Guest Post by Glynis Astie ~ The Philosophy of Yoda & French Fry Excerpt

I’m very happy to welcome Glynis back to BetweenTheLines with an imaginative and fun guest post in which she considers….

The Philosophy of Yoda

Whether you’re a Star Wars geek or not, you can learn a great deal from this petite powerhouse. Whenever I find myself unsure of a decision, my first thought is, “How the heck did this happen?” followed very quickly by, “What would Yoda do?” It may sound insane, but this brilliant (though fictional) character moved through his very long life with a grace and humility that we could all learn from. Feeling skeptical? Let me fill you in on the genius of this Grand Jedi Master. Continue reading

French Fry ~ The French Twist Series #3

  • FrenchFryAuthor: Glynis Astie
  • Publication: May 2015 by Tikinou Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
  • four-half-stars

Sydney Durand had finally achieved the perfect life she had always wanted. After a whirlwind romance with a charming Frenchman, she endured the three weddings it required to satisfy the members of the newly formed Bennett-Durand clan. All she had left to do was stroll into the sunset with Louis to enjoy their long-awaited happily ever after.

Sydney Durand, in just over fourteen months, has met, fallen in love with and married (three times!) handsome Frenchman, Louis. The course of true love has not run completely smoothly, but now the ceremonies are all over Sydney feels she and Louis can relax and enjoy married life. Unless, as her father said jokingly at the final wedding reception ‘you’re dumb enough to get pregnant.’

Yes, you guessed it! French Fry opens on the last day of Sydney and Louis’ honeymoon with Sydney having a slight, ok a bit more than slight, meltdown in the hotel bathroom after three pregnancy kits test positive. 

I got up and started to pace the room. How did this happen? I mean, I know how it happened, but HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Everything had been going so well. Louis and I had finally gotten back to a good place…and now…and now…I have to scare the crap out of my husband on the last day of our honeymoon. 

Sydney’s world is rocking on it’s axis again. With a new mantra; ‘it’s not good for the baby’ and the need to make serious life changes, mainly to ‘rid myself of my neurotic (bordering on psychotic, if I’m being truthful) tendencies,’ she must practice wearing her mature and rational head…after she’s faced telling her family about the baby, that is. Oh, and her best friend, Maya, whose wedding day is a week or two before Sydney’s due date, and Sydney is matron of honour.

Sidney and Louis have encountered lots of stumbling blocks in their short time together and it seems they’re not over yet. Maya and Devon’s upcoming wedding is causing major headaches for all concerned. Maya has morphed into Bridezilla, the wedding is off then on again. Sydney gets a surprise, and not altogether welcome, visitor and, combined with strict instructions for complete rest, events don’t bode well for the expectant mother or those around her.

As we follow Sydney’s pregnancy trials and tribulations with some hilarity, several serious and heartfelt moments and hormones gone wild, I couldn’t help but laugh although I can absolutely relate and sympathise. Sit back and be entertained by Sydney’s offbeat perspective on life and situations, her attempts to remain unfazed by Maya’s antics and coping (or not) with her mother-in-law. But when Sydney and Louis’ little French Fry makes an appearance, fried nerves notwithstanding, all is forgiven and forgotten even though Sidney’s longed for slide into a peaceful and calm married life didn’t quite materialise.

I really enjoy the casual, conversational style of Glynis Astie’s writing, the incidental remarks that make it relaxed and friendly, and the authenticity. A really good mix of well-developed and engaging characters with their diverse personalities and interactions. Great family dynamics and a lovely conclusion to Sidney’s wacky world.

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My thanks to Glynis Astie for sending an ARC in return for an honest review

About the author

GlynisGlynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien, in six short months. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast and the final installment in the series, French Fry.
When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

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French Toast

  • 21526533Author: Glynis Astie
  • Published: February 2014 by Tikinou Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
  • four-half-stars

I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review

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?

Sydney Bennet oops sorry, Sidney Durand is back with a bang! We left Sydney and Louis, after a very speedy romance and a civil ceremony, settling down to married life. Of course, being Sydney nothing is straightforward, and she now has two more weddings to navigate. One in America for her family and another, much scarier one, in France for Louis’ family.

So between coping with wedding preparations, financial pressures, a very pregnant sister and a formidable mother-in-law she can’t actually talk to (think language barrier) Sidney is unraveling at the seams.

One way or the other, I was going to have to go to France to meet the Durand family. I could pull the usual Crazy Sidney fare and freak out all over the place or I could make a serious attempt to change my perspective.

If Sidney thought it would all be happy ever after now she and Louis were married she was about to be proved seriously wrong, one point of contention being Louis’ ‘crotch rocket!’ I’m saying nothing more! Except..I laughed out loud.

There’s fun and frolics and lots of Sydney type meltdowns in this continuing story of romance tempered with the realism of marriage and the dawning awareness that it takes hard work and full time commitment.

Actually I can completely sympathise with the crazy, neurotic side of Sydney. She’s totally out of her comfort zone, taking into consideration a trip to foreign country, feeling a little intimidated, unable to speak or understand the language and thrust into the middle of a large, unknown family. And on top of all that there were Louis’ ex girlfriends to deal with. There was one plus though. The French pastries!

To say that I was a deer caught in headlights would have been severe understatement. I was a deer caught in headlights with my hind legs dangling off a precipice. Over a pit of lava. With poisonous gas rising towards me.

This is an excellent addition to the Sydney and Louis saga and I’m looking forward to French Fry and more Sydney mania!

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