Sunday, March 29, 2015

"serving up a sweetheart" by cheryl wyatt

Caterer Meadow comes face to face with one of her high school tormentors when he moves in across the street. Colin seems different, but can she really trust the man who used to make her life miserable?

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it's served up on a silver platter?

During one of the biggest weeks of her catering career, Meadow Larson’s kitchen roof caves in after an unrelenting blizzard. She has to accept help from the last person on earth she wants to see: Colin McGrath. The tormentor from her past is now a contractor, her new neighbor—and the only person available to take on a project of this size.

Colin is aware God has given him a second chance to make things right with Meadow after bullying her in high school. After years of regret and guilt, Colin is determined to earn her respect and forgiveness, no matter what it takes.

It’ll take an extreme kitchen renovation, several cooking lessons, a little lace, and a lot of grace, but God is using this renovation project not only to restore Meadow’s heart, but also to restore Colin’s integrity in her eyes. Will Meadow learn to trust the new Colin even as their relationship grows from a business exchange to something more meaningful?

Serving up a Sweetheart is a sweet "second chance at love" story. It also has surprising depth, dealing with bullying, domestic violence, and addiction.

While I enjoyed the story, it didn't ever completely capture my attention. I didn't particularly care for Meadow, probably because she often didn't seem to know her own mind. (This is a trend I've noticed in inspirational fiction, and I don't like it at all.) I did really like Colin, though, as well as Meadow's sister Flora and her business partner Del.

Overall, Serving up a Sweetheart is a nice story for a rainy day. It's not one that I found particularly memorable, but I did enjoy it. 3 stars.

Buy the novella.
Read my reviews of the other Year of Weddings and Year of Weddings 2 novellas.

Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at Facebook: CherylWyattAuthor Twitter: @cherylwyatt

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  1. Ha! I felt the same way! I liked Colin best, he seemed like a sweetheart. I gave it a 3 also.
    Come read my review, you will have to scroll down a little.

    1. We really did see the book the same way! Glad to know I wasn't the only one :-)

    2. LOL yep!
      I hope the next one is better. I already have April's downloaded.
      I read all of last years as well, and so far I think I liked them better!

    3. Oh PS & BTW I am also reading the Colleen Coble series.

    4. I really liked April's--I just posted that review today. It's definitely different, but I already knew that I liked Amy Matayo's writing ...


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