A Splash of Substance

A Splash of Substance

by Elizabeth Maddrey

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ISBN-13: 9780692385470
Publisher: Janotima Books
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Series: Taste of Romance , #1
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

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A Splash of Substance (Taste of Romance, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story's question is: Should Christians be engaged in politics. Several points p f view are discussed but the reader is left to analyse various considerations for himself. A chef & a politician meet @ a senator's office. Several points of view are illustated. A great story & good for thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winning Senator Carson’s fundraiser contract’s the best thing that could happen for Paige Jackson…until she ends up in the papers. The budding relationship with the senator’s assistant crumbles into dust and her reputation—and her new business quickly follows. Her world turns upside down, but to her dismay, her parents are there to pick up the pieces. She moves on…broken and lonely. When Jackson Trent meets Paige, he’s never the same again. Just when they discover their attraction for each other, betrayal by the senator reduces his chance for a relationship with Paige to ashes. After his job disappears into disappointment and disillusionment, he struggles to find direction and purpose, and Paige refuses to answer his calls. A story of assumptions and expectations, Elizabeth Maddrey takes Christians where we don’t want to go, but need to be as civil servants and children of God. What do we do (or don’t do) for our principles? Our faith? Are we content to continue about our daily lives unheedful of the consequences of our actions or inaction? And in the end, consider…how can we put a “splash of substance” back into the world? This was a well-written, contemporary book which addressed authentic, modern issues. It was a pleasant, easy read, and I give it four stars.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Splash of Substance**** by Elizabeth Maddrey Chef Paige Jackson has started her own catering business using local, sustainable foods. She wants no part of politics, leaving God to govern the world. Jackson Trent works on Capital Hill for Senator Carson. He believes in putting his beliefs in action, even in the political field. Jackson and Paige meet when Paige makes a bid to cater the Senator's upcoming fund raiser and wins. Paige and Jackson both are Christians and have strong ideas on how they should live. I really liked Jackson and Paige. Their friends and Paige's father are a great addition to the story. Misunderstandings, forgiveness, struggles, heartbreak, strong faith, prayer, romance, shocking news that impacts Jackson and Paige, trusting, honor and integrity, with a little humor, all make A Splash of Substance an enjoyable story. I don't usually read stories with a political setting, but after getting past that, this was a good story. ~~I won an e-book copy of this book from ACFW and the author for my honest review~~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Maddrey's A Splash of Substance Politics, food, scandal, a senator, a senator's aide, a chef, humor, faith and romance all combine to make this book a worthwhile read. The characters were very realistic and well defined. The main characters had their own distinct issues but learning to interact from distrust at the start, to them beginning to care and trust for each other keep the reader engrossed. You will find twists and turns, intrigue, social issues, learning about food and politics with plenty of entertaining secondary characters. I volunteered to read this eBook. Thanks to book fun.org and the author for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
An Enjoyable Romance My Thoughts: Being that this is the first book I’ve read by this author, I was not sure what to expect. However, having read it, I know that I’ll be coming back to read more of her works. Elizabeth Maddrey’s A Splash of Substance is a very enjoyable romance. I liked how the main characters were quite different from each other. On the one hand you have Paige Jackson, owner of a catering company, who isn’t even registered to vote. On the other hand, you have Jackson Trent, who works for a senator on Capitol Hill. That alone puts them on opposite ends of the spectrum, but as the saying goes, opposites attract. However, it doesn’t happen over night and I enjoyed the way their relationship evolved from work associates, to friendship, and then to romance instead of immediately to romance. I also enjoyed how they each embraced different viewpoints on issues that they originally didn’t see eye to eye on. All of this lended to making their relationship more real. The author also threw in some interesting supporting characters that added to the humor that was also part of the story. Jackson’s roommates were so fun. Their dialogues, interactions, and banter with one another were so spot on and added so much to the story. Paige’s roommate, on the other hand, left much to be desired, but their interactions added much to the story as well. Although A Splash of Substance is a romance, it also had humor, faith issues, some social issues, and a little splash of intrigue. All in all it made for a fun and entertaining read that you’re sure to enjoy. *****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
