Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Sandwich With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

 
Welcome to the Sandwich With a Side of Romance Blog Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book!

SANDWICH WITH A SIDE OF ROMANCE
by Krista Phillips
Abingdon Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4267-4592-8
Christian Fiction
Complimentary copy provided by publisher for blog tour.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than a day on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.

He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.

And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KRISTA PHILLIPS is a debut author and owner of the popular blog, One Woman’s Dream. She lives with her husband and four daughters in Middle Tennessee.

Her latest book is the Christian fiction romance, Sandwich with a Side of Romance.

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REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book. I think the thing I liked the most was how genuine the characters felt.  Both Maddie and Reuben made me smile and laugh at times and roll my eyes at other times.  Maddie is rather prickly toward men (with good reason) and is not afraid of saying what she thinks.  This tends to irritate her new boss who is overworked and struggling with issues of his own.  The attraction between them complicates things, especially since Reuben has a girlfriend.  I enjoyed watching Maddie and Reuben slowly get to know each other and become friends.  The issues of faith, blended families, and forgiveness blend beautifully as Maddie, Reuben, and their friends and family live their lives.

I appreciated seeing Maddie and Reuben's strengths and weaknesses come into play as their relationship develops naturally.  They don't really connect from the beginning, in fact their first meeting is not a pleasant one for either one.  But they have much to teach each other despite their very different backgrounds and personal struggles. I recommend this as both an entertaining read and a thought-provoking look at the Christian life in action.
 

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