I really enjoyed this book! There was humor and a great story line. I will read any book this author writes!
The conversations between the two main characters, Maddie and Reuben really helped this story move quickly. The prayers of Maddie were great and you could imagine the character really praying them. I liked how the story flowed from one scene to the next. I enjoyed the minor characters in the book as much as the main ones! The family that has an influence on Maddie was great and written like they were real. Actually I felt like each character in this book could have been real!
I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the story itself was very interesting. I thought the characters were well developed and their interactions were believable. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every bit of it! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian comedy, romance and family books. This is a very well written book and definitely worth your time!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Maddie has "graduated" from foster care but her eleven-year-old brother has not. Determined to make it on her own and also gain custody of her brother, Maddie is an independent, street-smart twenty-year-old who is not accustomed to accepting help from anyone. Her heart needs to soften to the good will of others who come into her life. Phillips brings us a strong-willed character that must learn to accept the help others offer if she can gain custody of her brother. Memorable characters and a fun page-turner.
Krista Phillip's debut book, Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is a savory read, flavored with humor and depth!
When Maddie Buckner moves to Sandwich to become a hair stylist, she botches her first haircut and loses her job - and the chance to gain custody of her brother still in foster care. Reuben-the-Jerk, who got her fired, is guilted into giving her a job as his assistant at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium.
Maddie is racing against time, as she struggles to build a stable life and get custody of her brother. His foster parents want to adopt him, and Maddie needs to prove herself as a worthy guardian. The problem is she keeps getting herself into a "pickle" and has to be rescued by Reuben-the-Jerk...who has started to become Reuben-the-Dreamboat. Throw in Reuben's jealous fiance and you have one big, messy plate of circumstances.
There are several things I loved about this book. I loved Maddie's new faith and her "realistic" and sometimes funny prayers. There is a realness about Maddie and how she expresses herself and her faith. It's not contrived. It's honest and open. I loved Reuben who, even though he grew up in a Christian family, struggles with himself and his feelings. I love that he is real...he really can be a jerk! But oh, the chemistry between these two....it is tangible and heartfelt.
I also loved Reuben's family who exhibit what it really means to be Jesus in this world. They opened up their homes and their hearts to Maddie when she had no one...and nothing. They gave and they gave, without expecting anything in return. They encouraged and they loved, not pushing Maddie too hard or too fast. They are what I hope to be.
Krista's debut book is a funny and happy read, but it contains meat to chew on. It shows us realness of life. It shows us how we can struggle in life, yet trust God for His blessing. It shows us that God's family IS a real family who love unconditionally. It shows us that two people can learn to trust and love in spite of themselves.
Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is an awesome debut novel and I cannot wait for the next one!
It's not often I enjoy a book this much. Warning--you will lose sleep over this book!
In Sandwich with a Side of Romance Maddie Buckner wants custody of her eleven-year-old brother, but she is must prove she can take care of him. Upon graduating from beauty school she gets a job in a town an hour from Chicago cutting hair for a horrible boss. Her first client is a handsome man with attitude who promptly falls asleep while she cuts his hair--big mistake--he dips his head, and in the process Maddie accidentally cuts a large chuck of his hair. Since it's her first day on the job she is promptly fired. But Maddie is spunky and desperate. Before the day is over she convinces, Reuben, the man whose hair she ruined that he owes her. He offers her a job at his restaurant.
I won't tell you any more of the story, but suffice it to say I was hooked from page one and read over half of the 317 pg book in one sitting.
Special thanks to Abingdon Press for providing me with this copy. I seriously enjoyed this story.
Restaurant Sabotage, Foster Care Battles & Romance
September 8, 2012
Krista Phillips in her new book, "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance" published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Maddie Buckner.
From the back cover: She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle.
Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner, and her brother, until she loses her new job after less than an hour on the clock. It's all Reuben-the-Jerk's fault, and she's determined to make him right the wrong.
He does so, however reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. What Maddie doesn't count on is losing her heart to her boss. Her engaged boss. When bad things start happening to sabotage the expansion of the restaurant, Maddie must get to the bottom of the craziness in time to save her brother, her job, and her heart.
Ever just want to read a fun book? If so then "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance" is just the book. First Maddie moves to Sandwich, Illinois and, finally, gets a job at The Sandwich Shop. But this is not just a feel good romance with laugh out loud moments. Kyle, Maddie's eleven year old brother is in foster care and Maddie wants him with her. However she really needs a job. While she is trying to make that work the foster family apply to adopt Kyle. On top of this Reuben is trying to expand the restaurant but things are happening that sabotage the expansion effort. Then there is the romance between Maddie and Reuben even though Reuben is already engaged. The only way this is ever going to be resolved is if Maddie just lets go and let God handle it. However that is easier said than done. "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance" is just plain fun and exciting as well. It is an enjoyable story and I look forward to more from Ms. Phillips.
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