By Sandra Byrd
(WaterBrook Press, Paperback, 9781400073283, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Categories: Christian - Romance/Contemporary
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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!
Best-selling author Sandra Byrd enjoys a successful career writing adult, teen, and children’s books, including the Friends for a Season, Secret Sisters series and the French Twist series, including the first Lexi Stuart novel, Let them Eat Cake. She is also a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines. Sandra lives in Washington state with her husband and two children.
“A wonderful follow-up to Let Them Eat Cake! I was caught up in Lexi’s tug-of-war between her charmed life in France with its possibility of romance, and the pull to Seattle where her family and a very special man long for her return. What a perfect story for an evening by the fire or a day at the beach.”
–Deborah Raney, author of Remember to Forget and Leaving November
“Paris, French culture, and pastries loom prominent in Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd, who writes with insight and authenticity about the life of an American student at a prestigious pastry academy.”
–Ruth Axtell Morren, author of The Rogue’s Redemption, The Healing Season, and Hearts in the Highlands
“Sandra Byrd does it again! If you want a book as sweet as carmelized sugar and as intriguing as a handsome stranger, reach for Bon Appetit. Delicious and satisfying!”
–Lyn Cote, author of the Texas Star of Destiny series
“Lexi is a delight, and one can’t help rooting for her as she struggles to achieve professional success while seeking the perfect recipe for romantic bliss. Bon Appétit est très magnifique!”
–Trish Perry, author of Beach Dreams, Too Good to Be True, and The Guy I’m Not Dating
“Bon Appetit captures the range of emotions and personal growth caused by cross-cultural experiences. It’s a literary petit four–a tasty morsel that delights and makes you want another. Fantastique!”
–Meredith Efken, author of SAHM I Am and Play It Again, SAHM
“Sandra Byrd’s Bon Appétit is a delicious tale to be savored. It will leave you wanting more. More pastry. . . more café. . . more chocolat. . .but best of all, more novels by Sandra Byrd.”
–Stephanie Grace Whitson, author/speaker
“For a sumptuous taste of French culture without all the jet lag, get the next best thing by reading Bon Appetit. Not only does Sandra Byrd vividly paint the French landscape with loving detail, but the reader can’t help rooting for Lexi as she navigates the oh-so-tricky waters of a new career, a burgeoning faith, and the trickiest endeavor of all, finding true love in the midst of it all. You'll enjoy every minute.”
–Christa Ann Banister, author of Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers
“Bon Appetit had such a unique twist. I can't wait for the third!”
–Erynn Mangum, author of Miss Match and Match Point
"In this sequel to Let Them Eat Cake, Byrd again entertains with descriptions of delectable food and, this time, with exquisite details of France as well. Foodies will delight in this novel, and anyone who adores romance will warm to the story. It's easy to identify with Lexi's struggle in life, because they mirror so much of what everyone experiences, no matter what their age."
-Romantic Times Book Reviews