Sweet Life

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What if you got away from it all-and then it all got away from you?

When her husband gets a new job, Marissa Price leaves the island of Manhattan for the island of Hawaii. Paradise seems like the perfect place to find herself, save her marriage, and reconnect with her daughter. But Marissa discovers her new life is less about beaches and beautiful sunsets and more about cows and lava flows. Their new ?home? is a fixer-upper. But what most needs fixing-her marriage? is the first ...

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Overview

What if you got away from it all-and then it all got away from you?

When her husband gets a new job, Marissa Price leaves the island of Manhattan for the island of Hawaii. Paradise seems like the perfect place to find herself, save her marriage, and reconnect with her daughter. But Marissa discovers her new life is less about beaches and beautiful sunsets and more about cows and lava flows. Their new ?home? is a fixer-upper. But what most needs fixing-her marriage? is the first thing to crumble when her husband announces he wants time apart to find himself. Pulled in opposite directions, Marissa is faced with the most important decision of her life-a choice that will define who she is, what she wants, and where her happiness lies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616850258
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2010
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mia King is currently at work on her next novel.
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Satisfying Read

    This book is mainly about Paul and Marissa Price, a couple who decided to move to Hawaii, the paradise, with their daughter, Elizabeth 'Pansy' when Paul was promoted to GM, both of them believing that Hawaii will bring them a sweet life. But after two months, Marissa's marriage started to fall apart when she suspected her husband of having an affair with another woman.

    I'm not particularly fond of any of the main characters in this book. Marissa seemed like a snobbish, materialistic woman who owns things that are only consisted of designer products. Paul wasn't much better either. He was kind of insipid, actually. He was very annoying throughout the book (except at the end), and this made me feel like punching him. He demandedd some time apart from his wife on Valentine's Day, and left the house without much explanation. Can anyone be more uncool than he?

    I felt like the novel was dragging at many places. What can be summed up in the synopsis actually took 123 pages to be fully described. I think it would be better to reveal less in the synopsis if that is the case. However, the story gets better and better from the middle part towards the end. I didn't want to stop reading. I was anxious to find out whether Marissa would accept Tom's love. I wanted to know if Marissa's marriage will eventually end up with a divorce.

    The supporting characters were more lovable in many ways. Jane, Kavena and Malia were wonderful people who played an important part in Marrissa's life - they were both tenants and supportive friends who offered advice and consolation to her whenever she needed them. She was really lucky to have met them.

    To sum things up, Sweet Life is not an extraordinary novel that will leave you raving about its excellence, but it is still sweet, enjoyable and special in its own way. It offers you with a decent amount of Aloha and Hawaiian goodness that will leave you satisfied.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2010

    A fun read!

    The cover immediately draws me in. It is such a beautiful photo, very touching and the color scheme modern and relaxing. I would say the story mirrors the cover and is a fun, easy read. It reads quickly and I love the recipes in the end. For the reason of the recipes alone I would keep it in my permanent library. :) I gotta try to make them first at least. This review is biased of course in that I live in Waimea (where the story is set) and I know the author very well. I love Mia's writing style, always witty and so naturally descriptive, it seems so effortless. Whereas I do not relate well to her brand name dropping and her strong homeschooling slant, I enjoyed her description of our town, envisioning the various areas she describes (or hints at) and the culture of the people in it. The characters lives were fun to follow. It was almost like eavesdropping on the latest small town gossip. I'd like to play devil's advocate though and say I hoped for a different ending...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

    Sweet life: How sweet it is!

    "Sweet Life" by Mia King is pure beach reading.even if it's in mid-winter and the coast is miles away. The author, who has a flare for travel vignettes, re-creates such a vivid, off-the-beaten-path-where-the-locals-live slice of Hawaii that you can almost smell the salty ocean mingle with the fresh plumeria in the air.pass me a chunk of guava, please, ummm..now back to the book.

    An extra star goes to an interesting plot that involves the main character, Marissa and her husband Paul, along with their young daughter, undertaking a major relocation from Manhattan to Hawaii due to Paul's job promotion. Oops, one star down; some of the plot is a bit too incredulous. I mean, what are the odds of meeting an annoying fellow passenger on an airplane, only to end up roommates who transform from total opposites to total friends? Other unrealistic situations bring Marissa together with two other women who end up being Marissa's roommates after her husband skips out on her. Since the plot forces many of the puzzle pieces in the main character's life together, I could not get fully lost in the book.

