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Let Them Eat Cake
by Sandra Byrd
Order:  USA  Can
WaterBrook Press, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

Lexi never expected to be living at home in her mid-twenties, working at a job she hates, and still never having been to France (the closest she's come is French Canada). A French major in college, she struggles with how to apply her degree to something practical. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad are moving to a retirement community so she has got to find a job that can pay for an apartment quickly.

Working at L'Esperance, a small French bakery, seems to fulfill Lexi's desire for both French surroundings and baking. Although she starts as counter help, she is sure she will be able to move up eventually, especially after hearing the attractive Frenchman Luc talk about an assistant manager position.

Throughout the novel, Lexi works to find her place within her family, her working environment, and the world in general. She also tries to reconnect with the Christianity of her childhood. Some Christian readers might take offense over the alcohol consumption in this novel and the fact that Lexi considers whether she should have slept with her ex-boyfriend (although she does determine that she made the right decision). I found the relationship between Lexi's spiritual search and the rest of the plot a little detached.

Let Them Eat Cake is a cute tale of a young woman's search for independence - and a little romance! Sandra Byrd has presented a good story complete with French proverbs and some delicious-looking recipes to boot. I can't wait to try out Lexi's Boyfriend Bait Beef Stroganoff.

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