Title: French Toast (The French Twist Series #2)
Author: Glynis Astie
Published Date: April 2rd 2014
Genre: Romantic Comedy
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Sydney Bennett is back! And her pursuit of perfection is alive and well. Naïve to the core, Sydney believed that when she finally married the man of her dreams, the hard part was over. Following a civil ceremony as a means to keep Louis from being deported, Sydney continues to plan the fairytale wedding that she had dreamed of since the age of five. Much to her chagrin, she discovers that her mother-in-law is planning what seems to be a rival wedding in France that SHE has been dreaming about for her only child since before he was born. How will poor Sydney be able to ensure two perfect weddings in the midst of Louis’ fruitless job search? Especially when her mother-in-law’s idea of perfection appears to be having Sydney embarrass herself in front of hundreds of French people that she has never met?
As if she didn’t have enough on her mind already, Sydney finds herself faced with the trials and tribulations of being a wife. Sydney had always heard that marriage was hard, but she thought that this was just a ruse that married couples portrayed in a bid to make single girls feel less desperate. But as the bills pile up and emotions run high, she realizes that there may just be some truth to this statement. And as she watches Louis’ perfection fade away before her very eyes, she begins to wonder if she made a rash decision in marrying a man that she had known for a mere six months. With all of the obstacles that Sydney and Louis will encounter, will they be raising their glasses in celebration or watching their impulsive marriage crash and burn? One thing is for certain, Sydney and Louis Durand are headed for one hell of a toast…
After their whirlwind romance and wedding, Sydney and Louis try to settle into married life. However, they’re thrown a few curve balls. The first is the loss of a job which puts an incredible strain on their marriage. The second is Louis’ family. His keep-up-with-Jones mother insists on throwing a lavish wedding for them in their small French town. Her idea of a wedding celebration includes more than a week of activities, and although she has been given carte blanche to plan all the events, she incessantly calls for Louis’ input and to inform him of schedule changes and additions. The last curve ball is that Louis is so busy looking for work, finding and keeping work, that he has little time to devote to the oh-so-needy Sydney.
In French Toast, we meet more of Sydney’s friends and all of Louis’ relatives. Each additional character was a welcome addition to the story. Louis’ parents, Simone and Michel, and his cousins and ex-girlfriends provide much of the comedy. All the antics over the two-week celebration are close to too much for Sydney; there were times I thought she needed a therapist, but then the love of her life, Louis, calmed her down.
Once the happily married (again) couple returns to the US, life continues to be one hurdle after another as they plan for their third and final wedding. After all, Sydney still needed the wedding she has dreamt of since she was a little girl. One of the most delightful aspects of this book is that we get to know Sydney’s stepfather more. He always seems to know when to give a hug or tell a joke. His words of wisdom and wedding toasts were all special.
While I found this book to be engaging and zanily funny, I found Sydney’s anxiety-ridden inner monologue tiresome after a while. The book would have been far more intriguing if more dialogue had been included and if more details of Sydney’s escapades with her mother-in-law, Simone, had been added in. Overall a charming rom-com and a good follow-up novel. I’m sure the Ms. Astie’s next book, French Fry, will be equally entertaining.
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