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Let Them Eat Cake

(French Twist #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,590 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.

When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Waterbrook Press
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I'm sure Let Them Eat Cake may not be the perfectly executed novel, but wow, did Sandra Byrd speak right to my heart with her character Lexi. I just related to her so, so, SO much. Perhaps other readers out there are perfect, never do anything stupid, never complain, or wish something in their life was different and crave more, but this girl does. Lexi is aware that she has a great life, but just wants that special spark that gives her days meaning, and I don't think there is anything wrong with ...more
Angie Hay
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed a little break from killing, murder, swearing, blood, guts, lying, cheating, drama, and etc. so I picked this book to finish throughout the other 3 that I'm reading. How refreshing was this read.

Thank you to BookBub for giving me the opportunity to receive this book for free on my Kindle. It was a feel-good read with some roots of my childhood Christianity that I lived with for so long.

The author, Sandra Byrd, didn't push scripture versus on you while you read but rather inserted them
2.5 stars
Well, I don't tend to like chick-lit, and this pretty much is. A light-hearted, easygoing story, with Lexi at the helm. I did find myself getting bored with the continual irresponsible financial choices she's always making. While I identify with the angst of budgeting, you don't quit paying on your car payment in order to get a new outfit or two or three. Lexi kept making choices that made me cringe with the idea of the consequences that they could have. She's also more than a bit boy-c
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

This book was so much fun. A little quirky, complex characters, and lots of great food add up to create a delightful opening to the French Twist series. I especially liked how relatable the characters and situations were. The surprises along the way, both good and bad, were fantastic too. The various insecurities (of several different characters) were well played throughout, which added a unique depth to the story.

Fans of Sandra Bricker's The Big Five-Oh! and Katherine Reay's
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandra (Lexi) Stuart needs to find her way in this world. She needs a job, an apartment and possibly, a boyfriend. After she finds a job in a French bakery, things seem to work pretty well for her, until she messes an order up. From that moment on, Lexi decides to really follow her heart and give her relationship with God a second chance.

I think the main reason why I loved this book was Lexi. She was not a perfect girl, she made lots of mistakes and wrong decisions, but she was believable. A
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
I can’t hold it in: the love angle behind this story surprised me! The one I thought would be the hero…turned out to be a non-hero. A great guy, but not our hero. Hmm. If that isn’t incentive to read the other books to find out who our hero is, nothing else is!

Give me a heroine who likes to cook/ bake in first person voice and character that takes action on the page and I’m so there!

This novel isn’t as much romance as I thought it would be and really I’m okay with that, because sometimes it’s
This book was boring. The description makes it sound exciting but the story, well, isn't. I have a pet peeve with whiny realistic characters, and Lexi was an extreme version. For most of the book, this is what I wanted to do to her:

She was that annoying. (view spoiler)

By the end, I felt like this: ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
DNF at 60%

Aaannnddd this is why I don't usually like contemporary fiction. Main girl can't find an apartment or a good job or a decent boyfriend? Struggles to find meaning in her life? Just graduated college? Sound familiar?

A little too familiar, maybe.

I read books mainly to escape problems like that. It's enough to have to deal with Real Life in my own life, I don't need to read about Lexi's Real Life Struggles, especially when nothing in particular seems to be driving this book, and said Lexi
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**This is a review for the whole series**

As you may have noticed, if I read fiction it tends to be of a made up world or historical. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, I guess I like that history/the past won’t change and they’re timeless. And Hobbits are going to be awesome until the end of time (a given).

But that doesn’t mean I never do, especially when it’s from an author I like! I’ve enjoyed all of Sandra Byrd’s novels up until now, so I knew that wasn’t going to change.

Plus, I’m no
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review

Oooooh-la-la, what a DELICIOUS book!!! I didn’t know what to expect with the word cake in the title, but I was NOT disappointed with this treat at all. Alexandra “Lexi” Stuart is quietly working at a company translating labels, but gets fired since she doesn’t work fast enough to make her quotas. Despite her not even liking the job, it still stings. Lexi’s vice: she LOOOOVES shopping for designer clothes at discount prices, but after being fired she learns her parents are soon moving in
Bluerose's  Heart
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lexi is in between jobs...again! She's determined to find the perfect job to fit her dreams, and insists that she shouldn't have to settle. Though she's living with her parents until she can get her act together, she's feeling the rush to get out the door not only from her parents, but herself. When she meets a handsome French guy at an upscale bakery, things start looking up...maybe.

Since reading Sandra's "Ladies in Waiting" series, and one of her YA books, Asking for Trouble, I've been anxious
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit
2nd time through: I was having a bit of a reading slump, so I decided to pick up one of my favorites. For me this book is like eating comfort food. I still love it.

1st read: I can't even begin to express how much I loved this book. I had previously read the second book, so I knew what decisions she was going to make at the end of the book. There was no suspense, and yet I still very much enjoyed the journey of reading. I cried at the end, not because it was sad, but because I loved the book so m
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every girl loves a good chick lit now and then. The best ones are the kinds that not only entertain, but also make you think and bring some perspective into your life. "Let Them Eat Cake" does all of that!