    On the plus side, call me Pollyanna, but I love the fact that Paul, Marissa's husband who is on the brink of a breakdown, ends up being a squeaky-clean committed husband. It is a refreshing break from a divorce-thirsty society and the way Mia sets up these circumstances is quite ingenious, but definitely credible.

    The author's recipes (her hallmark) add another layer of sweetness to the book. Call it a day, grab a blanket and head to the beach of your mind, this book is meant for pure paradisiacal escape.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    A Sweet Heart

    I loved this book from the get-go. I longed to be in Hawaii and smells the smells, see the ocean. What a great plotline and Mia King is a great author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2010

    Not what I expected

    I had high hopes for this book. I am originally from Hawaii and very nostalgic. I read "Moloka'i" and absolutely loved it. That book was a masterpiece; this book was a flop. The storyline, although it had a small twist, was unengaging and the prose was not descriptive. The characters were equally unengaging. I don't understand what all the hullabaloo from previous reviews was about. It fell seriously short of my expectations.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Great Read

    I felt like I was in Hawaii reading this book. I could see the beautiful scenery unfold. This is a great story of bonds between women, a mother/daughter relationship and finding what you really want out of life.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Fun Read

    Originally posted on my blog: http://mrsvsreviews.blogspot.com/2008/11/sweet-life.html

    I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed the format of having the book start with a prologue letting readers know that Marissa had a disasterous Valentine's Day and that her marriage is falling apart. The first chapter takes us back in time to see how her life ended up the way it is. After her husband received an offer to immediately transfer to Hawaii Marissa struggled with being ready to leave behind her career. As a reader I knew that they obviously ended up going and that it was a disaster. My stomach clenched as I was wishing they would just stay in New York and avoid her prologue heartbreak. However, as I got further into the book I realized that Hawaii was only a catalyst to the unevitable. I was constantly trying to put the puzzle pieces together to understand how everything fit together.

    When I finally got to the part of the book where the prologue scene played out I realized that it was not as it seemed. The book had plenty of twists and turns to keep me on my toes as a reader.

    In the back of the book there are also recipes that complement different scenes from the book. I love to skim material at the back of books, but I realized that it was not such a good idea in this case because the titles of the recipes give away a bit of information, so I tore myself away from them before seeing any more details too soon. After finishing the book it was fun to read through the titles and descriptions again. It was perfect because it was like looking through a photo album from a memorable experience, prompting on reflections of the ups and downs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    An Easy Read

    This was an easy book to get into. It was easy to put down , but then get back to as well. I loved the setting and learned things about Hawaii while being entertained. Not a great work of literature, but a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. I was glad I selected it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Could not put this book down

    I LOVED this book. I read it in three days. I loved the characters in the book. Had a very good plot. I loved the atmosphere. Most of the book took place in Hawaii and now I really want to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008

    Sweet Life by Mia King

    This was my first read by this author. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, however, the story grabbed me immediately and held my attention. I will read her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    A MUST READ TO SHARE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS

    Wow! Mia King did it again! She challenges her readers in a light hearted way yet her point comes across loud and clear. She says,"Grow up girls, and while you're at it - GET A LIFE!"...or should we say SWEET LIFE? If you are looking for inspiration with island flavor, this is the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    Ready to Reread

    I loved this book! After reading this book I still wanted to know more about the characters and what was going to happen to each one of them, which to me is a sign of a good book. I am already ready to reread this book after finishing it a day ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Mesmirized by Sweet Life

