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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 sis 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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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 sis 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...

30 review for French Twist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cathrine Machalski

    This was written by a very good friend. This disclosure is important because i do not read any romance or comedic type books. What I found was a laugh out loud type story with a very funny main character. Sydney is so well developed so consistent that you can't help but be drawn in to her insanely funny view. I enjoyed this from start to finish and helped edit the upcoming sequel. This light-hearted story will at a minimum have you snickering and if you give in to its playful tale - smiling and This was written by a very good friend. This disclosure is important because i do not read any romance or comedic type books. What I found was a laugh out loud type story with a very funny main character. Sydney is so well developed so consistent that you can't help but be drawn in to her insanely funny view. I enjoyed this from start to finish and helped edit the upcoming sequel. This light-hearted story will at a minimum have you snickering and if you give in to its playful tale - smiling and laughing from start to to finish.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. French Twist is Glynis Astie's debut novel. It is loosely based on real life events. French Twist is a light-hearted love story. The characters in French Twist were delightful. Louis is almost too good to be true; no one could have avoided falling for his charm. Sydney is a bundle of nerves who is filled with self-doubt due to undescribed prior dating fiascos. Their romance is a whirlwind. Friends and family are shoc I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. French Twist is Glynis Astie's debut novel. It is loosely based on real life events. French Twist is a light-hearted love story. The characters in French Twist were delightful. Louis is almost too good to be true; no one could have avoided falling for his charm. Sydney is a bundle of nerves who is filled with self-doubt due to undescribed prior dating fiascos. Their romance is a whirlwind. Friends and family are shocked by the speed at which the relationship progresses. Sydney is so stunned at Louis' declaration of love and proposal, that she questions his motives. From their very first meeting to their initial wedding (that's right, there will be more than one), the attraction between Louis and Sydney is undeniable. The characters sense of humor is adorable and will keep readers chuckling. How many books tackle the issue of the first fart? Ms. Astie does so with penache. While I found this book to be an engaging page-turner, I became annoyed with the descriptions of the outfits Sydney wore for each date as well as her frequent come back comment of "You suck". Overall a cute rom-com and a good debut novel. I'm sure the rest of Ms. Astie's series will be just as fun. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng ***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tarica Laboss

    I purchased this book because it was $0.99 via Bookbub and it had really great reviews online. I figured this could be a sweet and light summer read. However, after the first few chapters, I found myself becoming increasingly irritated at the severe lack of depth and originality in both the characters and the plot line. The story follows a semi-eventful stream of one woman's casually neurotic everyday romance woes. Not so twisty considering this has already been done before. I literally stopped I purchased this book because it was $0.99 via Bookbub and it had really great reviews online. I figured this could be a sweet and light summer read. However, after the first few chapters, I found myself becoming increasingly irritated at the severe lack of depth and originality in both the characters and the plot line. The story follows a semi-eventful stream of one woman's casually neurotic everyday romance woes. Not so twisty considering this has already been done before. I literally stopped reading 3/4 of the way through because the story-line became so trite and repetitive. You would think if one were write a story featuring a whirlwind romance with a sexy Frenchman they would do their best to avoid a paltry cliche. Apparently not. I only got as far as I did hoping for an actual "twist" to appear, but this book definitely fell short of any truly climactic or original engagement. Granted, it was a cute little idea - and maybe this just wasn't what I was expecting upon purchasing the book - but still, an insecure chic getting married does not a 5 star story make.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Biel

