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Monday, 21 July 2014


Reading this week focused on Paris 
and all things French for participation in
Paris in July 2014.
Here's what I enjoyed last week ~
Sandra Byrd's delectable #1 in the
French Twist series ~ Let Them Eat Cake
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 favourite 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 disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye on–but even he may not be who he seems!
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!
time to stop trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life...
Bon Appetit   #2
{bonus! picked up as a free ebook}

J'adore!  Immersion into the Paris culture and culinary school strictures along with Lexi.  As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and alternate between 2 local bakeries, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and French culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.  A totally satisfying read.

I've also had fun going through my books to find Paris/French 
connections.  Found more in my kindle library, then today's mail held a delightful package ~
the August 5th Release from Sarah Sundin that fulfills the French component.

Book three in Sarah's exciting WWII series, Wings of Nightingale 
(can be read as a standalone). 

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love.
 How can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt. Kay Jobson's, considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to
believe in the power of love.    
    ~ from Publisher Revell Books
I'll be choosing from a great lineup.  Now if I have any audios to support the theme, 
I'll be a happy driver on my drive to the country later this week!
Feel free to add your Paris/French favs in comments ~
always good to have options and the library is open in summer 
for us reading fanatics!

Find more selections at Sheila's Book Journey
and Miz B's Monday Musings
Why not add yours?!
~ Happy Summer Reading ~



What's up for week 4 posted at Tamara's Thyme for Tea

FHC Paris on Pinterest {worth a peek!}



Jane Austen readers getting ready for Austen in August ?

A brand new Austen Giveaway has just begun at Old Fashioned Charm which you might want to check out!
A variety of JA book selections up for the WIN !
July 20 - 26th

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Constance said...

Hi Faith,
visiting you from Anita's link party, and now I am going to go to Amazon and order the book!
Can't wait to read it, you make it sound so interesting!

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I don't think I've ever read a book I didn't like about Paris (and I've read quite a few :). The two you mentioned sound really good, as well!

JC Jones said...

Nice Choices.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Faith,

Lovely to discover your blog and thanks for sharing the books.
Always enjoy reading books about France or Paris. At the moment I am reading " Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod which I am enjoying.
Happy week

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Great to hear your appreciation for reading and Paris reading in particular! Thanks for taking time to share here at FHC - always a pleasure to meet new readers ... =)

Constance said...

Ordered the let them eat cake book! It is on its way:)

Bluerose said...

I love Sandra's writing, and enjoyed the French Twist series, too! :)

Stormi said...

Oh I love those Sandra Byrd books! They are so cute! Happy reading.


Adria said...

Can I be really self promoting here and mention my own novel? "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" is the story of four strangers whose lives entwine in Montmartre. It's available as an e-book through Amazon, iBookstore, Nook and Kobo and it is in English in spite of the French title! Merci!

Tamara said...

Faith, you've presented some interesting novels here. The war time story looks very interesting. Here in Australia, we feel connected to war time stories like this, yet so for away from their locations. Thanks for sharing these links as part of Paris in July.

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