Book Review: French Toast by Glynis Astie

Posted November 24, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


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…


*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

After reading the first part of the series, I was curious to find out what happened next with Sydney and Louis, the couple that fought so hard for their relationship. Even when the worst is far behind them, they still cannot enjoy the life together. Why? They have to please their families. Three weddings, one for Sydney’s family, one for Louis’ family and one that is supposed to be the wedding of their dreams. One wedding is stressful enough, but three?! Between organizing the weddings, Louis desperately fights to find a decent job, and in the mean time, Sydney is the one who brings money at home. And on top of everything, she has to switch the order of the weddings, just to please Louis’ mum. Hard enough?

This time I liked Sydney far better than in the previous book. Beside the fact she always panics, never says no and tries to please everyone, she has a heart of gold. The story is centered around the French wedding in Louis’ hometown. Sydney is so charming and funny when she’s learning to speak French. She falls in many hilarious situations meeting the family and the exes of her groom, desperately trying to prove that she is good enough for the gorgious and perfect Louis. And his mother is the hardest to please. She is marrying her only son and every single detail has to be perfect, even if the bride doesn’t speak French at all.

Overall, I enjoyed Sydney’s path and transformation. I still don’t get why she panics all the time and desperately tries to please the parents. It’s her wedding, for God’s sake. But her family and friends are always there for her to watch her back. Her sister and her best friend are characters that I loved much more that the MC herself. Even if it didn’t blow me away, the story is enjoyable rom com worth a read.


My rating: 7/10


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