    What a cute story! The zany, ok, crazy girl who is destined to stay single forever meets, falls for and has a whirlwind relationship with a hunky Frenchman. Stories that almost seem unbelievable, except that this book is loosely based upon the author's own life. I would guess there is more truth than fiction in this story. I wish Ms. Astie had delved a bit more into Sydney's disastrous dating history to help explain why she was so unsure of herself. Perhaps more will come in the next novel ... c What a cute story! The zany, ok, crazy girl who is destined to stay single forever meets, falls for and has a whirlwind relationship with a hunky Frenchman. Stories that almost seem unbelievable, except that this book is loosely based upon the author's own life. I would guess there is more truth than fiction in this story. I wish Ms. Astie had delved a bit more into Sydney's disastrous dating history to help explain why she was so unsure of herself. Perhaps more will come in the next novel ... can't wait to read it and find out! Looking forward to reading more from Ms. Astie. A very solid and enjoyable debut novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Laceby

    Cute, bubbly, romantic and full of hope.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Alright, I have to level with you. I don't read much chick lit these days even though romantic comedies are my fave thing in the world. Who doesn't love a good glass of vino, some chocolate, and a totally fabulous hunk sweeping a gal (just like you) off her feet? At first I wasn't quite sure what to think... When Sydney says she's crazy, she means BUSINESS. At times, Sydney had me questioning my own sanity right along with her. But as I delved deeper into the story of her whirlwind romance and co Alright, I have to level with you. I don't read much chick lit these days even though romantic comedies are my fave thing in the world. Who doesn't love a good glass of vino, some chocolate, and a totally fabulous hunk sweeping a gal (just like you) off her feet? At first I wasn't quite sure what to think... When Sydney says she's crazy, she means BUSINESS. At times, Sydney had me questioning my own sanity right along with her. But as I delved deeper into the story of her whirlwind romance and courtship, I started to remember what it felt like to be young and insecure. If I am being completely honest, I think I was just as terrified when I fell in love with my own husband and my crazy might have rivaled her own in some ways. ;) I could totally and completely relate to this young woman in that regard. I have a hard time seeing someone (so clearly awesome) have such low self esteem even though I know every single one of us has been there. It's a female thing... right, ladies??? What really took me by surprise (and thrilled me), was that I felt myself growing to honestly love and adore Sydney as she evolved into a more confident and easy-going woman. Love really did transform her. It wasn't that she changed for a man, it was that he made her a better person. Cue the audible romantic sighs... There were some really funny moments that had me giggling (the, uh... gassy... afternoon on the couch and the airplane ride), as well as some truly heartfelt moments between family & friends that had me near tears. My biggest complaint was that I often felt like many of these shining moments were cut short. I was left wanting to explore these great moments just a bit more. Also, I love clothes as much as the next girl, but I felt a bit of time was wasted describing different outfits. I'd much rather have heard more of the funny dialogue about that bit of neuroses. I only say that because I do that EVERY time I go out to this day, so I can relate. I just think the conversation surrounding it is so much more interesting. All of that said, "French Twist" is a delightful story and a surprisingly enjoyable read. If you're looking for something light and fluffy (think beach read), it fits the bill. This is the stuff rom-coms are made of! I look forward to the second installment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annabel Krantz

