Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Let Them Eat Cake (Sandra Byrd) Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

20. Let Them Eat Cake  by Sandra Byrd

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!

My Review:
Lexi has been struggling to get her life together. Life after college isn't always easy as it may seem. Getting a job (and keeping a job at that rate) is harder than. She assumed. And living with and up to her parents' high expectations is no easy task either. A chance encounter finally lands her a job that she's good at in a bakery. It's still not good enough for her family, but she ends up enjoying it. Lexi discovers that baking is what truly makes her happy, even though she starts ad a counter person. As she begins to progress through her newfound career, Lexi is able to develop her skills little by little. It shows that you have to start at the bottom and work yourself up the career ladder, just like in real life. 

As Lexi is making something of herself, she still has to prove that to everyone else. Whether it's messing up an order by accident (mistakes happen), not having a job that doesn't please her parents or coworkers that don't believe in her skills, Lexi has a lot to prove. She soon realizes that the only way to live her life is by trusting in God's plans, as well as living her life the way that makes her happy. I liked how the relationship between Lexi and Sophie developed and grew as they started believing in each other. And I appreciated how Lexi was able to help Sophie in believing in God again, just like herself. I feel like it's okay to doubt God at times, but then go through the process of rediscovering Him and trusting in His ways. 

Lastly, I enjoyed the French sayings and phrases throughout the book, especially at the beginning of each other. I took French for four years in high school and I can still read and understand a little. Don't worry, the phrases are also in English.



  1. Would this be considered a New Adult book? Seems like there's a lot of them coming out nowadays.

    1. Yes. To be honest, I had to look that up to see what you meant. ~Meg