Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Let Them Eat Cake" by Sandra Byrd

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 disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye–but even may not be who he seems to be!
  So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed– she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future–très bon!

Series: Book #1 in the “French Twist” series.  

Spiritual Content- Many Scriptures are quoted, read, mentioned, remembered & thought over; Bible reading; Many prayers & Thanking God; Church & Mass going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capital; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers; Many mentions of churches, church going, finding a church, worship & services; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of peace; Mentions of Christians, faiths & religions; Mentions of Sunday school, youth group & a singles group; Mentions of Easter; Mentions of going to Church on holidays; A few mentions of talks about God; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of a Christian school; A few mentions of Mass; A few mentions of popes; A few mentions of saints; A few mentions of cross necklaces; A couple mentions of casting lots in the Bible; A couple mentions of that Lexi’s dad doesn’t do church;
*Note: Mentions of a woman minister on TV & her House of Miracles; A few mentions of a person believing in mixed religions (Buddhism, Hinduism & adding a bit of Christianity); A mention of a cult; A mention of a spell.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, a ‘Mon Dieu’ (My God), a ‘sheehs’, a ‘shut up’ a form of ‘sissy’, three forms of ‘dumb’ and five ‘stupid’s; Eye rolling; Drinking wine; Mentions of wine; Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; Mentions of piercings & tattoos; A few mentions of college parties & frat boys; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of mixing a cocktail; A couple mentions of tobacco; A couple mentions of being constipated; A couple mentions of lies; A mention of a dead body;
             *Note: Mentions of pop-culture (Petticoat Junction, The Jetsons, Barbie, Easy Bake Ovens, Pirates of the Caribbean, Starbucks, & Star Trek) Mentions of celebrities (John Travolta, Betty Crocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson, & Madonna) Mentions of sites like Monster, AllRecipes & Craigslist; A few mentions of Nordstrom & Dansko Ingrid shoes.

Sexual Content- seven cheek (greeting/parting) kisses; Touches & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Talks about sex, virgins, being touched sexually, a date rape, consensual sex & waiting for sex (no true details or hints); two forms of ‘hot’; Many mentions of breakups, dating, boyfriends, guys & dates; Mentions of smelling, noticing & touching (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a date rape (Lexi’s best friend was); Mentions of greeting kisses; Mentions of flirts & flirting; A few mentions of a boyfriend wanting sex, but Lexi says no (she wonders later if making love early would have been that bad); A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of whistles towards a girl; A couple mentions of a woman who was pregnant when she got married; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A tiny bit of Love, thinking about falling in love & the emotions;
             *Note: A couple mentions of PMS; A couple mentions of a woman’s figure; A couple mentions of a clothing line for woman called Sag Harbor; A mention of a mom’s post-menopausal curves; A mention of lingerie; A mention of an outfit that left little to the imagination; A mention of a Harlequin ad; A mention of working a butt off.

-Alexandra “Lexi” Stuart
                                     1st person P.O.V. of Lexi
                                                        310 pages

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My personal Rating-
Because this was written almost ten years ago, certain pop-culture references really made the book feel dated. Also, Lexi. While she got on my nerves with certain comments or ideas, Lexi felt very human (or whiny) in her faults. I do have to say I liked Tanya better and thought her to be very strong. Sophie was also an interesting side character. Lexi, though, she wasn’t my favorite. I’m not all that interested in reading what happens to her next (and reading a drawn-out love story), so I don’t plan to continue the series.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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