How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

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by Alice J. Wisler
     
 

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Deena Livingston leaves behind a broken romance and her chef job in Atlanta to spend time at her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. But her grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local afterschool program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how

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Deena Livingston leaves behind a broken romance and her chef job in Atlanta to spend time at her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. But her grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local afterschool program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how is she supposed to convince these kids that cooking at home is better than eating at McDonalds? And after all she went through in Atlanta, why is she attracted to Zack, the social worker at The Center? Can a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber, a curly-haired basketball player, and a group of middle-schoolers change Deena's outlook on life?

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Atlanta chef Deena Livingston returns home to the North Carolina cabin she inherited from her grandfather to start a new life far from the heartbreak she suffered in Georgia. But instead of becoming isolated in self-pity, Deena finds her grandfather's will also stipulates that she work with local middle-school children. Written with a seasoning of Southern charm and populated with richly drawn characters, Wisler's second novel (after Rain Song) mixes romance, humor, and drama and tackles such issues such as child abuse and self-image. Sure to appeal to fans of Susan May Warren, Lisa Wingate, Angela Hunt, and Rene Gutteridge.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764204784
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. She has a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the world in jobs that minister to people. Alice and her family live in Durham, North Carolina.

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How Sweet It Is 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a really great book for me to read
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
What happens to us when someone we love betrays us? Is the "love of your life" also the center of your life? What does it mean to really forgive someone? If we are also ruled by our own self images, and accident or illness changes that image, can we still go on? Can anyone love us again? Or more importantly, can we forgive ourselves and find true love again? Have you ever considered the real source of all love? These questions are explored in this serious, but extremely fun and enjoyable novel about a young woman who leaves her top chef job in Atlanta, Georgia, to live in her recently deceased uncle's cabin in the hills of North Carolina. After a car accident where Deena is left with disfiguring scars, and a cheating fiancé, who left her for someone else, Deena is ready to leave her old life to "get away from it all", including her many new fears.  The cabin, away from everything and everyone, sounds like the perfect answer, but her uncle's will stipulated that Deena must teach cooking to a group of middle-schoolers in the local church for six months, if she is to continue to own his cabin. She also meets a friendly mentally retarded 'wise' man, a group of abused and neglected children, a handsome social worker, and a slew of her father's relatives who envelop Deena into their close knit family and community.  Deena's cooking classes require her to get involved. This story beautifully shows that forgiveness is something we do for ourselves, and that real love and friendship comes from our own choices and trust in God. A lovely, truthful and uplifting story!! Fun, quick, thoughtful, read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Usually when I pick up romance novels they tend to be a little too mushy. This one was definitely not one of those. This book had depth to it that so many other romance novels don't have. I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves deep romances!
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Mikayla Wood More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect. As I read the first chapter, I was instantly enticed. It's about dealing with your past and how to move on from heartache and disappointment. I found the values and lessons in this book true in my own life. I would recommend it to anyone.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler is the story of Deena Livingston. She moves from her life in Atlanta to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina which was left to her by her grandfather. The cabin comes with one stipulation: Deena must teach cooking classes to some local middle school students. While her original plan was to start a new life away from the painful memories of a broken engagement and have her own cake decorating business, she must adjust to teaching troubled kids. After her first day she feels sure the kids will never like her and she'll never be able to teach them anything. This is a touching story. I could relate to the characters and felt Deena's pain. This is the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed her writing style and it was enjoyable to get to know the characters
ChristyLockstein More than 1 year ago
How Sweet It Is by Alice Wisler is a sweet novel of learning to let go. Deena Livingston bears both physical and emotional scars from her ex-fiance. After he crashed his car, she needed 179 stitches to repair the damage, and in the hospital, she learned that he had been cheating on her. The two devastating blows send her from her home in Atlanta to the mountains of North Carolina where her grandfather left her his cabin in his will. A clause to the will requires her to teach cooking to junior high students at a nearby youth center. Deena starts her own cake-decorating business, but it's harder for her to connect with her young students who each bear wounds of their own: abandonment, abuse, and neglect. A handsome social worker and a Eagles-singing plumber both help Deena get past her pain as she learns that you have to give in order to receive. I love Wisler's writing, because her stories are primarily character-driven. Deena is the focus of this novel, and the reader quickly falls in love with the slow, steady pace and unique storytelling. Every one of her books is a breath of fresh air.
Carlybird More than 1 year ago
Alice J Wisler has done it again. In her new book, How Sweet It Is, we meet Deena Livingston. Deena is a young woman who has been through her fair share of pain. After an accident that left her scarred and a break-up that left her heartbroken, Deena decides to move from Atlanta to Bryson City, a small mountain town in North Carolina. Deena's Grandpa Ernest has left her his mountain cabin with the condition that she teach a cooking class to disadvantaged children. From the day she arrives in Bryson City, she is challenged to let go of her anger and forgive the past, not just by the children, but also by social worker Zack. As Deena continues to deal with her pain and hide her scars, she discovers an attraction to Zack and a genuine love for the children she teaches. She learns that scars are not just on the outside and that she and the children have more in common than she first thought. Alice J Wisler is a writer with incredible talent. I adored this book, from the first page to the last. I think the thing that makes Alice's books so special is her ability to create characters that are very endearing. The characters in How Sweet It Is were written with such heart and such care. Each character is so unique and has his or her own pain in life. This book really spoke to me and it meant a lot to me to see this group of people, including Deena, come to grips with the need to heal and forgive. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. If you have not already read Alice's first book, Rain Song, do yourself a big favor and read that one too. You will be changed and your heart will be warmed. I loved this book and I am looking forward to more from this very talented author.
Dimmons More than 1 year ago
HOW SWEET IT IS is remarkable prose, with a meaningful story line that radiates warmth, southern charm, and friendships. Deena heads to Bryson City, NC to live in her grandpa's cabin. After a tragic accident, and the breakup of her engagement to Lucas, this young woman is determined to keep to herself, heal, stay away from men, and open her own cake business. What a surprise when she learns she is supposed to teach cooking to middle school kids per Grandpa's request. Through her mountain experiences (many with a noisy owl), Deena learns to journal, accept her circumstances, be loved, and love again. Highly recommend this novel, especially for those who love Southern fiction. Wisler's characters find their way into your heart. I grew especially fond of Jonas and even sullen Darren, one of the many challenges in Deena's life. Wisler's first novel, RAIN SONG, brought warmth and beauty in its pages. HOW SWEET IT IS is equally brilliant.