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Sweet Baklava [Kindle Edition]

Debby Mayne
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Book Description

After years of looking for a place to belong, Paula Andrews finally finds her niche in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her soap and candle shop flourishes, and her friendship with the Papadopoulos family gives her the love and support she never got from her own family.The only thing missing is a romance-or in the grand hopes of the Papadopoulos family, a proper marriage. Preferably with Nick, their favorite son, currently serving in the Air Force. Paula, however, has doubts. After all, he's been gone a long time and loves flying. Their lives have grown apart. Would he still feel anything for her?When Nick comes home on leave, sparks fly, and not just with Paula. Nick's father wants him home, helping with the family sponge-diving business. His mother wants him back in the family, back in church. Nick just wants Paula . . . and the Air Force.So who's going to give in first? And what will it mean for their love and future?

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Romance novelist Mayne (Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida) reunites Paula Andrews, owner of a soap and candle business in Tarpon Springs, Fla., with her high school sweetheart, Nick Papadopoulos, now in the Air Force. Nick's romantic family pushes aggressively for a rematch when Nick is home on leave, plying Paula with lots of Greek food to keep her around. But Paula and Nick have some insecurities to work out, including fallout from Paula's parents' divorce. Attempts to build romantic tension get repetitive, as does the Papadopoulos family's scheming (though the recipes at the end look tasty). Minor characters have similarly slack development arcs as they come to see the errors of their ways. Mayne's Christian plot elements resemble powdered sugar, sprinkled over complications to resolve them, but readers who like their Christian fiction sweet and light will enjoy this confection. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida. To learn more about Debby visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0L6A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All this and baklava too! March 22, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think it really does a disservice to other readers when people pick up a free Kindle download just because it's free, without ever looking into what KIND of book it is. Then if it turns out to be something other than they anticipated, the reader comes on here and gives it a bad review! It's so unfair to the rest of us who actually GO LOOKING for a fun romance with a happy ending and a Christian thread running through it. That's the kind of book I enjoy reading ... and Debby Mayne's Sweet Baklava really fit the bill for me. I enjoyed the family dynamics of this story, as well as the way those dynamics played into the substance of who the main characters really are. This was a fun read ... and I think I gained a couple of pounds by living vicariously through that Greek food! All of it, including the book, was just yummy!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This ones for your sweet romance tastebuds February 27, 2011
The faithful fiction author, Debby Mayne, gives us her newest Christian romance novel, Sweet Baklava. High School sweethearts, Paula Andrews and Nick Papadopoulos, reunite in their hometown of Tarpon Springs, Florida, several years after Paula left for college and Nick joined the Air Force. Paula now owns her own candle and soap store in town, while Nick loves the Air Force and is not ready to leave it. They are still in love with each other, but will they be able to overcome their insecurities and mesh their dreams together that seem to conflict with one another?

This book puts a different spin on the traditional romance novels of late. Most romance novels seem predictable in what will happen in the end, but Sweet Baklava keeps you guessing the whole way through that you will not be able to put this book down. The minor characters play a huge role in this novel. They help to move the story along quickly, bringing a fun and entertaining aspect to the novel, especially Nick's large Greek family, that owns most of the businesses in town, that makes the whole town seem like one big loving family, even when they are scheming to get Paula and Nick together. Mayne does a great job of incorporating Christian values and views into the novel without it making it seem preachy.

This book is perfect for anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted read. Do not be scared away by the Christian romance aspect of the novel, because even though there is talk of God and church throughout the novel, it does not play a huge role in the novel itself, even though these values are what drive the characters to do what they do. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good new romance novel to read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book so much. So many couples go through exactly what Paula and Nick do: they have their own goals and passions and giving it up for a chance to be with someone they love is risky. Perhaps the timing hasn't been right before, perhaps they each have been working for something and aren't sure if the other person is ready to commit, or perhaps the couple has been on and off. There are so many times I hear about something like this, and I thought Debby Mayne did a wonderful job capturing what is a real-life situation for many couples.

