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Having earned her chef’s hat, Lexi Stuart bids au revoir to her glamorous and deliciously satisfying pastry mentorship outside of Paris and returns to her hometown of Seattle, Washington. There, she finds life unexpectedly complicated.

She’s put in charge of a high-end catering bakery called Bijoux, which should be her dream job, but there’s a catch: She has to make this la...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2009)
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Bluerose's  Heart
Lexi is back in Seattle, working at her dream job. It's a little more difficult than she imagined with responsibilities she didn't realize she was taking on with the job. She's determined to make it work, though, and quickly! It's only a matter of months before she could lose it all.

In Piece de Resistance, Lexi has to work through her feelings for both Dan and Phillipe. I had my pick, and anticipated who would win her heart pretty early on in this book. It still warmed my heart to see it all com...more
Brenda
Oh, how I LOVED this book! I got it in the mail yesterday, and decided to finish the other book I was reading first, since I had less than 100 pages to go. But then I picked this up, and didn't stop reading except to sleep and go out to dinner with friends (and I would have rather been reading!). It also took every ounce of strength I had not to flip to the back of the book to see how it ended. I don't know why I feel such a connection to these characters and this story, but I do.

This is an exam...more
Amber Stokes
I jumped from the first book to this third book in the "French Twist" series - paperback copies, because those covers are just too sweet! - with relative ease, although I'm sure reading all three adds that much more enjoyment to the reading experience. This conclusion is certainly satisfying, and it's a pleasure to join Lexi as she discovers how best to serve others and how to reconcile her big dreams with God's grand plans. For a step-by-step look at a slice of a twenty-something young woman's...more
Kristen
I don't like tying myself down to a series, which is hard to find in christian fiction. However, I read the first book in the series thinking I'd read it and stop there. That didn't happen! I finshed the first book at work one day and went to 4 different book stores before I could find the second book. I just finished this one and I am so happy with the ending. I don't see why we can't have a fourth book in the series with Lexi's wedding! A happy, large affair, I can just imagine! Come Ms. Byrd....more
Stacy
The last book in a wonderful Christian chick lit series. I'm so glad I bought them all, as I enjoyed every one immensely. 4.5 stars, or even close to my Harry Potter only 5 star rating :) Great characters, good stories, and a satisfying ending to wrap it all up :) I'll miss these characters and these books :)
Renee
I have two words for this series--tres magnifique! Piece de Resistance is the icing on the cake of the French Twist series. In the style of the first two books Sandra Byrd weaves a tale that's both uplifting and inspirational while keeping a fun, and sometimes flirty, feel. Having followed Lexi through 2 books you would think you would be able to see things coming but still I was more than 1/3 of the way through the story before I could decide whether Lexi would choose bachelor #1 or bachelor #2...more
Carly
Well, it’s a happy day and a sad day. A happy day because I just finished reading Piece de Resistance and I loved it. It’s a sad day because now the French Twist series is all over. I have loved this series since the very beginning and I will miss these characters and all the wonderful cakes!

Piece de Resistance was everything I hoped it would be and more. There were some delightful surprises and adorable new characters. All the loose ends were tied up and the book ended exactly the way I was hop...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Pièce de Résistance by Sandra Byrd is the third and final volume in the French Twist series following Lexi Stuart in her quest to become successful in work and love. It picks up immediately after Bon Appetit with Lexi returning home from Paris to Seattle to start a pastry and wedding cake shop, Bijoux, under the Delacroix family banner. Torn between the affections of her suave French boss Philippe and his adorable daughter Celine and all-American lawyer Dan, Lexi isn't sure which mans holds the...more
Kristie Kercheval
This the third book in the series. I listened to others on audiobook, which was helpful in hearing the french words pronounced correctly. When I read this one I could still hear the reader's voice in my head. Overall it is a lighthearted book on love and pursuing your dreams. Lexi's dilemmas are relatable. There's one guy who has shown a little interest in her who rides a motorcycle, and another one pursuing her that is less mysterious and more predictable. Then she has to decide how much of Fra...more
Mikayla
The book Piece de Resistance is a continuation to Let Them Eat Cake and Bon Appetit, also known as the French Twist Series. Lexi has finished Chef school in France and has moved back home to Seattle to work in her own wedding cake bakery. She finally gets a place to live and starts setting up the bakery but things aren't going like Lexi had planned! She doesn't have enough money to do hardly anything and not enough business to earn the money they need to keep the bakery open, and Lexi hires a wo...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The third in the French Twist series. I enjoyed the first one, Let Them Eat Cake, but found it very light. I haven't found a copy of the second one, Bon Appetit to read yet.

This one was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. While I think that reading all of them in order is probably a good idea, my not reading the second one didn't detract too much from the story. Having the back history of Lexi's experience in Paris would have been helpful, but the story moved along well...more
Trudy
Pièce de Résistance is a strongly Christian-themed chick lit story of twenty-something Alexandra Stuart (known to most as Lexi) and her struggle to find the right path for her life, career, and love.

This is the third in the French Twist series, and the books really MUST be read in order, as Byrd tells more of an ongoing saga than a series with stand-alone stories. I read book one (Let Them Eat Cake) and missed book two (Bon Appetit). I won't go back for it, though, because book three (Pièce de...more
Georgann
Wonderful!

Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this book and the series! One thing this author did was to have sayings at the beginning of every chapter and I really enjoyed this little sneak peak at what was coming. Find this series and read it!!
Betty Ost-Everley
The third book in Byrd's French Twist series, and it skillfully wraps up the story of Lexi and her trials and tribulations of finding herself, her God, her vocation and her man...very nearly in that order! The first book generally sets up the plot, whereas the second book takes a lot of twists and turns. I know some readers will cringe at even a hint of religious overtones, but I thought Byrd brought in the subject in a very pleasant and believable way. Each of the main characters are flawed and...more
Mandy
Similarly to my opinion of the second book in this series, my opinion of this book is probably influenced by how much I identify with the main character. Not that I ever had a French man and an American man vying for my attentions or started a wedding cake business-- but the going overseas, speaking two languages, trying to fit in at church as a young adult, and even loving a guy named Dan made it seem a bit personal at times. Anyway, Lexi's journey of finding her own place in the world was fun...more
Ellen
After waiting 10 months for this last book in the French Twist series to be released on audio so I could once again read along as Carine Montbertrand delighted my ears with her French, I could wait no longer. I had to read this last book on my own and do my best to remember how she made every character sound. It took no time at all to remember where Lexi was in her life: just returned from France and about to open her own little "jewel" in the Delecroix bakeries in Seattle AND still caught betwe...more
Maritza
I absolutely LOVE this entire series and let me just say this book did not disappoint as the conclusion! Lexi once again heads into a whirlwind adventure as she begins a new chapter of her life, growing in her faith along the way. She is so adorable and the ending was great, (SWOON!!!) If I had one negative thing to say it would be that I was disappointed there was no Epilogue...I felt like something with a few months later would have really concluded the story. (Hard not to spoil it) Great seri...more
Gail
Final book in this series...I was able to borrow them using kindle prime lending. Light and fun!
Jeanie
3rd of the series and I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. It was simple but it was also about making decisions and letting God guide you thru them. I thought this was done very well in these series and that a reader can apply to their own lives. It was also about how God can use wherever you are and it was done very realistically. The main theme was thinking and doing more for another.
Monica Albright
What a delightful read! I am so pleased to have found this series by Sandra Byrd...I waited anxiously for each new one to come out. This is an easy read, great for young Christian romantics...and anyone else who enjoys a fun love story. AND as an extra bonus, there are RECIPES too. I love novels with recipes.
Pick this one up today. You don't have to read the previous two, but I recommend them too.
Amanda
I liked the series; I wish that I could say that I loved the series, but it had a few too many issues for me to be totally comfortable with. IMHO: when I'm reading a book that's supposedly "Christian" then I have certain expectations, and I tend to be disappointed when certain things occur, but this is also based on a family history of alcoholism so drinking can be a touchy issue for me.
Melody
While I thoroughly enjoyed this series, I didn't really care for the ending. By the end I was ok with who she ends up with,but I felt there was something missing from the chemistry between the two main characters. Overall I did enjoy the book and I loved how her relationship with God grew slowly, not the typical book where they go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 in their relationship with God.
Kandra
Wow, what a great conclusion to a perfectly delightful series. I am so glad Lexi made the right choices, both large and small. I feel like I know her...the first-person narrative was done so well. As a reader, I just felt happy for her when things went well, and sad for her when they did not. This was very well-written, as a series, and I highly recommend all three books.
Tammy Mason
Have to admit I loved it! I read all three books in record time and felt they were fun and uplifting overall. The series is current and up to date with Lexi even posting one of her recipes on allrecipes.com. Cudos for the random recipe thrown in during the read, I think that's one of the things that made it so fun. I've even decided to try one or two of them!!
Shelley
Devoured this book as well. I really loved this series... I always hate to write to much about the story so I don't give anything away.

I just wish I had to make the choices Lexi had to make. A fun story that caused a few tears when it ended. Hope there are more stories like it to come in the future.
Krissy Obermark
I enjoyed watching Lexi attack her career goal with some zest, but felt she really fell through on pursuing her own romantic happiness. (Maybe I was just more of a go-getter in that area . . . ) Despite some weaknesses, I enjoyed the purity of this series which never had to stoop to profanity or smut.
Branson
This is a nice light read, typical of Christian Chick Lit. I read this one first in the series (didn't realize it was a series at the time) and enjoyed it, so reading the books prior to it is not a necessity. I enjoyed the chef aspect of this book, and the recipes mixed in with the story was a cute touch.
Mj
I was so pleasantly surprised by this trilogy! Normally, I stay away from anything remotely described as "Christian Romance", but Sandra Byrd did an excellent job at making the story feel real and relatable. Also, I love the quotes she put at the beginning of each chapter!
Jennifer Fluegge
Just finished this book--the third in a series about a girl who winds up going to France to train to be a pastry chef. This combines two loves of mine--cooking and Christian fiction/romance perfectly! Loved the book and loved the whole series.
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After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, wa...more
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“I felt free this time, knowing I had a job and that I wasn't going to be graded. I could simply experiment and create. The thought occurred to me that if I always lived under the certainty of God's provision instead of the certainty of Lexi's worry, I might always feel this free.” 4 likes
“My mom would never ride an ATV,' he said. 'But you did.'

'Is that a good thing?' I asked.

He traced my lips with his fingertip. 'Yes.'

My body melted like a candy bar on the dashboard.”
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