    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 l 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. I 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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Inspired by her real life whirlwind six month romance and marriage to her French husband, Sebastien, author Glynis Astie weaves an entertaining romantic comedy series called The French Twist Series! In French Twist, the first book in the series, the reader is introduced to Sydney Bennett, a single twenty-something New Yorker who has moved to San Francisco. Sydney hasn't been lucky in the romance area, but when she meets handsome Louis Durand, who is town on business, Sydney is swept off her feet Inspired by her real life whirlwind six month romance and marriage to her French husband, Sebastien, author Glynis Astie weaves an entertaining romantic comedy series called The French Twist Series! In French Twist, the first book in the series, the reader is introduced to Sydney Bennett, a single twenty-something New Yorker who has moved to San Francisco. Sydney hasn't been lucky in the romance area, but when she meets handsome Louis Durand, who is town on business, Sydney is swept off her feet and finds herself in a whirlwind love affair that leads to marriage in six short months! In French Toast, the second book in the series, Sydney's story continues after her civil ceremony to Louis. She makes plans for a fairytale wedding in California that she has dreamed of having since she was a child, only to have her mother-in-law planning a rival wedding in the France! Suddenly their whirlwind love affair and impulsive wedding is anything but romantic when drama, mishaps, and real life trials and tribulations stand in their way to happily ever after! The French Twist Series is a thoroughly entertaining set of romantic comedies. The reader can't help but get drawn into Sydney and Louis' whirlwind love affair, and follow their martial adventures as they deal with the crazy antics, drama, and mishaps that ensue when real life catches up with them. I loved that the author uses the inspiration from her own real life whirlwind romance and marriage to her French husband to create a series that has a wonderful mix of humor, romance, wit, and sarcasm. I look forward to reading the continuation of their story in French Fry, the upcoming third book in the series. Both French Twist and French Toast are a lighthearted fun read that will keep you in stitches and make you a believer that fairytale romances really do exist ... even when real life puts obstacles in the way! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review 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 Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review 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 gorgeous, 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 gorgeous 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 couldn’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 approve 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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    This delightful tale tells the story of Sydney and Louis. Sydney is a human resources professional who has had a run of bad luck in the dating department. At a bar with a friend one night she meets Louis, a charming and attractive Frenchman who is temporarily in the city on assignment with his company. Sparks fly between them and what follows is a whirlwind courtship that is engagingly told in this romantic comedy. I quite enjoyed this book! It is written in the first person point of view of Sydn This delightful tale tells the story of Sydney and Louis. Sydney is a human resources professional who has had a run of bad luck in the dating department. At a bar with a friend one night she meets Louis, a charming and attractive Frenchman who is temporarily in the city on assignment with his company. Sparks fly between them and what follows is a whirlwind courtship that is engagingly told in this romantic comedy. I quite enjoyed this book! It is written in the first person point of view of Sydney as though it were a diary entry or a very detailed letter to a good friend. All of Sydney's personality quirks, thoughts and emotions come through clearly as her initial hesitancy to trust Louis' interest in her eventually gives way to the belief that he has fallen in love with her and vice versa. Although at times Sydney comes across as high maintenance, she is overall a caring and sweet woman. Louis is equally personable as a friendly, outgoing, charming man. Both character's personality pluses and minuses are engagingly portrayed, as are their interactions with Sydney's family and friends who make up an important part of the story. While in some instances the minutiae of detail were a little extreme for my tastes, the overall fun and romantic charm of the book left me smiling. If you are looking for a lighthearted, entertaining, sweet romantic comedy this book is for you . 4 stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Barton

    Sydney Bennett seems to have it all - a supportive and loving family, a good job and caring friends. Unfortunately, Sydney has been unlucky in love and she’s beginning to wonder if she’s destined to grow old alone. After a series of dating disasters, Sydney is ready to throw in the towel. After all, she’s in her late twenties and the big 3-0 isn't too far ahead. But an unexpected encounter with a handsome Frenchman (Louis) has her wondering if true love might actually be within her grasp. French Sydney Bennett seems to have it all - a supportive and loving family, a good job and caring friends. Unfortunately, Sydney has been unlucky in love and she’s beginning to wonder if she’s destined to grow old alone. After a series of dating disasters, Sydney is ready to throw in the towel. After all, she’s in her late twenties and the big 3-0 isn't too far ahead. But an unexpected encounter with a handsome Frenchman (Louis) has her wondering if true love might actually be within her grasp. French Twist is a sweet, lighthearted romance novel. The message is clear: Love really can find you when you least expect it. Glynis Astie does a nice job of proving that not all romance novels have to be filled with one catastrophe after another...there doesn’t have to be ten tedious break-ups and make-ups before the end of the book to keep readers engaged. Ms. Astie details some brief glitches in the romance between Sydney and Louis, but then quickly moves on. Sydney Bennett did seem to worry a bit more than she needed to, but considering her dating background, I was able to cut her some slack. As a self-professed cynic, I kept waiting for the disaster to occur, but it never did. French Twist is truly a feel-good, happy book. I would recommend French Twist if you’re looking for a charming, appealing poolside read. I look forward to reading Ms. Astie’s next novel, French Toast. eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

