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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446561991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446561990
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,777,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAVE REVIEWS FOR SOPHIE GUNN AND HOW SWEET IT IS:

"HOW SWEET IT IS will set your heart on fire"
-Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author

"One sweet read! Everything I love best: humor, warmth, emotions that pull at the heartstrings, characters that step off the page, and a wonderful love story."
-- Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author

"The writing here is crisp and astute; the dialog crackles with witty charm."—Library Journal

About the Author

Sophie Gunn grew up in suburban Philadelphia, but raced to New York City as soon as she got the chance. After four years at Columbia University, she worked at several of Manhattan's top advertising agencies as a copywriter, penning ads for Pepsi, BMW, Sony, and other major brands. When her husband got a job in a tiny town in upstate New York, she knew her ad career was over. So she opened a computer file and typed, "Chapter One." Now, she's back in Philadelphia, six blocks from where she grew up, with her two cats, two kids, and one husband, writing what she loves and wondering why she ever left.

You can learn more at:

SophieGunn.com

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Twitter, @sophegunn.

More About the Author

Sophie Gunn grew up in suburban Philadelphia, but raced to New York City as soon as she got the chance. After four years at Columbia University, she worked at several of Manhattan's top advertising agencies as a copywriter, penning ads for Pepsi, BMW, Sony, and other major brands. When her husband got a job in a tiny town in upstate New York, she knew her ad career was over. So she opened a computer file and typed, "Chapter One." Now, she's back in Philadelphia, six blocks from where she grew up, writing small-town romances for Grand Central Publishing and using her ad knowledge for her own good. She lives with her two cats, two kids, and one husband, doing what she loves and wondering why she ever left.

Customer Reviews

It all eventually came together, but I felt like there was too much going on.
Christie
So he starts showing up to fix things like the broken gate, the broken porch light, etc.
Jane
I loved the author's writing so much that I will definitely want to read more from her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lizzie Bea Carpenter has successfully lived life as a waitress and single mother with her daughter Paige for the last 14 years. She didn't need the rat that deserted her as an unwed mother in a small town and she doesn't need Dante "Tay" Giovanni either even though he is quite the handyman. What she needs are her friends who were enemies but now her closest confidents to talk to. Lizzie and her girlfriends rewrote the book on frenemies and truth being told all the time is not always in the best interest of anyone.

But Tay is doing penance for a poor decision that changed too many lives including his own and helping Lizzie around her broken down house helps. He gave up everything to try and correct his mistake and never thought that be the answer to a waitress's prayer would be one of them. Lizzie works hard at her job and keeps life for her and Paige good but not great and all she needs is someone to help fix up her house before the past comes knocking on her door trying to wreak havoc and attempting to take her comfortable life away.

Lizzie lets Tay and his assorted menagerie of animals work on her property and he finds a way to finagle a place in her heart. Lizzie knows how to stay strong and tough but sometimes it does not hurt to let someone else mend the fence or fix the front porch light. No strings attached with men and surrounded by her friends was how Lizzie saw herself until Tay showed up and they were able to teach one another how to forgive and live life without guilt and try to let go of the burdens that weigh us down.

With money flying around, a man in her present stirring up long buried feeling, the past causing problems and a sister recovering from postpartum depression Lizzie has her hands full.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2011
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In Galton, New York Ethan Pond the father of his fourteen year old daughter Paige informs Lizzie Carpenter he is coming to see his offspring for the holidays. The "ratbastard" abandoned her when she was a pregnant high school senior. Lizzie tells her friends/enemies (Jill, Nina and Georgia) at the Enemy Club that "pondscum" is coming to see his daughter. She also wishes she could hire a handyman to fix up her house.

Dante "Tay" Giovanni happens to be in town to fund a college student Candy as he holds himself culpable for the car accident that killed her mom. Tay overhears Lizzie's wish and begins repairing the house as guilt prevents him sleeping anyway during his sleepless nights. However she begins to join him and Dune the cat on their nocturnal fixer upper and soon afterward love heals two hearts.

This is an entertaining Enemies Club contemporary romance starring two interesting lead characters. Whereas Lizzie is somewhat typical of the sub-genre, a working single mom with doubts about having a man in her life, Tay brings the freshness with his deep guilt over the accident to include surviving. The support cast including an elderly neighbor enhances a terrific opening act as Sophie Gunn provides an engaging tale in which love helps heal emotional wounds.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christie VINE VOICE on February 2, 2011
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Lizzie is a single mom working at the same diner she worked at in high school. Her closest friends have formed what they call the "enemy club". Former enemies from high school who are now "best enemies forever". When Lizzie receives a letter from the boy who knocked her up and ran in high school claiming he wants to meet their daughter, she asks the enemies for advice. This leads to a discussion where Lizzie says she wishes for a man that will show up, help fix her run down house, and leave.

Tay Giovanni is at the diner when Lizzie makes her wish. He has arranged to meet Candy who is the daughter of the woman killed when he ran a red light. He hopes she'll accept a bag of cash so she can stay in college. Tay also hopes this will help him heal from the anxiety that he suffers as a result of the accident. Candy refuses the cash, but Tay leaves it anyway. Later he sees Candy who informs him she tossed the money in a gorge. Tay decides he'll have to stick around to search for the money. His insomnia keeps him awake at night, so he takes to wandering the streets doing chores for people hoping to ease his guilt. Lizzie is one of those people. There is a spark between the two from first confrontation, but Tay finds it impossible to move past the guilt and Lizzie is determined to never rely on a man for anything.

After seeing the adorable cover for this one I had to read it. I was also totally intrigued by the concept of being best friends with the girls who were your enemies in high school. I liked main character Lizzie, but Tay didn't really do it for me. He did it for Lizzie though so I guess that is all that matters. He isn't a bad love interest, but I tend to like my book men a little more alpha and aggressive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves FAB Romance on April 1, 2011
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Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one hand, Paige should meet her father. On the other hand, does he deserve to meet Paige after so much time has passed? So she takes the letter to work with her and discusses the situation with her "Enemy Club" - Lizzie and three other women who hated each other in high school and are now...friends who tell each other the truth - always.

Paige is delighted that her father is coming. The letter is postmarked from Geneva, so she's sure he'll take her back with him so she can work on her snowboarding there. She wants to be a professional snowboarder, and is dreaming that he's come to take her away from the small town of Galton. Lizzie is stuck trying to be supportive of the fact that he's coming, while trying not to get Paige's expectations up. Paige accuses her of trying to keep Ethan from being interested in Paige by living in a shabby house. Lizzie knows she's let things go, but doesn't know how to fix it all.

Tay Giovanni is in the diner when he overhears Lizzie's wish for a man to help fix up the house. Tay is passing through town on his own mission: A year ago, he accidentally hit and killed a woman in an automobile accident. Although it was declared an accident and he was not punished, he can't get over it. He sold his possessions and tries to do good works. His final act of kindness is to give all his money to the woman's daughter, Candy, who is going to college in Galton. Things don't end up like he anticipated, and he ends up spending some time in town, where he decides to fix Lizzie's fence.
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