Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd and Aussie Giveaway

Embarking on her lifetime dream, Lexi Stuart has left the comfort of Seattle and the possibility of love, to live and learn in the city of love itself....Paris.

Anticipating being welcomed with open arms by the family of her former boss, Lexi is disappointed. Held at arms length and struggling to make friends in the competitive environment of L'Ecole du Patisserie where she is studying the art of becoming a pastry chef, Lexi fears she will be a failure.

As Lexi explores her faith, delights in the friendship of little Celine and her "Oo la la" father, Philippe Delacroix, and pursues her passion for cooking, she begins to appreciate that although life's choices may not be easy, fulfilment can be measured in many different ways.

It was an epicurean delight to once again delve into Lexi's life as she pursues her love of France and food! Sandra Byrd writes with joy, humour and delectable accuracy. Paris and its people come to life as Lexi escorts the reader from the Eiffel Tower to the Chateau de Versailles, from patisseries to restaurants and straight into her heart and mind as she struggles with loneliness and embraces joy. I am so glad that Lexi's journey has not finished and I am eagerly anticipating the final French Twist tale, Pièce de Résistance
. Bon Appetit will whet any discerning reader's appetite for fabulous and fun fiction and the included recipes are asking to be tried out!

Relz Reviewz Extras

of Let Them Eat Cake

Visit Sandra's website and blog

Buy Sandra's books at Amazon and Koorong

Aussie Giveaway

Thanks to the lovely folk at Waterbrook Multnomah, I have two copies of Bon Appetit to giveaway. To enter:~

1. You must have an Australian postal address

2. Post a comment before midnight 2nd November, 2008

3. Tell me your favourite pastry/cake or a place in Paris you really want to see.


Anonymous said...

ok, now, i am pretty desperate to win a copy of this book so if i leave you 15 flattering comments will you enter me 15 times?? :)

so that's not a serious question, although i'd do it if it would work, but please enter me once!

my favourite cake would probably be bee sting/bienenstich (sp?)...although i also really like Napoleon cake--which happens to have pastry in it too and reminds me of my nan (who died a couple years back) since i think i've only ever eaten it at her house! :)

Tracy said...

I'm going to rival SE Country Wife!!!! I LOVED Let Them Eat Cake. Does reviewing for you earn me extra chances?? LOL...just kidding.

My favourite cake or pastry? I love Tira Misu for cake. Pastry, I have a thing for croissants. Warmed with ham & cheese for lunch, or with lashings of real butter and strawberry jam for breakfast.

Bee Stings are pretty fantastic too though ... profiteroles ... vanilla slice. Yeah, there's a reason I tend to steer clear of bakeries! I could add a few kg just thinking about the delights I could devour!

Unknown said...

Im not really sure but boy that looks yummy.
I do love Blackforrest cake and love cream buns. Jelly cakes are yummy too.
please enter me.

Anonymous said...

It would have to be my mother's finnish cinnamon pastry (called korvapuusti). That straight from the oven... makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Please enter me in!


Anonymous said...

I'm feeling hungry just reading all the comments! Neenish tarts and vanialla slice, also chocolate eclairs! Yummy.

Thanks Rel

Danielle said...

I am with Kristy -- bee sting is AMAZING!

Please enter me! daniellecentral [at]

Naomi said...

A cherry danish can win me every time. I think I have read the first one of this, it sounds great.

Anonymous said...

The book sounds really good, I would have to read the first one first though. My fav pastry/cake would have to be ... vanilla slice and cheesecake yum yum would you be able to put me into the draw pls =D

Anonymous said...

My favorite cake is the Butternut cake my momma makes. I think it would be a little too Southern for France! If I ever get the chance to go to France, I think I would try all the pastries that have chocolate in them! (But at the moment, nothing is taking my fancy!!!! LOL) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Set me loose in a bakery and I head towards continental vanilla slices or fruit/custard tart. Unless there is a beesting.... what a choice!
When I one day get to Paris I want to see the Eifle tower, the masterpieces.... I'll keep dreaming.
thanks for another great review Rel!

Anonymous said...

I would have to say that tiramisu and chocolate cake are the best!! After reading Daring Chloe I would like to see the art galleries and the paintings ect. of Rodin(not sure of spelling) and of course I want to try all the nice food.

Christina Tarabochia said...

If I only lived in the right country to win this! I, too, loved the first one. In fact, it's so well written and discrete in the sexual tension, I even passed it along to my preteen daughter because I loved the moral messages.

It's been a while since I've been here, but I was missing Donna Fleisher--since she's so busy doing REAL writing--and thought I'd come say hi! :-)

Anonymous said...

A book with recipes sounds fantastic, and then for it to also deal with fulfillment from lifes choices sounds like an intersting read.
Daring Chloe made me love all of paris, especially the gallery that had the lilly painting as well as the beautiful images of the Eiffel Tower.
My favorite cake would have to be a vanilla slice and i would love to visit the Eiffel tower.
Louise Veenstra

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