    I can't believe that it took me so long to start this series! My apologies Glynis, I didn't know what I was missing. :) Let me begin by saying that Sydney and I are more a like that I care to admit. From the trust issues with men, to horrible dating stories and major panic attacks! I am right there with ya Sydney! She has the life that many of us could dream about. The ability to move across county, found an amazing job and...Ok so she doesn't have everything...her love life is in shambles. From o I can't believe that it took me so long to start this series! My apologies Glynis, I didn't know what I was missing. :) Let me begin by saying that Sydney and I are more a like that I care to admit. From the trust issues with men, to horrible dating stories and major panic attacks! I am right there with ya Sydney! She has the life that many of us could dream about. The ability to move across county, found an amazing job and...Ok so she doesn't have everything...her love life is in shambles. From one bad break up to the next she can't catch a break...will she ever trust again? Then one night Sydney goes out for a night on the town and she meets a gorgeous Frenchman. Louis couldn't be more perfect if he tries...he's got the look, the style, and that drop dead gorgeous voice...And he wants Sydney! There is an instant connection from the very beginning. Sydney keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. There has to be a problem with Louis and Sydney is sure that it will show its ugly head sooner rather than later. Their relationship proceeds at the speed of light...talks of moving in and the m word are dropped...What is Sydney to do? Does she let down her guards and go with it? Does she push away this seemingly perfect man because there HAS to be a flaw? Grab a bottle of wine and sit back and finds out Sydney and Louis, can their relationship survive all the craziness ahead?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    Sometimes I want to get swept away in a book that reads like a fairytale - where a normal, down-to-earth girl meets an amazing man, falls head over heels in love and lives happily ever after. French Twist by Glynis Astie fits that bill like a glove. Sydney Bennett lives a relatively ordinary existence as a single late twenty-something in San Francisco - she works during the day, lives with a roommate, has her share of nightmare relationships. And then one night, she meets Louis - a sexy, sophisti Sometimes I want to get swept away in a book that reads like a fairytale - where a normal, down-to-earth girl meets an amazing man, falls head over heels in love and lives happily ever after. French Twist by Glynis Astie fits that bill like a glove. Sydney Bennett lives a relatively ordinary existence as a single late twenty-something in San Francisco - she works during the day, lives with a roommate, has her share of nightmare relationships. And then one night, she meets Louis - a sexy, sophisticated, charismatic man on business from France who sweeps her off her feet and within several weeks is expressing his love for her. Sydney is immediately smitten with Louis but she's also somewhat insecure and definitely jaded about love. Her concern: he must be too good to be true. Is he? Or do fairy tales sometimes do come true? French Twist almost reads like a girl's diary as the reader rides shotgun along Sydney's whirlwind love affair. It was easy to root for Sydney because she was so darn likeable and her insecurities felt authentic. She made me laugh, she made me cringe with embarrassment and her relationships with her family made me cry (in a good way). I'd like to adopt her father! I definitely recommend French Twist to any single girl who is starting to give up on love and needs some inspiration to keep the faith!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    4.5 stars I’m not a huge reader of chick lit but having said that I found myself enjoying this one very much, more so because the story is loosely based on the author’s own whirlwind romance. It’s light, fun, written with humour and happiness and all of that jumps off the page. It’s a real life fairy tale, girl meets handsome Frenchman and it’s love at virtually first sight. Sydney Bennett is a mix of artlessness and anxieties with layers of zany. She’s the kind of woman most of us can relate to i 4.5 stars I’m not a huge reader of chick lit but having said that I found myself enjoying this one very much, more so because the story is loosely based on the author’s own whirlwind romance. It’s light, fun, written with humour and happiness and all of that jumps off the page. It’s a real life fairy tale, girl meets handsome Frenchman and it’s love at virtually first sight. Sydney Bennett is a mix of artlessness and anxieties with layers of zany. She’s the kind of woman most of us can relate to in some way and I couldn’t help but like her. After a string of disastrous romances she has a serious lack of confidence and believes it’s too good to be true when she meets a dashing and extremely charming Frenchman who seems very taken with her. Things happen so quickly Sidney is literally swept off her feet and has several hilarious meltdowns. Planning a wedding is fraught with dilemmas and complications at the best of times but when one partner is from another country and in the US on a visa, which is dependent on his employment, the obstacles begin to arise and add to Sydney’s nervousness and panic. I love Sidney’s relationships with her sister, her best friend, her brother and, of course her parents, but most of all with Louis. The characters are all well written and engaging. Looking forward to the next instalment, French Toast!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Celia Kennedy

