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Sweet Caroline (A Lowcountry Romance Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Hauck
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Caroline serves others with little time to enjoy the sweeter parts of life. Until her old boyfriend returns to town--and she's given a second chance at first love.

Life hasn't always been so sweet for Caroline Sweeny.

She's sacrifice her desires for others--unlike her mother who abandoned their family years ago. But when a friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Spain, Caroline says "yes" to a new destiny.

But before she can pack her bags, Caroline suddenly finds herself the new owner of the run-down Frogmore CafT--and forced to choose between her friends and her future.

Then her first love, Mitch O'Neal, returns home and encourages her to seek God's desires for her future. With his help, she may just discover the true sweet life.

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    About the Author

    RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans. Visit and

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1438 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 15, 2010)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006GHB6IG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Caroline is Delightful! February 28, 2008
    When Sweet Caroline arrived in the mail, it leapt to the top of my TBR pile. I have thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Hauck's NashVegas books and wondered if this one would measure up. Let me tell you, I loved every page and did not want to see it end.

    As I read this book, I felt like I was transported to South Carolina. From the characters to the dialogue to the activities, it all fit that locale. And the secondary characters add a rich layer to this book. No one is thrown in without serving a purpose, and each adds a dimension to the plot and to Caroline's character.

    I loved this book...and think you will, too.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Surprises! February 27, 2008
    By TBR
    Sweet Caroline is one of those rare books that I could not put down. I was immediately drawn into Caroline's world, didn't want to leave. The story was full of wonderful surprises that literally took my breath away, and the message was strong, clear, sweet. This book is beautiful, sweet, fun, and powerful. I plan to give this book as gifts throughout the year.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 8, 2008
    By SFH
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I have read all of Ms. Hauck's books and I LOVE all of them, however I think this is the best one so far. Usually I can guess where the plot is going but she really surprised me, more than once. I chuckled, laughed and cried. She describes the cafe and the setting so well you feel you really know the people and the town.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! October 22, 2008
    By Sunny
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Caroline is somewhat of a people-pleaser. When there's a need she steps in to help without much thought to her own dreams. Her mother was flighty and ran off when she was younger, and Caroline desperately does not want to be like that. So she goes to the other extreme and becomes ultra-dependable.

    She has lived in small town South Carolina all her life, but when a friend tells her of a job opportunity in Barcelona she decides to throw caution to the wind and go for it. But when the owner of the cafe where she works dies and leaves the cafe to her, it throws a big kink in her new plans. She feels the weight of responsibility to keep the cafe going and the other employees from loosing their jobs.

    As if that's not enough, Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand steals her heart and then her first love, Mitch O'Neal comes back to town. Who knew so much could happen in Smalltown, America! Caroline has some big decisions to make and she's going to need some big help.

    I especially loved Caroline's humor and how her head and her heart would literally talk to each other in the middle of certain situations. I also like that Caroline is grounded and not flighty and helpless. The pain she's lived with because of her mother's abandonment guides all her decisions. It's made her who she is, but does she have to be controlled by it? She never understood the God-thing and I like how he got her attention.

    I don't want to spoil the ending, but she had to make some really tough decisions and trust that they were all for the best. I think she made the right ones, but someone else may disagree. You'll have to decide for yourself!

    This book is a wonderful example of "If I'd known what all I'd have to go through, would I still do it?" So many times we just want the answers.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, and VERY Religious... June 21, 2009
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I read a short synopsis about this book, it sounded good, so I bought it. I'll be honest, had I known this was a Christian Fiction book, I absolutely would have skipped right over it...and I would have missed out on an excellent story.

    I make a point not to read anything own personal reasons, it usually makes me feel uncomfortable since my own beliefs are somewhat...scattered. However, with this book, I didn't mind so much. Don't get me wrong, there was much eye-rolling going on in the beginning, but I was really into the story and wanted to see where it went, so I kept on. The more I read, the more okay I felt with the story, and where it was going, and even the presence of God (no, I'm not gonna start going to church and singing bible hymns, but hey, it's a start).

    As for the story itself, COMPLETELY surprised by the ending! I thought this would be your typical, sweet, southern fiction book with the fairly predictable ending...HA! Not at all. I loved how it ended, and I really came to love all the characters. I even teared up a little (ok, a lot) at the end, when Caroline presented Henry (her brother) with his Christmas gift to her. Overall, a GREAT book, and I will absolutely read more from Ms. Hauck. Still slightly uncomfortable with all the God talk, but the way Ms. Hauck writes it, I almost wish I could find what Caroline found...but that's a battle for me and myself to work out. So glad I read this, and can't wait to read more...thanks Ms. Hauck!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a sweet engaging story April 13, 2008
    I wish Caroline Sweeney was real so I could be her friend. Rachel Hauck has written a book with such depth of characters that I was literally drawn into their world. It reminded me of Steinbeck's Cannery Row where the characters were so engaging I didn't want the book to end. But it was more than just a story. On the last page Caroline says "My life changed the day a man died." Through Caroline's story we see a life of purpose that extends far beyond what she ever imagined. It continues to inspire me to seek the love that never fails.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love the female character's that Rachel Hauck develops, and the mix of humor and faith.
    Published 20 days ago by Kim
    3.0 out of 5 stars I did not like the unclear ending
    I did not like the unclear ending, it left the reader hanging. Otherwise, it was enjoyable but not a superb plot.
    Published 4 months ago by D. Freeman
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Loved the book
    Published 9 months ago by Elinor Klingbiel
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but the book is overpriced
    I've gotten so tired of reading books posing as " Romance" with a lackluster story tying together the pages of overly descriptive sex scenes. This book has no sex. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Disney mommy
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a sweet read.
    I have already read it through twice and loved it both times. Caroline is such a real, likeable character and her life could be yours or mine. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending!
    I sooooo want to give this five stars because I enjoyed every page -- until the end. Very disappointed in the ending!! Ugh!
    Published 13 months ago by T. Dickson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Caroline
    Caroline, in the space of a few months, experiences some life changing events. These events cause her to develop in all aspects of her life. A nice story.
    Published 15 months ago by Geniece Tyler
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
    Enjoyed a pure Christian fiction novel...loved the twists & turns. Would strongly recommend this journey with Caroline. It challenge & entertains.
    Published 18 months ago by Kay M Bailey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Country Romance
    I love the lowcountry series. The romance is sweet and southern. Rachel writes with a presence and a peace that are truly moving. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by C. Adams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Heart & Humor! A page turner...
    Loved it! The characters, the humor, the heart in it - wonderful!!! The book could have had another 100 pages - I was NOT ready for it to end! Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Reading with P & D
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    More About the Author

    Rachel Hauck writes the books she loves to read. All from her two story tower.

    She's hit a few best seller lists and won an award or two. She is a RITA Finalist, Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Winner. Hauck also penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans.

    Her book, The Wedding Dress, (no, not the Hallmark movie) was named 2013 Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year.

    Rachel lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and their mini schnauzer, Miss Indpendent, and Hepzibah, a stray cat who wandered into their backyard. She lives in a house built by the Hubster.

    Earning a degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rachel is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

    She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the Executive Board. She was named ACFW Mentor of the Year in 2013.

    And so we conclude all accolades and braggadocio. But what's a girl to do? If she's asking you to invest in her books, you best think they are pretty good. Right?

    Visit her web site at to sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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