I love plane rides. Hours in a cramped seat, with arms overflowing onto other passenger's laps, knees stuffed up to your face, and six-dollar peanuts. What a beautiful existence. Well, it was this last Wednesday. On my flight home, I squeezed Krista Phillips, "Sandwich With a Side of Romance" between my knees and my nose. Only three quarters of the book left to go and three hours between Scottsdale, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Here. We. Go.
HOLY PEANUTS! I think I may have discovered the next Denise Hunter. Krista's debut novel is wacked out with amazingness. I know, I always gush over books, but really ... I do only gush when I feel they're gush-worthy. Krista's book was so well-balanced, so put together, concise, and gutsy, I didn't think a demure looking, pretty, brunette author who is Krista, could pull together such a witty piece of literature. LOVED. IT.
Characters: Ok. So Maddie, the main character, is fiesty. What I loved about her fiestiness is the fact that it was a cover -- for anxiety, insecurity, guilt, and shame. It was the perfect cover to unveil as the story and the romance moved forward. Inside we see someone who no longer deserves to be loved, who's past failures were spawned by abuse and neglect, and who doesn't realize the grace her Lord brings her more love than she can fathom. Rueben, our hero, is a jerk. I LOVED IT! I love jerks. To the extent that their form of jerkiness is impatience, irritability, strong-minded confidence, and lovability. Yeah. You wouldn't think an insensitive hero could be loveable, did you? Well, Krista nailed it. And made him drop dead gorgeous with FANTASTIC hair. Rueben was a great dichotemy between Maddie's soiled past and his shielded past. Grown up Christian, well-raised, well-loved, and stable, Reuben has to learn that his "issues" are perhaps God's means of teaching him sensitivity and outreach to this snippy young thang just just rolled into town.
Setting: Is Sandwich, Illinois a real place? I think it is. And, though the landmarks don't necessarily scream an identity, the PEOPLE of Sandwich is what makes this setting really work. It's a town filled with familiar faces -- people we meet everyday. The busy-bodies, the givers, the spiteful, and those who sacrifice.
Romance: It's thick, lovely, heady. As delicious as a BLT, as juicy as a turkey on rye, and as filling as a grilled ham and cheese.
SO to celebrate Krista's new release and to share the delicious goodness - CCC BLOG is GIVING AWAY our personal copy of Sandwich With A Side of Roamnce!!
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You can receive up to FIVE entries by the doing the above. And trust me, you'll want EVERY ONE!
Drawing will be announced on Monday morning, the 22nd. Only applicable to those living in the United States.
What's been your best read of the week?