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.
If you are wanting a nice light read this is it :)
March 27, 2011
The Phantom Paragrapher
Tauranga, New Zealand
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.
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.)