Book review: French Twist by Glynis Astie

Posted November 1, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


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…


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After several disasters in her love life, Sydney, gives up on men. But then, an amazing, almost perfect, Frenchman shows up in her life. And he fall for her.  Sydney is on the top of the world. Perfect job, perfect family, perfect life. What can possibly go wrong?

Louis works for a French company that sends him over the sea. In sunny California he meets Sydney, falls in love with her and even decides to move to California just to be close to her. He is gorgious, romantic, fun, everything that a woman could wish for. Can someone be that much perfect?

The romantic relationship between these two is full of laughter and banter. Louis tries to bring the French things to her, Sydney brings on the American way. Can these two so different personalities match together?

I love good rom coms that include gorgious French guys. But as much as I enjoyed the romantic story, I couldn’t connect with the main character. She follows her dreams, she is smart and beautiful, she has family that she can always count on, but she is full of doubts. “Why me? Why does he like me? How on Earth did he choose me? What’s the catch?” I coudn’t understand why Sydney had so little faith in herself. Almost half of the story she tries to figure out why Louis likes her. She always needs someone else to aprove what she does, or even her looks. There were moments when I wanted to shout at her: “C’mon  girl, you are great, you deserve to be loved!”

I recently found out that this book was based on a true story. I am quite happy that the author found her perfect Frenchman. Overall, French Twist is a charming and fun romantic story, very easy to read,  and I am curious what is going to happen in the second book, because this French romance continues.


My rating: 7/10


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