Sweet Baklava  -     By: Debby Mayne
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As the owner of a thriving candle shop in the Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida, Paula Andrews has finally found her niche in life. The only thing missing is romance. . . . But is she willing to risk her heart with Nick Papadopoulos, who's on leave from the military but shows no signs of settling down? 288 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 142670870X
ISBN-13: 9781426708701
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After years of looking for a place to belong, Paula Andrews finally finds her niche in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her soap and candle shop flourishes, and her friendship with the Papadopoulos family gives her the love and support she never got from her own family.
The only thing missing is a romance—or in the grand hopes of the Papadopoulos family, a proper marriage. Preferably with Nick, their favorite son, currently serving in the Air Force. Paula, however, has doubts. After all, he’s been gone a long time and loves flying. Their lives have grown apart. Would he still feel anything for her?
When Nick comes home on leave, sparks fly, and not just with Paula. Nick's father wants him home, helping with the family sponge-diving business. His mother wants him back in the family, back in church. Nick just wants Paula . . . and the Air Force.
So who’s going to give in first? And what will it mean for their love and future?

Author Bio

Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida. To learn more about Debby visit DebbyMayne.com.

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Romance novelist Mayne (Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida) reunites Paula Andrews, owner of a soap and candle business in Tarpon Springs, Fla., with her high school sweetheart, Nick Papadopoulos, now in the Air Force. Nick's romantic family pushes aggressively for a rematch when Nick is home on leave, plying Paula with lots of Greek food to keep her around. But Paula and Nick have some insecurities to work out, including fallout from Paula's parents' divorce. Attempts to build romantic tension get repetitive, as does the Papadopoulos family's scheming (though the recipes at the end look tasty). Minor characters have similarly slack development arcs as they come to see the errors of their ways. Mayne's Christian plot elements resemble powdered sugar, sprinkled over complications to resolve them, but readers who like their Christian fiction sweet and light will enjoy this confection. (Mar.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Robert Shipley
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This was a fun read.
    June 7, 2013
    Robert Shipley
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would recommend this book to anyone who needs lifting of their spirit in a lighthearted easy read.
  2. Anne
    BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This was a good read.
    May 28, 2013
    Anne
    BC, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Sweet Baklava - eBook.
    This was an interesting book. Two people trying to overcome personal issues to move forward in a relationship.
  3. Evelyn F
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2011
    Evelyn F
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sweet Baklava - eBook.
    This book reminded me a little bit of Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson. There's this big family who came from a different country (in this case Greece) following the american dream. They are loud and maybe a little bit crazy, but they love and take care of each other. In this book the main male character is from that family and the main female is a friend of the family. This story talks about learning to trust other people, not judging them for what they look like, and allowing yourself to love even though you might be afraid of what the future might hold, etc.

    I truly enjoyed this book, it's a nice and light read with likable characters; just perfect for a day at the beach.
  4. The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    If you are wanting a nice light read this is it :)
    March 27, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Review: Sweet Baklava - Debby Mayne - March 2011

    Wanting a novel that has romance and greek food and lots of celebrating ? Sweet Baklava takes us into the heart of Greek Community in Tarpon Springs , Florida. They are all preparing in celebration for the return of Nick Papadopoulos - who has spent the past two years in the Air Force . After graduating college, he ran to the airforce leaving behind Paula who was smitten for him. Now Two years later , Paula owns a successful soap and candle business and nearing Christmas things in the shop are looking up and that's going to be the excuse she uses throughout the novel to stop her from getting reunited with Nick. However the Papadopoulous family have other ideas up their sleeves as they plan ways to rekindle and matchmake Paula and Nick together. Will they succeed in bringing the pair together as it proves time and time throughout the novel that without each other -to be corny "their lives are incomplete".

    A very light-hearted chick lit novel that in ways brings to light the thought that thank goodness you are not greek , as their matchmaking skills includes the whole clan chipping in.
  5. Cherie
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this story
    March 7, 2011
    Cherie
    Wisconsin
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book so much. So many couples go through exactly what Paula and Nick do: they have their own goals and passions and giving it up for a chance to be with someone they love is risky. Perhaps the timing hasn't been right before, perhaps they each have been working for something and aren't sure if the other person is ready to commit, or perhaps the couple has been on and off. There are so many times I hear about something like this, and I thought Debby Mayne did a wonderful job capturing what is a real-life situation for many couples.

    The characters are really lovely. I so enjoyed coming back to this book every day and seeing what was going to happen. Paula runs a soap and candle store, and the descriptions of her business made me smelling those candles every time I cracked open the book. I liked the backdrop of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and could picture the sights of the town and just about smell the ocean air from the descriptions of the restaurants and shops.

    I especially loved the Papadopoulos family with their generosity and endless supply of food! In fact, if you aren't hungry by the time you finish Sweet Baklava, you will be when you see the small collection of recipes at the end.

    I could so relate to Paula, who loves Nick but isn't sure if she can give up her business and the stability that Tarpon Springs has provided. I also found her a wonderful example of what God's grace can do. This was the first Debby Mayne novel I read, and would recommend it. (I'm also going to pick up a few more from her.)
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