This one of the readable books I downloaded on Kindle Unlimited. Though it is a second novel in the French Twist series, it was easy to follow the story. Lexi is in France to learn to be a Pastry chef. Her employer enrolls her in a prestigious pastry school and while she goes to school she also works at the village bakery. I loved the food descriptions and the recipes that suddenly popped out of the novel. The ideal place to read this book is at a bakery! You could devour cake after cake as you turn the pages!
The plot is simple and sweet. Lexi’s pastry school is very demanding and wants to make her the best pastry chef ever. Lonely in a foreign country where people are unfriendly in the beginning, Lexi finds solace in the friendship of Celine, her employer’s motherless daughter. Philippe, her employer is a widower who is interested in dating her but complication arrives in the form of Dan, Lexi’s lawyer friend. Lexi is in a dilemma and she tries to seek Christ’s help in deciding which man to fall in love with…
I liked the setting and the background of the story and subtle way it flowed through. Sandra Byrd’s French country life seems very idyllic and I have since marked it as a one of the places to visit in my bucket list. Sandra’s language is smooth and lucid.
My only complaint in this whole novel was the christian theme that seems to be sticking out like a sore thumb! Lexi goes to an Anglican church and finds that Philippe and Celine too go there… While this is a good move to keep the story rolling, Lexi trying to preach and chide her friend into joining the Church serves no purpose and it doesn’t quite ‘gel’ with the story. (On a personal note, I have nothing against christianity, church or Jesus Christ. I would have said that same thing if the protagonist had suddenly started preaching the readers about Krishna and Rama!)
Apart from this one obvious issue, the book was quite interesting and will certainly make you google out ‘French Pastry Shops’ in your city. My advice is that take your Kindle along with you and sit there and read through the novel even as the appetizing delicious flavors of baked bread, Cinnamon and Chocolate waft through 🙂
Verdict: A worthy book to download from Kindle Unlimited