Monday, September 8, 2008
Let Them Eat Cake
Who said that moving out and getting a life would be a piece of cake?
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 turn 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 flirtations baker—but even he may not be who he seems!
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 revolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectation for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future—tres bon!
~ Back Cover Let Them Eat Cake
Lexi Stuart is a delight to know. She is a butterfly newly emerged from her cocoon spreading her wrinkled wings and attempting flight. But she’s miserable at it. She’s been fired from the job she hates, and she can’t even bring herself to voice it to her parents. Why does she have to be a lawyer or something else equally lofty and dignified? Why can’t she just tend a cash register in a bakery? That’s what she really wants to do, so she throws caution to the wind and takes the job. It helps that her boss is a hot Frenchman.
Lexi’s bumbling start on her new life as an adult is humorous and on some level, familiar to us all. What makes Lexi special is that she’s been at it some time and still seems to have gotten nowhere. Maybe God can help?
I appreciated the little lessons in French culture and cuisine, as well as the graphics throughout. Nice touch, Ms. Byrd.
Let Them Eat Cake is a delicious read (pun intended) and one that I enjoyed from cover to cover.
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