Title: French Twist
Author: Glynis Astie
Published Date: August 27th 2013
Genre: Romantic Comedy
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.
Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist…
The characters in French Twist were delightful. Louis is almost too good to be true; no one could have avoided falling for his charm. Sydney is a bundle of nerves who is filled with self-doubt due to undescribed prior dating fiascos. Their romance is a whirlwind. Friends and family are shocked by the speed at which the relationship progresses. Sydney is so stunned at Louis’ declaration of love and proposal, that she questions his motives.
From their very first meeting to their initial wedding (that’s right, there will be more than one), the attraction between Louis and Sydney is undeniable. The characters sense of humor is adorable and will keep readers chuckling. How many books tackle the issue of the first fart? Ms. Astie does so with penache.
While I found this book to be a page-turner, I became annoyed with the descriptions of the outfits Sydney wore for each date as well as her frequent come back comment of “You suck”. Overall a charming rom-com and a good debut novel. I’m sure the rest of Ms. Astie’s series will be just as fun.
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