    French Twist is a very light, quick read, excellent for summertime. Finding out that this book was based loosely on the authors life, I found the tale more charming. New York native Sydney Barrett has transplanted herself in California, where she meets Frenchman Louis Durand. Once the whirlwind romance is in full bloom, the book takes on the believable complexity of introducing and melding families located in three different parts of the world. The tale is told from Sydney's perspective. In her la French Twist is a very light, quick read, excellent for summertime. Finding out that this book was based loosely on the authors life, I found the tale more charming. New York native Sydney Barrett has transplanted herself in California, where she meets Frenchman Louis Durand. Once the whirlwind romance is in full bloom, the book takes on the believable complexity of introducing and melding families located in three different parts of the world. The tale is told from Sydney's perspective. In her late 20's, she's had some real losers as boyfriends, and is now quite gun-shy. When the bold and enigmatic Louis enters her life, he has to help unkink a lot of knots in Sydney's psyche. Quite a bit of speculation and friendly banter takes place. It will be fun to follow the tale in French Toast. This is an ideal romance novel for younger readers of the genre. The dialog and romantic encounters are fun and light.

  16. 4 out of 5

    G.V.R. Corcillo

    What shines through more than anything in this whirlwind romantic comedy is Astie's joy in writing! Her characters are so real and familiar and so lovable. The comedy keeps rolling along throughout, through heroine's Sydney's dating misadventures and even through her EXPECTED misadventures - she is a little nuts. But it is her off-kilter perspective that keeps the giggles coming. Astie's talent with turning a phrase or injecting a pop culture reference heighten the delight. Looking forward to th What shines through more than anything in this whirlwind romantic comedy is Astie's joy in writing! Her characters are so real and familiar and so lovable. The comedy keeps rolling along throughout, through heroine's Sydney's dating misadventures and even through her EXPECTED misadventures - she is a little nuts. But it is her off-kilter perspective that keeps the giggles coming. Astie's talent with turning a phrase or injecting a pop culture reference heighten the delight. Looking forward to the next one...FrenchToast!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Grossman

    Based on real life events, French Twist is a beautiful love story that really makes you believe that love at first sight is possible. But then again how could you not fall in love with the amazing Frenchman Louis - aka Bluey? The main character, Sydney, was very relatable - especially given the situation. I love how the author shared all the "crazy" thoughts running through Sydney's head… If I was in Sydney's shoes, I'd probably be thinking the same thing. I look forward to reading more by this Based on real life events, French Twist is a beautiful love story that really makes you believe that love at first sight is possible. But then again how could you not fall in love with the amazing Frenchman Louis - aka Bluey? The main character, Sydney, was very relatable - especially given the situation. I love how the author shared all the "crazy" thoughts running through Sydney's head… If I was in Sydney's shoes, I'd probably be thinking the same thing. I look forward to reading more by this talented author!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I got hooked early and had a hard time putting this book down until I was finished! French Twist had relatable characters, a charming story line and lots of laughs. Classic chick lit with some twists and turns. I loved it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Lechner

