Tuesday, July 14, 2020

HOW SWEET IT IS, by Robin Lee Hatcher, Reviewed by Kim #ReleaseDay

First, let me just say I love both the cover and the title of this book. Both of these led me to expect a sweet and light romance with some baking thrown in for fun. While there were sweet and light parts and a little bit of baking, for me, this story was heavier and way more emotional than I expected. I may have cried like a baby after finishing the story- all the while hoping I didn’t wake my sleeping husband up!

We really have three stories in one in this book. The main story was about Jed and Holly. Their story gave me the sweet and light I was expecting. I liked how their relationship grew, I just wished Holly’s previous experience wouldn’t have played quite the large part it did in their story.

Chris and Willow’s story was one of the secondary stories. I wish we could have an entire book devoted to it. As written, I felt there were too many questions left unanswered, which frustrated me and left me wanting more. I think their full story could’ve been really deep, emotional, and filled with God’s grace and love.

Lastly, we had snippets of Andrew and Helen’s story which takes place in the past. This story touched me the most. It was one of forgiveness, love, and God’s peace. This story is the one that had me sobbing like a baby.

I loved how the faith element was seamlessly woven throughout this story. It was deep and didn’t seem forced. The following quote was one of my favorites from this story because I loved the reminder that God’s timing is always perfect.

“God’s grace came not a moment too soon or too late. It came in the moment it was needed.”

This is the third and, I believe, final story in this series. I have not read the first two books and while I wasn’t lost, I think I would’ve enjoyed this story more had I read the first two stories in the series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

BackCover Blurb:
He lost his brother. She lost her dream. Together, they might find what they’re really looking for.

Holly Stanford is doing the best she can with the restaurant she inherited from her late uncle. But after her fiancé abandons her and the business, Holly regrets having given up her dream of becoming a pastry chef. Now a few bad financial decisions might cost her everything, including her hope for the future.

Jed Henning has done well with his new company despite his prodigal brother’s behavior. When Jed‘s father, the controlling member of the board of directors, temporarily suspends operations until his sons work out their differences, Jed resentfully chases his brother, Chris, to Boise. There Jed rents a basement apartment from Holly and hopes to convince Chris to get his act together before their company collapses.

Unaware that Holly is the one person who can help him get through to Chris, Jed starts the tough work of reconciliation armed with little more than a few family photographs, a stack of old letters, and a Bible that belonged to his great-grandfather, Andrew Henning. And as romance blossoms between Holly and Jed, the story of Jed’s great-grandfather highlights the power of God across the generations and the legacy of a family’s courageous faith.
Thomas Nelson Publishing July 2020
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