Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  Maddie is a new Christian and has moved to Sandwich, IL.  She needs to get her life together in order to get her little brother out of foster care.  She loses her first job as a hair stylist the first day because of Reuben!  He gives her a job at his restaurant (reluctantly) and when she dumps a plate on the mayor, her next job is as Ruben's assistant.  There are several stumbling blocks and after a past she is ashamed of, Maddie just wants to move forward and have her brother, but maybe God has more in mind.
I liked Maddie's whole character.  She is smart, sassy, and her open faith is wonderfully refreshing.  Her prayers were intriguing and entertaining while being heartfelt.  Reuben often earned his nickname of 'the jerk' but he is struggling with his own faith and his attraction to Maddie.  Especially when his girlfriend is in the picture!  I enjoyed how his whole family was accepting and helpful to Maddie.  Overall it was just a really good book.
I rate this a 5/5.  It was a delightful escape and I want to see more from this author.

Thank you to PumpUpYourBooks for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.