    A perfect summer beach read, light, breezy, and easy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sonia

    Didn't like the main character at all and didn't like all the sex in it either. Didn't like the main character at all and didn't like all the sex in it either.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Not every book will connect with every reader. I like a wide variety of books so its not that this didn't fit into my clique of preferred reading it was just so hard for me to read. Got it on bookbub for .99, started and stopped this book so much. Could never get into the story, characters...to shallow. Its got lots of promise and looking at the reviews lots of fans. Just personally for me? Naw didn't like it, sorry! (I actually permanently deleted it off my kindle, I've only done that a few time Not every book will connect with every reader. I like a wide variety of books so its not that this didn't fit into my clique of preferred reading it was just so hard for me to read. Got it on bookbub for .99, started and stopped this book so much. Could never get into the story, characters...to shallow. Its got lots of promise and looking at the reviews lots of fans. Just personally for me? Naw didn't like it, sorry! (I actually permanently deleted it off my kindle, I've only done that a few times over the years)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Will Van

    Sweet and with no bitter aftertaste. I usually stick to the murder mystery genre. The title intrigued me and soon I was finding myself engulfed in one of the best first novels ever.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a tough read for me for various reasons. The story line was boring and overly cheesy. I actually looked forward to the book ending - I couldn't wait to be done with it. The main character is neurotic, insecure and full of anxiety. Just no depth of character. This was a tough read for me for various reasons. The story line was boring and overly cheesy. I actually looked forward to the book ending - I couldn't wait to be done with it. The main character is neurotic, insecure and full of anxiety. Just no depth of character.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    It was alright but for some reason the story just never clicked with me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Coblentz

    When you know, you know Sydney is prone to worrying. Her love life is nonexistent. Who would have thought that on a girls night out, she would find her match.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie York

    French Twist I enjoyed reading this book. I was intrigued on what was going to happen from one moment to the next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    French Twist tells the story of Sydney Bennett, a young woman and perfectionist who had given up on love until meeting a charming French man, Louis, whose Paris company had sent him to work in California. Within days, the new couple have fallen in love, restoring Sydney’s faith in men and romance. People may think they’re crazy, especially when Louis mentions marriage in just a matter of weeks, but their chemistry and connection are both undeniable. Can Sydney stop worrying long enough to enjoy French Twist tells the story of Sydney Bennett, a young woman and perfectionist who had given up on love until meeting a charming French man, Louis, whose Paris company had sent him to work in California. Within days, the new couple have fallen in love, restoring Sydney’s faith in men and romance. People may think they’re crazy, especially when Louis mentions marriage in just a matter of weeks, but their chemistry and connection are both undeniable. Can Sydney stop worrying long enough to enjoy the ride, or will her nervous tendencies ruin everything she’s finally found? I thought this book was completely charming, fun, and romantic. It’s a love story that most girls dream of, and I was pleasantly surprised to read that Glynis, the author, had based this novel on her own life and romance – what a story! I related to this story from the get go; many of you already know, Jerry and I had our own whirlwind romance that involved him moving to New York from California for me, and an engagement within two months. I totally understood Sydney’s concerns about not wanting to be judged, but also loving him enough to not let those judgements interfere. Sydney is a great character who pulls you right into her story, which is very conversational and casual. You will definitely feel like you are living right along with this great story, and experiencing everything right alongside Sydney including her exciting romance and crazy but loveable family. I have just one small complaint, which is that sometimes the dialogue was overly stiff and formal (“it is,” “I am,” etc.). Other than that, I had a really fun time reading this and highly recommend it for light, fun, summer reading. You will get wrapped up in the story and swept away by the romance of it all. Note: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynelle Clark

