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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 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 for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She has had novellas in three anthologies that made the CBA bestseller list. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, Alison and Lauren, a son-in-law Jason, and a granddaughter named Emma. To learn more about Debby visit www.debbymayne.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1916 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0L6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Debby Mayne is the author of more than 40 novels and novellas that have received the "Top Pick" award from Romantic Times Magazine and been among the "Top 10 Favorites" in the Heartsong Presents book club. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers.

Debby 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 parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. To learn more about Debby:
Website - debbymayne.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DebbyMayneAuthor
Twitter - www.twitter.com/@debbymayne

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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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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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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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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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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 other...in 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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