I didn't love heroine Lexi right away, I admit. There weren't a lot of points at the beginning on which I could relate to her. My pastor and I were having a conversation after church on Sunday, and he reminded me that we are all human and we need to let ourselves be human. That's hard for me. I
Christine Lindsay
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
‘Let Them Eat Cake’ was a scrumptious surprise for me. Normally, I’m not a reader of contemporary women’s fiction, but in Sandra Byrd’s latest I was truly enchanted—even won over to this genre. If you are looking for something light yet heart-tugging, funny yet realistic, something that draws you in with a gentle but riveting story then I recommend this highly. It’s about dreams coming true in a real way, without the tired, overused type of ending. A happy ending yes, but satisfying on so many l ...more
There were SO many things wrong with the story, but I'm just going to focus on one thing in particular.

The main character, Lexi, was one of the most selfish, shallow, ungrateful, spoiled characters I've read. All she does is whine and complain about how much her life sucks, and um, news flash? She has a family who loves her, she has great health, she has food to eat and a roof over her head, she has an education, good friends, and she's not gone through any abuse or trauma. WOW. What an unthankf
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.
When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually di
DNF @14%. Apparently my inability to enjoy chick lit extends to the Christian genre as well. If I were to look back at the chick lit that I have enjoyed, it was probably mis-shelved and wasn't chick lit at all.

Maybe I'm too old to enjoy this story, but I couldn't understand the heroine, who by her admission, did everything by the book, but couldn't find a job. That's not actually not what I didn't get about her. What I didn't understand was that she 1) lost her job, 2) couldn't make her car paym

A fresh story starring Lexi as a college French major grad who is looking for her place in the working world.
I liked her family and friend interactions.
She gains insights and grows as she struggles to find her niche. I loved all the French pastry and quotes. Recipes are included!
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

If you know me really well, you know that I can’t take books whose summaries ooze cheesiness. You would also know that I really avoid Christian romances if possible, even as a Christian myself. I’m sorry; it’s just that they’re usually extremely gag inducing and fake. However, for some reason, I decided to read Let Them Eat Cake. What’s even more surprising is that I finished it and enjoyed it!

This book is like your fa
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was not a huge fan of this book. The story had the potential to be good and was, at times, kind of charming, but the writing was a little too shallow for my taste. I also felt that the story seemed quite stunted. Not that the book was too short, but that each portion of the book was presented quickly, without proper development, and then the author rapidly moved on to the next thing. I was hoping for more when I picked this up at the library.
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Preachy, talked about the dangers of having sex before marriage about 200 pages in and AND used a character's history as a rape victim to make it all the more immoral. God it was so enjoyable up until the last 80 pages. Unless you are a hard core christian and want your romantic novels to preach to you, I DO NOT recommend this book. ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely great read!! I loved it!! I read it twice and will read it again!
This is the first book of this author I have read. It was a recommended young adult read for Christians.

official rating: B+ - Book was good, but not perfect. May have had minor plot holes or other problems.

- author's style 8/10 - I enjoyed the style for the most part. Sometimes the French aspects were a little confusing but it got better as the book went on. The speech of the characters were realistic.

- author's characters 10/10 - I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of the book. Some were a l
Sherry Deatrick
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well written story. It did not have the ending that I would have liked.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the premise for this book a lot... I think just about every girl who majored in a liberal arts field can understand the post-college dilemma of being poor and doing what you love, or holding down a steady job that you don't like. Lexi was flawed enough to be relatable, but still admirable in working hard to figure out her life. The only thing that rubbed me wrong was the whole Tanya story line. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the French in this book--be warned! it will make you crave French pastries, coffee, and good food--and have already requested the next two in the series from my library. It was refreshing to read a book NOT based on plotline of: girl meets guy, girl falls for guy, complication, complication resolved, girl and guy live happily ever after. I look forward to see what the author does with the rest of the series. The recipes sprinkled throughout caught my interest though most seemed ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This is my first review on GR so please bear with me). Sandra Byrd's "Let them eat cake" is a Christian chick lit novel where twenty something Lexi is trying to figure out her life after moving back home to Seattle. Her new job at a French bakery isn't what she went to college for, but it somewhat pays the bills. Like most chick lit books, cute boys are part of the picture, but I felt this book was more realistic about relationships than a lot of others in this genre. I also like how it shows h ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Sandra Bryd's modern Christian fiction romances and this one did not disappoint. Lexi just can't seem to find her niche after graduating from college with a degree in French culture and language. Every job she tries turns out to be a bust. She loves to cook and bake. When she finally takes a counter job in a small, family owned and run French cafe, she thinks perhaps she has hit pay dirt. But then everything seems to go wrong. She's enamored with her boss while being pursued by a good-loo ...more
Lesley Looper
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, 2013
I downloaded this Kindle book as a freebie onto my phone, and was 1/4 to 1/3 of the way through before I realized it was Christian fiction. The references to the Bible (included quoted verses), prayer, and church attendance increased, the farther I got into the book. If I'd known, I might not have downloaded the book, or at least wouldn't have been surprised by it.

The story, by itself, was a bit predictable, but was an interesting enough read to finish. I liked the references to France, the Fren
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by my big sister and she was right, I loved it! Lexi is searching for everything in life... a job, a place to live, a boyfriend, and a church home. God's guiding her in all this and she isn't getting the message until she starts digging into His Word. She faces some tough decisions and I can't wait to continue the series and see where she will be lead next. (I'm hoping - Dan.) So will I read the next books in the triology?... mais oui! ...more
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Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Bethany House Publishers.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Mid

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