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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Hot happenings in a small town make for a big storyline..

Lizzie Bea Carpenter has successfully lived life as a waitress and single mother with her daughter Paige for the last 14 years. She didn't need the rat that deserted her as an unwed mother in a small town and she doesn't need Dante "Tay" Giovanni either even though he ...
Lizzie Bea Carpenter has successfully lived life as a waitress and single mother with her daughter Paige for the last 14 years. She didn't need the rat that deserted her as an unwed mother in a small town and she doesn't need Dante "Tay" Giovanni either even though he is quite the handyman. What she needs are her friends who were enemies but now her closest confidents to talk to. Lizzie and her girlfriends rewrote the book on frenemies and truth being told all the time is not always in the best interest of anyone.

But Tay is doing penance for a poor decision that changed too many lives including his own and helping Lizzie around her broken down house helps. He gave up everything to try and correct his mistake and never thought that be the answer to a waitress's prayer would be one of them. Lizzie works hard at her job and keeps life for her and Paige good but not great and all she needs is someone to help fix up her house before the past comes knocking on her door trying to wreak havoc and attempting to take her comfortable life away.

Lizzie lets Tay and his assorted menagerie of animals work on her property and he finds a way to finagle a place in her heart. Lizzie knows how to stay strong and tough but sometimes it does not hurt to let someone else mend the fence or fix the front porch light. No strings attached with men and surrounded by her friends was how Lizzie saw herself until Tay showed up and they were able to teach one another how to forgive and live life without guilt and try to let go of the burdens that weigh us down.

With money flying around, a man in her present stirring up long buried feeling, the past causing problems and a sister recovering from postpartum depression Lizzie has her hands full. She hopes that some of her prayers are answered but she knows what she really wants now is to find a way to convince Tay that showing your fears is not a weakness but a strength you grow from.

Lizzie and Tay are each bearing their own crosses in life and both of them are trying to figure out a way to put one foot in front of the other without tripping. They both have dreams but fear they are unrealistic and won't hope enter into the picture yet they discover not only hope but faith and a belief that prayers are answered in one fashion or another. You just have to keep saying out loud what you want for it to happen.

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on December 19, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Cute.

Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one han...
Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one hand, Paige should meet her father. On the other hand, does he deserve to meet Paige after so much time has passed? So she takes the letter to work with her and discusses the situation with her "Enemy Club" - Lizzie and three other women who hated each other in high school and are now.friends who tell each other the truth - always.

Paige is delighted that her father is coming. The letter is postmarked from Geneva, so she's sure he'll take her back with him so she can work on her snowboarding there. She wants to be a professional snowboarder, and is dreaming that he's come to take her away from the small town of Galton. Lizzie is stuck trying to be supportive of the fact that he's coming, while trying not to get Paige's expectations up. Paige accuses her of trying to keep Ethan from being interested in Paige by living in a shabby house. Lizzie knows she's let things go, but doesn't know how to fix it all.

Tay Giovanni is in the diner when he overhears Lizzie's wish for a man to help fix up the house. Tay is passing through town on his own mission: A year ago, he accidentally hit and killed a woman in an automobile accident. Although it was declared an accident and he was not punished, he can't get over it. He sold his possessions and tries to do good works. His final act of kindness is to give all his money to the woman's daughter, Candy, who is going to college in Galton. Things don't end up like he anticipated, and he ends up spending some time in town, where he decides to fix Lizzie's fence.

From there, all sorts of things happen all at once: We meet Lizzie's sister Annie and her husband Tommy, who have their own set of problems, Lizzie and Tay begin a romance, there's a secret inside The Enemy Club, and Paige takes matters into her own hands.

How Sweet It Is is a bittersweet, multilayered Contemporary Romance. I liked Lizzie and understood her reluctance to accept Tay's help in an effort to teach her daughter not to depend on men, but it was still a bit frustrating to read over and over her refusal of help. The interaction between Lizzie and Paige was soooo true-to-life. As the mother of a teenager, I can attest to that, lol. Tay was definitely an anti-hero, and his self-flagellation made me crazy! And while the romance was sweet, it felt a bit rushed - the sex scenes were each about two paragraphs long. I also thought the ending was a bit of a stretch with the mystery being solved in an unbelievable way.

How Sweet It Is is the first book in the Enemy Club series.

posted by BookAddictPatti on March 18, 2011

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Dull

    I could not even finish it. I feel like it talked about every little detail, with out really making a point. Not good.

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