I bought this because it was reasonably priced and I grew up in the Hershey area. It was well-written, the storyline was generally consistent and the characters mostly realistic. Although I find romance novels 98% predictable, this had a few diversions on its way to the expected outcome.
Sadie moves back to her home town after the loss of her husband. She cares for her Mother who is dying of cancer until she dies. She then opens a restaurant and is doing pretty well with it. She has a 4 year old daughter about to turn 5. Her best friend all her life, Jasper, helps her with her daughter by watching her after school and other times when needed. Sadie takes Jasper for granted because he has always been there for her. Then a Russian starts coming into her restaurant and she hears he plans to open a restaurant across the street from her. She is a competitive person and sets out to try to find out what his plans are. When a Chocolate Contest is planned, she obsesses about making the perfect dessert although she cannot make a dessert for her life. She is good at all foods but desserts. What follows will keep you laughing as she tries and tries to make the perfect dessert. It looks good on the outside when she gets to the competition but her reputation at desserts is well known. One of the things I liked about this book was it was a good stress reliever. You laughed at all Kylie's volcano experiences. Kylie is Sadie's daughter. She has a thing for the toilet and putting stuff in it. She calls it her volcano. I thought back to some of the stuff my two daughters did when they were young but none compared to the volcano. Sadie's Dad comes to town but Sadie cannot forgive him and give him a second chance for a long time. He had been in and out of her life most her life. But there are many areas where a second chance is needed. I had to laugh when the Russian is taken to the hospital with an allergy to nuts during Kylie's 5 year old birthday party. Sadie had asked her chef to add half peanut oil to the cake. A book you cannot put down from beginning to end.
Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania is the sometimes sweet, sometimes sour tale of Sadie Spencers journey towards learning to trust and learning to let go. This book will really make you think about your priorities. What are you making into a big deal that doesnt need to be? What are you neglecting that is really important? Im definitely going to be shuffling some things around since reading this book.Jasper is amazing! He had so much patience and forgiveness, that I was shamed at my own lack in those areas. Grace is something I struggle with and I related to Sadie with her struggle to let go and give people grace like she has been given. Dmitri is great. I would LOVE to see him come back and have his own story made into a book. (HINT, HINT, CERELLA!) ;) I look forward to seeing what other books this author will come out with in the future!
Here is a book that has it all. If you enjoy fiction, then heads up! This story is not only full of romance but intriguing with a mysterious catch. The story takes place in Hershey, PA (where else?) with a young entrepreneur named Sadie (what a sweet name), who just opened her own restaurant called Suncatchers, (what a catchy name). A handsome Russian man moves in and wants to start his own business right across the street from Sadies restaurant. Sadie is almost positive he is the enemy and ready to take her business. But things quickly change and you will never guess how. Interspersed throughout the book, Sadies life take quick turns to the right and then to the left, always leaving you mystified as to what is coming next. Sadies young daughter, Kylie, who is the joy of her life, is far wiser than most 5 year olds and amidst all the commotion and confusion in her young life, she is the rock that holds Sadie together. This book will take you to a place that is full of surprises, joy, laughter and of course tears. You will find Gods love, forgiveness, compassion and joy all wrapped up in a neatly tied bow. The author, Cerella D. Sehcrist blends her thoughts, words and expressions in such a way, that you feel you are right in the midst of Sadies life. Whether you are 16 or 60 you will love this book.