Aug 5, 2012

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

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 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. 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 Emporium. 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.

Title: Sandwich, With a Side of Romance
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: September 01, 2012
ISBN: 9781426745928

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A somewhat quirky debut novel with "laugh out loud" humor, Sandwich With a Side of Romance is also inspirational and heartfelt. Maddie is a "baby" Christian, and her life hasn't been easy so far. Having lost her mother at an early age and a father who didn't seem to care about his kids, she was bounced around to different foster homes, and trouble always seemed to follow her.  Maddie had a history of trying almost anything to gain acceptance by her peers. Yet everything had failed, and now she has chosen to leave it all behind and start over fresh in a new town.

Upon arrival in Sandwich, Illinois, Maddie is hired as a hair stylist but her career ends on the very first day. On she goes to the Sandwich Emporium, but is quickly dismissed when she serves the mayor his lunch ... on his lap. Desperate to provide a home for herself and her younger brother, she begs the owner of the Sandwich Emporium to give her another chance as his administrative assistant. Against his better judgment, he reluctantly agrees, but on a trial basis.

Time after time, Maddie finds herself in hot water, and many times due to no fault of her own. A vindictive female who also works at the restaurant is out to undermine and discredit everything that Maddie tries to do. Trickery, deceit and downright nastiness seem to be a daily occurrence.

This book is a great read with lots of humor intermingled with a story of faith and resilience by a young woman striving to turn her life around. And to make it even more fun, there's a romance that keeps everyone on their toes, from start to finish.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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