Thursday, September 04, 2008
Review: Bon Appetit
I loved this book! In fact, I'm going back to buy book one... this book stands completely on its own, though it's the second in the series.
Bon Appetit is a delightful story about a young woman chasing her dreams -- all the way across the ocean. Lexi Stuart lands in France to attend chef school so that she can become a pastry chef. While she attends school, she also works at a family-owned set of bakeries.
The book is filled with challenges for Lexi, and she's not your perfect heroine. She has flaws, but a wonderful perspective and sense of humor. This is the best of chick lit.
As she works her way through school in a strange culture, she is lonely. The differences between French and American culture comes through. I felt like I was back in France wandering the streets of charming towns. And feeling the exact same aloneness that Lexi did as she wandered through a museum on her own.
Lexi is resilient, and fights her way through the hard decisions. She milks the experience for what it's worth, even as she wonders what God has for her when school closes. Romance seems possible, but she makes the difficult choices. And the book doesn't conclude the series -- at all -- but the ending was so satisfying.
I can't wait to read more of this author's books -- she's become a new favorite -- and I have high hopes I'll enjoy future books as much as I did this one.