A Splash of Substance is an enjoyable book. It is the first in a series called Taste of Romance. This can be read as a standalone. Each book deals with one of the three roommates. This book deals with Jackson. The book deals with a catering company, politics, faith, family, life, relationships, trust, and love. It is a light ,easy to read book but it does have some major topics also contained in it. I look forward to reading about Ben and Zach in the other books. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
A Splash of Substance, book one of the Taste of Romance series, is written by Elizabeth Maddrey. This is the first novel that I have read by this author, although she has published several others. I thoroughly enjoyed A Splash of Substance—a light, upbeat romantic story. Yet, this novel also embraces more serious views such as a Christian’s civic responsibility. Main character, Jackson Trent, works on Capitol Hill for a prominent Senator, acting on his beliefs to help shape national policy. Paige Jackson, the female lead in the story, has firm convictions about sustainable living in the suburbs and using local produce and ingredients in the catering company that she owns. Jackson and Paige are enlisted to work together, after the Senator’s staff member who usually oversees fundraisers leaves and Jackson inherits the position. Paige is not even a registered voter, and Jackson is hardly a fan of sustainable, gourmet dining which Paige caters. However, their attraction is mutual and gradually they start dating. When Senator Carson’s actions come under fire, she allows Paige to be drawn into the scandal. Jackson must convince Paige that he was not involved in any of it and has to work to win her back. The careers of each take a sudden turn, and their lives are disrupted. Are they too different really or has the political scene ruined their chance for love? I recommend this fun, entertaining novel that also addresses ethics and values of a Christian. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Splash of Substance is my first read by author Elizabeth Maddrey and she told a very interesting tale. Interwoven with civic duty and living a sustainable lifestyle was a love story of two young adults who are looking to live the best that they can. And though neither expects to make a huge impact, what changes they can make for the better in their personal lives they hope will be a benefit to others. I really liked Paige Jackson and Jackson Trent (clever concerning the names) and really rooted for them through the whole book. We do get both sides of their story making their whole romance well rounded. Jackson was my favorite, and though I liked Paige, she was a bit of an icy character and very, very stubborn. Jackson had his work cut out for him. Not only did I learn some lessons about living with the goal of sustainability but Ms. Maddrey gives us a peak into the behind the scenes workings of a political candidate and her campaign. All in all, this story was well done and very interesting. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
In A Splash of Substance, author Elizabeth Maddrey manages to blend topics of civic duties and sustainable living in a wonderful tale. Paige Jackson needs to find more clients, or she will have to shut the doors of her catering business. She submits a bid to cater a fundraiser for Senator Beatrice Carson, hoping to acquire new clients from among the attendees. Jackson Trent is the member of Senator Carson’s staff begrudgingly in charge of the fundraiser, his first effort at this particular task. Paige wants to “live gently” using locally grown produce in her recipes. When planning her menus, she also plans to use the entire cow not just the steaks in order to reduce wasting the less desirable cuts of meat. Jackson hasn’t ever considered such ideas. Jackson believes Christians should be in politics to help keep legislation in line with Godly values and what the forefathers had in mind. Paige believes God can run things in the world without her input, and she isn’t even registered to vote. Jackson stays abreast of current events and how they could affect the Senator. Paige doesn’t even watch the news. Yet when Jackson and Paige begin dating, they honestly consider if these differences are “deal breakers” to the relationship. I thought that was fabulous! Instead of trying to make the relationship work without considering their differences, they evaluated their core beliefs to see when and if they could compromise. As Senator Carson becomes the target of scandalous reports, Jackson gets put in an extremely difficult position. I felt like neither option he had was good; he was between the proverbial rock and a hard place. I also liked the fact that Jackson and Paige didn’t kiss on their first date. She was even hesitant to let him into her apartment when it was the two of them alone. They were both conscious of their Christian witness. POSSIBLE SPOILERS ** It seemed that Paige didn’t really listen to Jackson’s attempt to explain and reconcile, which was understandable. But I thought she should have reconsidered long before she did. I also liked that they weren’t engaged at the end of the book. They were still just dating, although they also realized they had survived their first major difficulty in the relationship. ** I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. The sustainable living concept and the political responsibility debate were not at all offensive, but they were thought provoking. The secondary characters were interesting, and I’m glad to see that Jackson’s friends Ben and Zach will be in future books in the series. I look forward to finishing the series. