I received this novel, along with several others, in the mail on Wednesday. But life, you know that funny thing that gets in the way of what we WANT to do sometimes, prevented me from starting it right away. Around lunch on Thursday, I had a moment or two while I was eating. I picked up this one because the cover and title called to me. It said, "Read me. You'll laugh." So I did. And I did. That would be I did read it and I did laugh.
The laughing was balanced by a fair amount of seriousness. Krista touched on some serious subjects that some of us may have dealt with. She did an awesome job of showing us the unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus while keeping us holding our sides at some of the misunderstandings between Maddie and Reuben.
I highly recommend "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance". It actually earns 5 stars with this reader. Something I give rarely.
***I received this novel free for the purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Brand new Christian Maddie Buckner is desperately trying to get her life on track so she can spring her 11-year-old brother Kyle out of foster care, but her first day on the job at a hair salon in Sandwich, Illinois, brings cause for a desperation of a deeper sort. The very first customer she's allowed to lay hands on is a guy named Reuben who falls asleep in her chair then lurches upward, messing up the snip she was in the process of making. Patching it up isn't an option-Maddie finds herself giving him a whole new (and much shorter) style and getting fired anyway.
She demands Reuben fix things. When she won't get off the hood of his brand new Beemer, he finally says she can work for him as a waitress at The Sandwich Emporium. Maddie proceeds to dump coffee in the mayor's lap. Hey, she never said she wanted to waitress. She discovers Reuben's office is such a disaster he couldn't figure out how to fire her if he wanted to, so she offers her services as an office assistant, bringing her to the attention of Reuben's almost-fiancee, Livy-who is livid.
Maddie knows she shouldn't be falling for her boss and announces this to God. Reuben is practically married, for heaven's sake! Yet God continues to keep her in Reuben's path-for humor or disaster. Wanting to provide a stable home for Kyle keeps Maddie from doing anything too drastic. Other than that incident with the Beemer. But that might be too much information.
So what did I love about this novel? Is it too gushy or unbelievable to say "everything?"
But if picking one thing to be a favorite, it might be the way Maddie talks to God. She doesn't know-or care-about the "correct" way to pray. She just tells him what's on her mind, which is plenty. Sometimes I think we put up walls in prayer, as though God can't see past them. Maddie certainly doesn't do this, and I found it totally refreshing.
Maddie has one goal to find a job so she can prove that she can take care of her brother and get him out of foster care. But the first day on the job she is fired and its not all her fault! Maddie is not one to give up and soon lands herself another job. This time she has a cute boss who slowly starts to steal her heart. Will she get her brother out of foster care and find love along the way?
This was a fun book and I really enjoyed it. This book is very much a romantic comedy. I could not help but smile as I read this book and even laugh a time or two.
What I liked: The humor in this book was great. I really liked Maddie she had such spunk and really dealt with the bad things going on with her life really well. Reuben was also fun and the way these two characters played off each other just made this a great book. The author did a great job of mixing the humor with the serious side of the book as well so it felt well rounded and real. I also liked the message that God is with us all the time even when life seems to be playing hard ball.
What I did not like: I really don't have any issues with this book.
Over all I really enjoyed this book. This is a new author and I am looking forward to reading more books from her in the future. If you like a good heart felt inspirational romance with plenty of laughs you will enjoy this book.
Madison Buckner has moved to Sandwich, Illinois, to start a new life and to try and get custody of Kyle, her eleven-year-old brother. She is fired from her job as a hairdresser on her first day, and talks her way into a new job as administrative assistant to Reuben Callahan, owner of The Sandwich Emporium and two other restaurants.
Maddie is a new Christian, trying to live by God's standards and put her difficult past behind her. She is helped by Allie, who she meets by coincidence in a McDonalds bathroom, and who just happens to be Reuben's sister. Allie is a good friend and great example of practical Christianity for Maddie, interfering in all the right places.
Sandwich is a delicious rom com reminiscent of Janice Hannah Thompson and Sandra Bricker. With just the right flavor of humor, drama, and inspiration, Sandwich is a satisfying bite for any time of day.
Maddie Buckner moves to Sandwich for a job as a debut hair stylist which will allow her to get custody of her little brother, Kyle. Unfortunately, she botches the haircut of Mr. Dreamy...aka Reuben and loses her new job...and another opportunity to rescue her brother from foster care. The steaks...er...stakes are high, and desperate times call for desperate measures, so Maddie "convinces" Reuben to find her a new job.
Knowing the botched haircut and getting Maddie fired was partially his fault, Reuben agrees to bring Maddie on as his personal assistant. (Reuben with a Maddie on the side :-)
There's a whole lot of drama on this plate - between Maddie's own past wounds, her dilemma with Kyle, and her unwanted attraction to Mr. Reuben Grumpy-pants, it's going to take a really big God to bring this story to a tasty conclusion. Throw in a manipulative ex-fiance and it's an order for a miracle.
Maddie's faith journey is so genuine. Krista does a great job of really showing the authenticity of a young woman in the early stages of her faith. The questions, the doubts, the innocense and honesty of her prayers are touching and realistic.
I love how this former foster kid is thrust into the middle of a loving Christian family. She doesn't want to accept their charity or their kindness, but she soon realizes that their gifts do not come with strings attached.
Krista sprinkles evidence of God's grace on each page along with a healthy dose of humor.