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Posted December 9, 2008
strong character study
College graduate Lexi Stuart has graduated but has not found a job that she enjoys. That has not been a problem because she lives at her parents¿ home. However, they are moving into a retirement community within six months, which means the clock has run out and she needs meaningful employment. --- Lexi converses in French during an interview with luscious Luc, the manager of L¿Esperance Bakery, who offers her a job there. She accepts although the pay leaves her below the poverty level. While Luc seems interested in seeing Lexi outside the bakery, she finds everyone else thinks the job is beneath her. When she gets into an incident with an executive she declares her liberty from everyone¿s expectations except God while informing the obnoxious customer to let his guests eat cake. --- Readers will smell the delightful odors of a French bakery as Sandra Byrd provides vivid descriptions that will have our olfactory senses in overdrive and are mouths salivating. The story line is at its most tasteful when plot focuses on the activity at the bakery. The romantic subplot feels off kilter as it is too sweet. Still fans will appreciate twenty-four years old Lexi as she learns she can¿t please everyone so she needs to please herself, which will help with discovering what to do with her life now that she¿s not a kid anymore. --- Harriet Klausner
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Posted February 8, 2013
Review of Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra ByrdWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hmmm… this book makes you salivate through its contents if one is a bit conversant with the French way of life and it is really as crisp and fresh as a buttery croissant that is totally yummy!
The author brings the French baking alive with all the mouth-watering recipes that the readers just would love to try!
The plot is intriguing, sweet, simple and so didn't have a lot of twists thrown but it was still heart-warming.
The book centers around Lexi and her search for accomplishment in her own way and faith in what she believes which led pursuing her career dreams of being a successful French chef and love which came along with it. Her desire for love and when it finally springs on her did not make her to forgo her first dream of a career. That is a plus for this book! Especially since it is written for young-adult and their world of struggles!
For Lexi, she was faced with the desire to please her family but struggles with it because she knows that their dreams and desires will not bring her the satisfaction in life in which she inwardly craves and this made her to take the decisions she took hoping that the future will vindicate her. We see her struggle in not disclosing the fact that she has lost her job to her family members being tired of disappointing her parents – she bore it alone strongly because for one thing she did not want them to suffer frustration and to mete out pity on her! She knew they meant well! Nonetheless – it was a bold thing to do and frustrating when her hope to be made the Manager of L’Esperance and meet ends-meet like being able to rent an apartment was dashed! But she braced herself up and did not allow her spirit to be daunted! That was a brave thing to do!
Along the story line, we see her misinterpretations of the affections of Luc, the owner of the bakery, who appreciates Lexi's hard work! If she knew that the ‘ambiance’ of a French man can be righted interpreted as ‘their way of doing things’ and not necessarily flirting with her – it would have helped her to position her hopes rightly but for the English and Europeans - of course – those are rightly ‘flirtatious’ ways!
But in all the book had rewarding salient lessons imbedded to it – the unfolding of Lexi’s relationship with Sophie, Margaret and even Marianne whom her heart ought to be jealous of but which of course she knew is baseless is a rewarding line that Sandra weaved into the story. The change in Sophie, the character of Lexi to get to know the real Margaret and her courage to face her fears on not being accepted – and even her worries to please which brought her close to Dan.
Though her plans did not work out as she seemed to have dreamt, she nonetheless had the surprise of her life when she had the opportunity to go to France, and be trained as a chef – he dreams seems to before her eyes, yet with it came the CHOICES she had to make in her relationship with Dan! A lesson I must draw for myself here is that at the ‘carrefour’ (a French word for ‘junction’) of every dream there will always be the OBSTACLE to distract one from pursuing ones dream! A lot to learn from Lexi.
Thanks Sandra – this being the first of your books I read it is great! I am already on to ‘Bon Appétit! Hey but some of the French sentences and translations are ‘rusty’! Work on that! But tell you what ? You did a great job!
Posted April 11, 2012
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