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series. I liked Paige and Jackson from the second book and I was happy to read how their relationship started. One of the things I like with some Christian fiction is that the characters are not rushed into physical intimacy. The development of these characters was at just the right pace. They remind us that we all have issues that we need God to change in our lives. I love the friendship among Jackson and his roommates. It is great to read about guys discussing something other than sports and video games. It was nice to see them speaking about God and their feelings. It did not lessen their manliness but increase it. Paige is a woman on a mission that does not realize that God wants her on his mission. Her relationship with her mother is complicated and her new business is floundering. God does so many things to get her attention. In the midst of all this he sends a great guy in her life. God is always working in our lives to restore our relationship with him. I cannot wait to read the final book in the series. I was going to donate this book but I found that I could not part with it. I think reader will learn things about themselves and God. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
A Splash of Substance was a great book. It’s the first in the series so I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series as well. I like the way Ms. Maddrey writes - her characters are flawed and believable, her storyline is intriguing and I didn’t want to put it down. It was a perfect book for giving me what I needed: A chance to relax, unwind and just enjoy a great smile at the end of a busy day. Wonderful book - can’t wait to read more from this author. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a fun, lighthearted romance with some politics and sustainable living thrown in! “She doesn’t vote. He works for a senator. Is this a recipe for romance or disaster?” I really enjoyed A Splash of Substance. It takes in DC and the Virginia suburbs so I knew the area. The characters are very “real”. She struggles with having enough money, roommate difficulties, work, her parents, and how a Christian is to respond to these challenges. He struggles with work and roommates and the question does what he is doing in politics really matter. Both learn from the other, but will the differences be too much? Not only was this a fun read (light clean romance), it was also enlightening and thought provoking – I have never really thought about where my food comes from although I have thought about the role of Christians in government. Both ideas were gently woven in the story and not preached. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short, riveting read. I started and finished this in 1 hour, couldn't put it down. I love that the book talks about sustainability which is rarely discussed in Christian fiction. The story flowed, the plot was sensible yet somewhat suspenseful and kept me turning pages to see the final outcome. I found the characters believable, thought they were fleshed out nicely and they seemed like "real" people. I will look for other things written by Ms. Maddrey. I received a complimentary copy of this book but it in no way influenced my review. This is an enjoyable, relaxing read.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Paige Jackson, owner of the Taste and See Catering, holds a different view of how food should be used to feed mankind. The philosophy for her company is “sustainability” – which means use every part of the food item. When she is asked to cater a political fund-raiser with steaks, she insists that the entire cow be prepared in various ways as appetizers and main course. How was she to know this one event would change her life. Both good and bad came of it including Jackson Trent. This was an interesting book to read. It brought out how “dirty politics” can affect many lives. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
SPLASH OF SUBSTANCE is an enjoyable story of two earnest, well-intentioned young people who find the truth in the famous line, “The course of true love never did run smooth”. Misunderstandings, hurt and disillusionment seem to have ended this sweet romance before it even had a chance to put down roots and grow. The characters are Christians by profession and lifestyle, and their idealism about politics and relationships are a reflection of this world view. Both are lovable and klutzy about dating, and the reader can’t help but hope that love will conquer all in the end. I learned a lot about sustainable eating and the discussions about Christians and their role in the political system gave me plenty of “food for thought”. I happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story well written and a great cast of characters. I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are solely mine.