Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Piece de Resistance - 3rd in the in the French Twist series
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Seattle WA
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sandra's Website: www.sandrabyrd.com
I absolutely loved Sandra's first book in this series called Let Them Eat Cake and her second, Bon Appetit, where we followed Lexi Stuart to France as she learned how to bake the most delectable treats from the world's greatest bakers. In her travels, she fell into "crush" with Philippe, one of the French bakers who has a daughter that Lexi absolutely loved.
In this third installment, Lexi is back in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. The French family who she studied under has opened bakeries everywhere and have offered Lexi the job of running Bijoux. This wonderful high-end catering bakery is hers and hers alone - well, except for Margot, who is Philippe's sister; Margot still hasn't taken a "shine" to the American chef, and she mostly still grumbles as she goes throughout her workday. As Lexi tries with all her might to get the new bakery off the ground, she's given just enough money for about a year, to see if she can build the business and land contracts with larger catering companies for her delicious wedding cakes.
The very first trade show she attends leaves Lexi completely upset. A competitor reports on her that she has no hand-washing station at her booth, hence closing Lexi up for the day without getting hardly any contacts for her new business. But she simply won't be denied. Lexi is a strong-willed, hard-working woman, and she is absolutely determined to make the bakery work. Heading to church, she strives to find the reasoning behind what He wants her to do, and how He wants her to play her next move. God, of course, knows far more than she, and He will lead her in the right direction. As Lexi is struggling with the business, she meets up again with her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Dan is the lawyer who she left behind in the first book, when she was offered that illustrious job of going to Paris and learning from the best. Dan has been a kind man, and waited for Lexi to get her head on straight; he has given her the time and distance for her to make up her own mind.
Of course, there is also Philippe - her Paris crush - who is in Seattle helping the new businesses thrive. He and his daughter are still a large part of Lexi's life, but as she comes back to her homeland of America she starts to realize that perhaps her feelings for Philippe were more a "movie" or a dream because of the sights and sounds of Paris, as opposed to actual real feelings. The unfortunate part, though, is that Philippe has found someone who cares for him deeply - and she for him. But his daughter is still Lexi's biggest fan and wants only her to be in the running for future step-mother.
Add on a brand new employee who is a hard-luck case but works her behind off for Lexi, and the bakery starts seeing the light, and...so does Lexi. As the business comes in-line, the mixed feelings that Lexi has for both Daniel and Philippe become more clear, and she is determined to make the right decision for her future.
Again, Ms. Byrd has written a sweet tale. And I mean that in so many ways. As always, she has placed recipes for sinful desserts throughout the book including, my favorite, a caramel latte' cake which seems to be the choice of all future brides. And when she briefly takes us back to France for a tour of a new bakery that looks like a mini-village, your mouth will absolutely water for the chocolate croissants being served on a silver platter. Enjoy!
Until next time, Amy
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