Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

by Sandra Byrd
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Let Them Eat Cake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Do not read this book on an empty stomach, especially if you are craving something sweet. This book is filled with tons of food. After reading this, I so craved a cupcake. This book was so informative of bakeries and the French culture that I felt like I worked in the bakery myself. I know exactly how Lexi felt in the beginning of the book. I'm going through the exact situation about having a degree but not being able to find a job. It shows the struggle a lot of grads face when they have studied something they love but find out that society demands something else. Also, the story really shows how it's like to be a 20-something in this time period when you want to live on your but you can't so you're stuck with the parents. In fact I think this is one of the few Christian fiction books that I've read that actually has shown this. It doesn't show everyone being all happy that they are staying together. The story isn't preachy at all, in fact I enjoyed for once how a non-Christian actually is interested in learning about Jesus. This book was tons of fun to read. I loved the little notes and illustrations that would pop up randomly in the book. Loved especially the Wikipedia article. It was like reading one of those chain letter books with the letters and invitations that you get to read. It made the story more exciting, I think all books should have these because it really grabs your attention! This book has become one of my favorites of this year. Extremely recommended to read while eating a croissant with a cafe creme.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
jI love sweets so when I first heard about this French Twist series a few years ago I was immediately intrigued. I'm so happy to have finally had the chance to read the first book, Let Them Eat Cake. Woven into the story are well-placed recipes for sweets and treats like coconut cake and "Boyfriend Bait" and that's not good if you're easily tempted to try these mouth-watering delights for yourself as I am! Reader beware, this book will not help your waistline one bit! Lexi is definitely a talent in the kitchen and I love how it's reflected with the inserted recipes. I loved Lexi's journey from being stuck in a cubicle, to perfecting her recipes, to dreaming about a job in Paris.  Even though it's Christian fiction this very much reminds me of the film Sabrina. If there's any romance for Lexi as it looks like there's going to be, hopefully it's just as sigh worthy as one of my favorite classic films. Let Them Eat Cake ends with quite the cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see just how Lexi adjusts to her new life and how she copes away from her family and new found friends. Trust me, if you enjoyed her story as much as I did you will want to have book 2, Bon Appetit on hand to read immediately. Let Them Eat Cake is free on Kindle now through February 14, 2013, so if you want to take a chance on this great book you can!
Iryn_Isaac More than 1 year ago
Review of Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to learn French and work in a bakery!
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Our protagonist is "enticing," "delicious," and full of spice and ambition. Sometimes she may seem "flaky," yet you may see yourself in her as she navigates the employment world after college and is trying to pursue her passion as well as renew her relationship with God. Have you ever seen someone trying to meet other people's expectations? Then you probably will relate to our protagonist. This is a wonderful journey to take with Lexi, filled with sweet treats that offer food for thought. *Enjoyed the storyline since it is believable and told in an entertaining style. *Encourages readers to pursue their passion and dream even though others may not fully support your path, and encourages readers to seek God's guidance.
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contradictionofsorts More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a sub par book, I wish more and more that most reviews came with demographics/stats. I picked up this book from the bookstore sales bin after a quick scan through the phone on the spot. 4.5 stars. Why not? It wasn't until I got home that I actually sat down at the computer for faster access on the reviews (it's tricky to navigate on the phone with just a finger.) That's when I realized that the stars were a bit deceiving but I went ahead and read right through all 300+ pages. It's clear that the book is geared toward the 20+ yr old crowd, relating the hardships of post-college life. But with the author's extensive background with teenage novels, the book reads just like one. There was no depth and insightful observances. No convincing epiphanies and satisfying verbage. The only perks of this read: the romanticized peppering of the french culture, the mouth-watering gourmet treats, delectable pastries and cafe cremes of quaint coffee shops. Other than that, the book failed to inspire mixed with bland religious propaganda (another miss to inspire). I'm glad I only spent $4 on this book!*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book did not quite meet my high hopes, but I still enjoyed reading it! The novel was, unfortunately, a little guilty of the typical Christian fiction blunder: poor writing only emphasized with cheesiness. In 'Let Them Eat Cake' this was most apparent in the unforgivably repetitive typos and the random and unsuccessful attempts at cooking related similes and metaphors- at a certain point, the attempts just became overkill. HOWEVER, dismissing the writing style, the story was sweet and definitely uplifting. As a young adult myself, it is encouraging to know that "someday my prince will come," and I just need to trust God's plan for my life. I would definitely recommend this book as a very quick, easy and fun read.
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BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page on this delightful tale of Lexi Stuart. Lexi's graduated from college but looking for meaningful employment. When she lands a job at a bakery, she thinks her dreams are starting to come true. But disappointment comes when she learns she will not be considered for a management position. But Lexi finds later that the Lord has something better in store for her. I recommend this book for anyone's personal library.