REVIEW: French Toast by Glynis Astie

French Toast Book Cover French Toast
Glynis Astie
Chick Lit

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…

I received a copy of French Twist and French Toast by Glynis Astie in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.

French Toast, and it’s prequel French Twist, by Glynis Astie tell the story of how she met and married her French husband in six short month… and then proceeded to have three weddings, in three different time zones!

The plot was almost too cheesy to bear – until you remembered that it was based on a true story. Astie actually WAS swept off her feet by a charming Frenchman, and married him six months later! The fact that the story was true meant that instead of feeling annoyed at the fairytale love story, you felt hopeful and happy for the unlikely pair.

In French Twist, we meet protagonist Sydney (based on Astie herself), a stress-head who constantly doubted that the cliché love story she was living, and thought it must be too good to be true. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I’d be thinking, so her over-analysing rang true with me throughout the book. Luckily, her amazing family was there to diffuse any explosions of Sydney’s crazy, and saw her through to her wedding day without too many disasters.

French Toast picked up where the first book left off, with chaotic preparations for weddings number two and three (I’ll let you find out for yourself why three weddings were absolutely necessary), and stress-head Sydney is in full swing. It turns out that a speedy marriage isn’t all romance, and everyday life starts to take it’s toll on the lovebirds.

French Twist by Glynis AstieI read both books in sequence, but I think you would still enjoy French Toast on it’s own. That said, when you find a good book, more is always better, so why not start at the beginning! Both books are written in a fairly casual style, with some little asides to the reader that make you feel as though Sydney is telling her story just for you.

I particularly liked the supporting characters in the novels, and think the books wouldn’t have been the same without them. Sydney’s cheeky father and perfect sister in particular were great, and I’d love it if my family were  more like hers!

I’m looking forward to reading the third instalment of the series, French Fry, upon it’s release. You’ve still got time to read the first two books before the third comes out, so I recommend you grab then ASAP! You can find them on Book Depository here and here, or the ebooks on Amazon here and here.

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