 2009 mini-review of each book.

Book One: Let Them Eat Cake
Lexi Stuart is fresh out of college and unable to find a job. Her love life isn’t going very well, either, but the course of her life changes when she accepts a job at her favorite French bakery. The inner-workings of the bakery are enough to keep the reader engaged, but author Sandra Byrd mixes romance with an inspirational journey amidst a bustling Seattle setting and a visit to Whidbey Island.

Book Two: Bon Appétit

This book follows Lexi to a small village in France where she will apprentice in a family owned bakery. Your mouth will water over more than the cover since the author has included several recipes. I found this to be my favorite of the books because I could so easily imagine myself in Lexi’s place as she struggles to please everyone around her. Things get difficult for Lexi as she finds herself torn between the man she left behind in Seattle and the French single father who is also her new boss.

Book Three: Pièce de Résistance

That brings us to the Pièce de Résistance and Lexi’s return to Seattle, (notice the Space Needle on the background of the cover?) where she’s put in charge of a new high-end French bakery. Lexi only has a few months to prove herself and make the business a success, but it won’t be easy. Romance proves to be a challenge as well, since both men are still in her life, but Lexi is relying on God to show her the way.

Pièce de Résistance had me thoroughly hooked and I couldn't wait to see how Lexi’s romantic dilemma untangled. Believe me, I wasn't disappointed.

The French Twist series is the perfect recipe for a satisfying read: Seattle, France, pastries and romance - with a dash of Whidbey Island, too. (wink, wink)

True North is Suzie Johnson’s second novel. Her first novel, No Substitute, a contemporary inspirational novel, is out now from White Rose Press of The Pelican Book Group. She is a regular contributor to the Inkwell Inspirations blog, a member of ACFW, RWA, and is the cancer registrar at her local hospital. Suzie and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest with their naughty little cat on an island that is definitely not tropical. Together, they are the parents of a wonderful grown son who makes them proud every day – even though he lives way too far away. You can visit Suzie at the following places:


  1. I started reading these, and I was really enjoying them, and then I got distracted with some big problem. Probably my new series idea. I need to get back to them.

  2. Dina, it's really weird because I answered this at 8am. I don't remember what I said, but iI'm planning to repurchase these at B&N since I sent the other ones to my niece. I keep hoping Sandra will write some more contemporary. Not that I want her to stop writing historical. Not at all. Just more of both, please, Sandra, If you're listening.

  3. I want to read these, too! A nice escape to Franch with pastries sounds lovely about now!

  4. French pastries. Mmmm.... My faves are macaroons. Pistachio. Sigh....

  5. I read the first one for endorsement. It was a lot of fun. I need to catch up on the others. :)


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