    A high powered couple from New York with a daughter seem to be living ¿the life¿ because they can afford luxuries many of us dream of. Paul and Marissa don¿t have to cook or clean their coveted apartment in a well off area of NYC. Their daughter Pansy goes to a private school and takes ballet lessons. Parties, dining out and designer label clothing are part of their lives. Paul suddenly gets an offer to work in Hawaii and has to make a quick decision. When he breaks the news to Marissa, she is afraid and a bit angry too. She loves her job and can¿t imaging leaving it. But this opportunity can be more than a better job for Paul. It can bring the family closer together. Marissa has noticed that her marriage is not like it was. They¿re to busy to enjoy time together. Pansy is with her nanny more than with her parents. So Marissa gives in to see how the Big Island of Hawaii might change their lives. They are in for more lessons than they could imagine. Sweet Life by Mia King has twists and turns that helped me to realize what is truly important in life, especially in marriage, family and the priorities of money vs. contentment. I read this book in two days. Ms. King has a way of drawing you in from the first chapter. The descriptions of her characters had me feeling like I¿ve known them as friends. I thought I had all the answers to the issues written about but I was wrong and very surprised, in a good way. The friendships that Marissa makes with other women warmed my heart by portraying women as strong and helpful to each other. Ohana means more than your own blood family and Marissa¿s friend teach her this. I enjoyed the explanations of the beliefs held by some people in Hawaii, the culture, the words and sayings. Oh and the recipes! Ms. King complied a list of recipes that will make your mouth water. Expect to spend some sleepless nights when you get this book. You¿ll be reading until you can¿t keep your eyes open any longer. There are so many layers intertwined but you won¿t be confused, instead you¿ll be mesmerized. For more recipes, contests and more visit Mia Kings¿s site. Mahalo to Family Review Network for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Great Book

    Although I normally read christian fiction I will occasionally read other fiction and I am glad that I did. This is a down to earth story about a woman and the choices she must make in marriage, motherhood, and life. It took me only 2 days to read and that is b/c Hubby made me put it down and go to bed! I loved that the book had a positive attitude towards homeschooling also. I would definately recommend this book to my friends with a mild warning that there are a few curse words in it but they are very few and did not take away from the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Sweet Life

    A book has to grab me in the first chapter or chances are, I'll never read it through. Sweet Life did grab me and it grabbed me good. I loved the book and was unable to put it down for any length of time. For me reading a book is much like watching a film. In my mind the characters come to life. So much so that I would easily recognize them if I saw them walking down the street. The locations are always colorful to the point where I can feel the warm breeze or the misty raindrops. Mia King's lovely detailed descriptions of everything from the house in Waimea to the delicious food throughout the story made it easy to put myself right in the middle of all the excitement. The book is funny and full of surprises. It made me feel good, but not just about Marissa 'the heroine' and the other characters, it made me feel good about my Sweet Life too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Sweet Life = Sweet Read!

    Ahhhhh! Can you hear the ocean waves and feel the sand between your toes? That's how I felt after reading Mia King's most recent novel, Sweet Life. This story is filled with memorable characters and dramatic situations. Many women will be able to relate to the issues and choices that Marissa deals with. It's a great read that I'd recommend to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Sweet Read

    I love it when I stumble upon a book that I can't put down. Sweet Life by Mia King is one such book. With rich characters, an intriguing plot and an unforgettable message, this book is going down on my favorites list. The main character, Marissa, is someone you come to love quickly. All of her quirks and vulnerabilities are exposed along with her strengths and good qualities. King does an impressive job of creating a well-rounded heroine. As she follows her husband Paul from New York to his new job in Hawaii, (with daughter Pansy in tow), life begins to unravel. Instead of finding paradise, she loses her marriage...and herself. King, however, takes us on an entertaining ride as we watch Marissa find herself once again, as well as what defines her and makes her truly happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    An entertaining tale

    Paul¿s promotion is too good to pass up so he, his wife Marissa and their daughter Pansy relocate. They leave New York for Hawaii. The whole family has adjustments to make, but especially Marissa who has gone from Manhattan working mom to Islander stay at home mom.-------------------- However, Paul reacts the strangest as demands a trial separation so that he can 'find himself' as he feels he lost his identity to being provider, husband and father. To economically survive, Marissa takes in renters that lead to friendships however, she also knows it is a time of reckoning. She has to decide Hawaii with a chance of Paul returning or New York where employment exists for her.--------------- This entertaining tale focuses on what is a SWEET LIFE as the lead couple relocates to what each assumes will prove to be paradise only to find location is important, but people make their own ¿Eden¿. The story line is character driven especially by Marissa who is unsure what she must do for her and their kids. Although Paul is appallingly simplified to the point of stereotypical born again slacker, fans will enjoy this fine tale of a woman rediscovering just who she is.------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    A definite must-read!

    I was lucky to receive an advanced copy and haven¿t been able to put it down since I¿ve started reading it a few days ago. What I¿ve really enjoyed so far is the way the Hawaiian culture and language is incorporated into this book. It¿s not overwhelming to the point where non-locals won¿t be able to understand the story line. It¿s also a great way to get to know the Big Island of Hawaii and the special way the people there live their lives - away from all the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Definitely a must-read for all you book lovers out there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

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