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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221679
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marissa and Paul Price are living the fast-paced life in Manhattan. They have prestigious jobs, and their eight-year-old daughter, Pansy, has a nanny and is enrolled in the right school. When Paul is offered a management position at a resort on Hawaii’s Big Island, they decide to move to paradise, but it is not what they expect. For the first time, Marissa becomes a stay-at-home mom in a house that unexpectedly turns out to be a fixer-upper. Paul absolutely loves his new life, while Marissa is miserable. The cracks in their marriage widen, and when Paul tells her that he needs time away from her negativity, Marissa suspects another woman. Supporting two homes creates financial hardship, so Marissa takes in female tenants and starts repairing the house, intending to sell it and return to New York. But then she starts bonding with her roommates and the island. A truly delightful read by the author of Good Things (2007) that highlights the nontourist Hawaii and incorporates King’s trademark recipes. --Patty Engelmann

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This is a breezy read, perfect for a "stay-cation" at home if you are dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation this year. King captures the atmosphere of the island beautifully. She infuses relaxing descriptions of island life-relaxed clothes, tropical flowers, the terrain, and local cuisine-to balance out the Price family drama. There are even some bonus Hawaiian recipes in the back of the book, perfect for cooking up your own Hawaiian experience without the travel costs.

More About the Author

Mia King is the national bestselling author of the novels GOOD THINGS, SWEET LIFE, and TABLE MANNERS. Her next book, FAMILY ROOM, will be published in November 2014. Her books have been printed internationally and are selections of the Doubleday, Literary Guild, Rhapsody and Book of the Month book clubs. Mia also writes under the name Darien Gee. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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It's a sweet little story with great characters.
K. P. Brown
Sweet Life shows that the sweet life can be achieved but it takes dedication, love, strength and tears from those who want to achieve it.
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I couldnt put this book down and read till late at night...i loved loved loved it !!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on November 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! Mia King did it again! She challenges her readers in a light hearted way yet her point comes across loud and clear. She says,"Grow up girls, and while you're at it - GET A LIFE!"...or should we say SWEET LIFE? If you are looking for inspiration with island flavor, this is the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I won this book online and am so glad I did. I loved it. I have never been to Hawaii but I would love to go. The story was well written and drew me right in. It was definatly worth my time and I did have a hard time putting it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. P. Brown on December 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not typically a woman's book reader. I am a woman who generally reads sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller and some random genres here and there. I had come upon this book at the library on the recommended shelf and found a treasure. The night I started it, I stayed up until 2am ("Just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed") and accidentally took too long of a lunch the next day. I finished it the next night and I absolutely loved it.
It's a sweet little story with great characters. You get interested in their lives right away and just have to know what happens. The main women are all so their own characters and you love them for all of it. The characters have integrity, morals and show that to be a good woman's book, you don't have to have steamy sex scenes but instead can focus on what most women want - a happy, healthy life and family. The struggle to make this happen and realizing when we've lost touch and are blind to it.
I really appreciated this book and it came along at a great time when I'm trying to reflect on and improve my own life. I wrote the author and told her how much I enjoyed it and got a very nice email in return. I'll be picking up her other books this evening and will have likely devoured them by this weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hindbjorgen on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading this book, I can't wait to read the rest of Mia King's work. She is a true artist, pulling the reader into the book and not letting go. I couldn't put the book down! It's a sweet book, reminding the reader of what matters most in life. Thanks for a wonderful read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Chowning on October 28, 2008
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't really know anything about Hawaii and it was exciting reading about Pele, the goddess of the volcano. I loved reading how Marissa changed from a selfish, arrogant woman to a thoughtful, selfless, and loving mother. The Marissa at the end of the book is completely different from the Marissa we see at the beginning. Although if I were in her shoes, husband moves you to Hawaii and then decides on a separation, I don't know if I would have reacted much differently. Marissa is heartbroken when Paul tells her on Valentine's Day that he needs some time apart and thinks a trial separation would be best. She doesn't react in the best way, but I don't really blame here - that is a hard thing to comprehend with no warning.

My only complaint is the ending. While there is a happy ending there is not much discussion on how Marissa and Paul got their happy ending. I would have liked to have read about how they dealt with all the issues while trying to restore their marriage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Paul's promotion is too good to pass up; so he, his wife Marissa and their daughter Pansy relocate. They leave New York for Hawaii. The whole family has adjustments to make, but especially Marissa who has gone from Manhattan working mom to Islander stay at home mom.

However, Paul reacts the strangest as demands a trial separation so that he can "find himself"; as he feels he lost his identity to being provider, husband and father. To economically survive, Marissa takes in renters that lead to friendships; however, she also knows it is a time of reckoning. She has to decide Hawaii with a chance of Paul returning or New York where employment exists for her.

This entertaining tale focuses on what is a SWEET LIFE as the lead couple relocates to what each assumes will prove to be paradise only to find location is important, but people make their own "Eden". The story line is character driven especially by Marissa who is unsure what she must do for her and their kids. Although Paul is appallingly simplified to the point of stereotypical born again slacker, fans will enjoy this fine tale of a woman rediscovering just who she is.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on June 17, 2010
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Paul the hero is a Midwesterner and things seem to come to him effortlessly. He doesn't really seem to have to work hard for them. The one time something doesn't come to him so easily he has a crisis. Maybe that is just in his character. So he has problems in his marriage, should be effortless for Paul, yet since it is not he decides it is separation time (another mid-life crisis). The first one Marissa, whom he demeaned during this first one, stuck by him and he claimed that he would be there for hers. Yet the going got tough and that man left.
So Paul wants to take this assignment in Hawaii. What does Paul have to give up though? Marissa must quit her job, become a full-time mom, leave her friends behind, and relocate to a completely different area that is so far removed from what she knows. Of course they agree to go down for the weekend look around and then discuss it as a family. However, Paul decides that he will take the assignment without consulting with Marissa. She finds out and gets very upset and he apologizes later on. Marissa agrees to go after all she is a real trooper, someone who isn't afraid to work hard to get what she wants.
They are in Hawaii in a fixer-upper house with cows living next door. Quite a step down from what they are used to. Paul expects Marissa to grin and bear it. That's not her style though. She gets up tight about things, she seems to lose her self esteem (after some of this seems to be based upon her success in her job, which she gave up to accept the transfer of his), and she draws in on herself. She believes that he husband is fooling around and Ms. King makes that seem very believable. She becomes suspicious when he goes on a skiing trip and doesn't return until late.
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