The characters are really lovely. I so enjoyed coming back to this book every day and seeing what was going to happen. Paula runs a soap and candle store, and the descriptions of her business made me smelling those candles every time I cracked open the book. I liked the backdrop of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and could picture the sights of the town and just about smell the ocean air from the descriptions of the restaurants and shops.

I especially loved the Papadopoulos family with their generosity and endless supply of food! In fact, if you aren't hungry by the time you finish Sweet Baklava, you will be when you see the small collection of recipes at the end.

I could so relate to Paula, who loves Nick but isn't sure if she can give up her business and the stability that Tarpon Springs has provided. I also found her a wonderful example of what God's grace can do. This was the first Debby Mayne novel I read, and would recommend it. (I'm also going to pick up a few more from her.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book! March 13, 2011
By xepshn8
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i really enjoyed this book. nick and paula were very believable and i found myself rooting for them to find a way to be together. this was a nice easy read, something to read to escape your own life for a while and get caught up in nick and paula's
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this book! March 1, 2011
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Debby Mayne is such a talented writer and she has an amazing way of bringing her characters to life. Once I picked up this book, it was impossible to put it down. I was swept up in this wonderful and tender romance from the from first page to the last. This is a book I would definitely recommend to everyone.

Paula Andrews and Nick Papadoplulos had fallen in love with each other in high school. But Nick became restless and didn't want to work in his family's sponge diving or restaurant businesses in the Greek community in Tarpon Springs, Florida. So, he enlists in the Air Force.

Now years later Paula and Nick both believes they are right where they want to be in their lives. Nick is happy in the military, and Paula owns her own candle and soap business, which is growing by leaps and bounds...but they're both missing one thing...true love.

When Nick returns home on leave, the moment he sees Paula again, he knows he's still deeply in love with her. And, she feels the same way about him.
It doesn't take long before Nick realizes he wants Paula in his life forever, and doesn't want them to be apart again. He tells her he's thinking about not re-enlisting and staying in Tarpon, Springs to be with her. Even though Paula wants him to stay, she knows he loves the military and she fears if he stays he will eventually grow to resent her.

With the help and preseverance of some meddling,but loving, Papadolpoulos women, and the undying love Nick and Paula has for each the end, Love finds a way!

Sweet Baklava was a wonderful read, and I look forward to reading Debby's next book. And, as an extra bonus, many of the mouth-watering Greek recipes in the book are listed in the back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy.
These are just for my library. They were new when they arrived. shipped quickly. I'm happy.
Published 1 month ago by C. Hankins
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nice easy read. Just right to relax with.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It would have been good without the reference to the church
It would have been good without the reference to the church. It was just a nice love story and nothing more.
Published 5 months ago by Harriet L. Horowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Meaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was as described and arrived on time
Published 5 months ago by Jayne Loulos
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
This was a very predictable story. I knew how it was going to end so it did not keep my interest very well. I have read better Christian stories.
Published 6 months ago by Gladys E. Thorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
This book was fun to read. I liked all the recipes at the end of the book. Really cute story.
Published 7 months ago by Gloria Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book! Even shares some Greek heritage
I really enjoyed reading this book. Lots of "ups and downs", but it works out. Good Christian values, which is very important to me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Norma Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted story
I enjoyed the lighthearted story and characters in this book that covers forgiveness, living in grace and family and friendship connections
Published 9 months ago by MamaBear
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative.
My first book by Debby Mayne and I enjoyed it very much. I didn't know much about Greek culture or foods and found the story line educational. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Happy Grandma
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More About the Author

Author and speaker Debby Mayne grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her comfort foods are as diverse as her interests. You might find her eating sushi while reading a cozy mystery novel or fried catfish while watching a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game.

Her husband of more than 30 years has accepted the fact that outside of her faith and family, books are the most important thing in her life. She and Wally have two grown daughters, Lauren and Alison, two sons-in-law, Jason and Ryan, and two granddaughters.

Debby has published more than 30 books and novellas, approximately 400 short stories and articles, and a slew of devotions for busy women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers.

She and her husband Wally currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. To learn more about Debby, visit her website at

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