    I received the book from the author for an honest review. I really found the writing of the author refreshing and lively. It was filled with the emotional ups and downs of the main character, Sydney Bennett, sometimes even humorist as you learn more about her and the troubles she experienced with other men. It sounded so familiar and was really something that many single people struggles with. At times she was almost neurotic, going into fits of despair, but her support system held her together a I received the book from the author for an honest review. I really found the writing of the author refreshing and lively. It was filled with the emotional ups and downs of the main character, Sydney Bennett, sometimes even humorist as you learn more about her and the troubles she experienced with other men. It sounded so familiar and was really something that many single people struggles with. At times she was almost neurotic, going into fits of despair, but her support system held her together and kept her mind focused on the things needed for her to continue with her life. When she finally met Louis Durandt, four years younger and from France, her behavior got a little more crazier than before. There were so many variables to consider, but at the end she chose to believe her heart. Getting to know her through her eyes, had given me a better perspective of her struggles, her victories and the growth she under went while she learned to trust another man again. I found the book quite entertaining as I get involved into her life, that of Maya, her best friend, Kate, her sister and the people she genuinely care the most. Her relationship with friends and relatives were really touching and the way that Louis fitted in just made this a great book to read. I cannot wait to start with Book two. Would love to know more about her life, her choices and the effects it made in her life. Her resilience to bounce back and give Louis a fair chance just showed me that she is one tough cookie. Thanks for the opportunity to read the your book Ms. Astie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne O'connor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sydney Bennett is a type A perfectionist, but unlucky in love. Then, one night in a bar with her best friend, Kate, she meets Louis Durand. Louis is French and in town for work, so she believes this will be a fling. Things take off and soon he is moving to America for his job and talking marriage with Sydney. As she has been burned in the past, she is not sure if she can trust Louis and wonders if he is just after a green card - especially after he loses his job. But she can't deny her feelings Sydney Bennett is a type A perfectionist, but unlucky in love. Then, one night in a bar with her best friend, Kate, she meets Louis Durand. Louis is French and in town for work, so she believes this will be a fling. Things take off and soon he is moving to America for his job and talking marriage with Sydney. As she has been burned in the past, she is not sure if she can trust Louis and wonders if he is just after a green card - especially after he loses his job. But she can't deny her feelings for him and his feelings seem very real as he proves time after time he is genuine. In the end, she has three different weddings in different time zones - after the extremely short 6 month courtship! (But, of course, not in this installment) While the book is based on the author's own life, it was poorly written and completely without a point. The characters are shallow and succumb to cliches repeatedly. There was no twist that would have set this apart from the typical "cutesy" chick lit that is already out there. I suppose you can't expect much for a .99 Bookhub special, but the sheer corniness of this mess makes it - even at the low price - torture to read. Worst of all - this is part of a series with follow-ups titled "French Toast" (the wedding) and "French Fry" (pregnancy). NO THANKS! **And, as I typed this from a written journal, I see that she even put-out a 4th in 2017 "French Roast". WTF. STOP!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsy

    This book was kind of boring. It didn't really seem like there was any conflict at all. The main character is smart, pretty, has a great job, family and friends who love her. She meets a guy who adores her and falls for her right away. Aaaaand that's pretty much it. There is reference to her past and the men she's dated, but there isn't a great connection to the real reasons she's nervous about the current relationship. You read and read, waiting for the other shoe to drop, to see her overcome s This book was kind of boring. It didn't really seem like there was any conflict at all. The main character is smart, pretty, has a great job, family and friends who love her. She meets a guy who adores her and falls for her right away. Aaaaand that's pretty much it. There is reference to her past and the men she's dated, but there isn't a great connection to the real reasons she's nervous about the current relationship. You read and read, waiting for the other shoe to drop, to see her overcome something, but it doesn't really happen. She's neurotic to the very end. Once I start a series I usually like to finish it, but I don't know if I can make myself do that with these. I've read that this is based on a true story. My own romance was sort of like this. It makes for a great story to share to people, but I'm not sure it's a great book without more character development and background 2.5/5

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