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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226907
  • ASIN: B002PJ4LBI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A second chance at love for 40-something Boston TV reporter Julie Mueller, a single mom to a teenaged daughter, means disrupting life living above her parents in suburban Watertown, Mass. Julie's mother, cancer-survivor Betty, regrets her disapproval of Julie's first love, Michael Slayton—or so Julie suspects. With Betty's prodding, she packs herself off to the cooking school dessert course of renowned French chef Renée D'Ours, and finds that Michael, freshly returned from Washington, D.C., with a divorce in hand, is also attending. Despite the stock setup, Strohmeyer pulls off a memorable menu of believable relationship courses, seasoned with angst and humor. (June)
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"A memorable menu of believable relationship courses, seasoned with angst and humor."
-Publishers Weekly

"[A] tender look at lost loves and whether they were ever really lost."
-Columbus Dispatch

"Signals that the romance and food are inextricably connected."
-New York Times

"What's not to like?"
-People


More About the Author

After being placed on other "must read" YA lists, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT has recently been chosen by Texas school librarians for the 2013 Lone Star Reading List, a great honor since Texas is a BIG state. Thank you, librarians!
It's also my fourteenth novel, but my first for young adults after writing mysteries and stand alones, one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became the Lifetime Movie - LYING TO BE PERFECT. Of all these, SMART GIRLS has been my favorite to write because not only was I a "smart girl," but so were my daughter and her friends who, like me, grew tired of playing second fiddle. I figured the time had come for our kind to receive the kudos, the attention and the boys. The bad girls had hogged center stage long enough.
Before I wrote novels, I was a newspaper reporter of questionable talent for twenty years, never quite serious or responsible enough for the duty of recording all the news that's fit to print. (My definition of what was fit to print and my editors' often clashed. Apparently, it was not necessary to describe certain cops as "super cute.")
Some novelists begin their careers by winning literary contests or writing their first manuscripts while pursuing a masters degree. I began mine by placing Barbie in forty contemporary and historical settings with photos taken by my friend (and awesome photographer) Geoff Hansen. BARBIE UNBOUND: A PARODY OF THE BARBIE OBSESSION became a cult hit, landed me on CBS This Morning and USA Today. It was, briefly, the most shoplifted book in America.
After that, I wrote the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series featuring a bubble-headed blonde ditzy - or is she? - hairdresser with a gift for gossip who becomes a newspaper reporter. Kind of like a memoir, sure. And then a bunch of novels about women.
Today, I live in Vermont with my husband, a lawyer, and son, Sam, an upcoming high school junior. My daughter, Anna, is a senior at Bryn Mawr College where there are A LOT of smart girls. Also, there's Fred, my five-year-old basset hound and between you and me, the love of my life.

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SWEET LOVE is written in a very humorous tone, but there are also a lot of touching emotional scenes.
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Sarah Strohmeyer is highly recommended to anyone as an author - all her books have been enjoyable to read from Bubbles escapades to Sweet Love.
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This is definitely a book to gift to mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins and friends... especially those who are dealing with real life.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Julie Mueller once loved Michael Slayton, but that was long ago, as a teenager. Now Julie is in her forties and the single mom of a teen. She is a television reporter for a station in Boston. Out of the blue, for Mother's Day, Julie receives three free dessert classes at The Famous Boston Cooking School (from her own mother). Julie did not really want to attend, but her mother guilts her into going. So Julie's next three Friday nights will be learning to make scrumptious desserts from Chef D'Ours.

Turns out there is more going on than Julie would have believed. Michael Slayton is a fellow student. Julie cannot help but wonder if her mother knew that at the time of purchase. Perhaps her mother is playing matchmaker. However, that would be odd since her mother is one of the main reasons they never got together so long ago. Also, six years ago, Julie did something that seems to have ruined Michael's career. There is no way Michael would ever forgive her for that.

Michael is the least of Julie's worries lately, though. Her mother is having dizzy spells lately and Julie is worried that something serious may be going on. Then there is work, where Julie is being considered for a position on the national election team. That would be a big step up. One thing is certain, Julie is about to make some tough choices and learn that when it comes to family, career, and dating, you should always follow your heart.

***** In my opinion, this is Sarah Strohmeyer's best book to date. There is a lot more going on that my synopsis mentions. I only hit the main items, but there are several secondary items happening and they quietly flow throughout the story. The best thing about this author's writing is that every single thing is believable, from the characters to the problems.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Strohmeyer was inspired to write SWEET LOVE as a way of honoring the memory of her beloved mother, but also to gain closure after she passed away. The book opens with a prologue, written from the viewpoint of Betty Mueller, who feels a need to correct a wrong she thinks she did to her middle-aged daughter many years ago. Betty did not approve of Julie's budding crush on Michael Slayton, a family friend who was a bit older than Julie's teenage years. In the same breath, Betty also confesses that she loves desserts (and cooking in general) and believes it's what helps make the world go 'round. She admits that her own daughter hates to cook because she was a slave to her kitchen. Julie will have none of that.

Looking at Julie today, Betty sees an unhappy, divorced, middle-aged woman with a teenaged daughter. This, she believes, is all her fault. Through some finagling, she manages to get Julie into a very exclusive cooking class focusing on desserts. What Julie doesn't know is that Michael also has been given this same gift. When the two attend their first session, Julie is shocked to find the love of her life there. It's the beginning of a renewed acquaintance, in which both Michael and Julie are reminded of their joint pasts, the friendship they shared, walking down memory lane and thinking of what had ruined their relationship --- a misunderstanding that occurred between them in their professional lives.

Julie is embarrassed to even see Michael, because her feelings for him --- the crush she had when she was growing up --- was never reciprocated, as he only saw her as his best friend's little sister. And obviously those feelings still remained, because why would she be reacting this way to him after all these years?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Lind on July 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this sxpecting it to be another light and funny book. It still had funny parts but was also very srious. This was a great book but wasn't like her last two. As long as you don't expect Sweet Love to be a silly romance you will enjoy it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Strohmeyer's Sweet Love is a paean to both sweetness, as in desserts, and love, romantic and familial. Betty Mueller starts off the tale by buying her daughter Julie and Julie's one-time crush Michael, who she hasn't seen in six years, slots in a local dessert class. Julie rolls her eyes but agrees to go, not realizing how easily she will be seduced into the thrill of making these masterpieces from scratch, a far cry from her mother's back of the box recipes.

Meanwhile, reporter Julie is grappling with a possible promotion at her job as a TV news reporter while trying to hold off the woman gunning for her job. Throw in a tragic murder, an overeducated homeless man, sizzling passion and jealousy between her and Michael, and various family health crises, and you've got yourself a story that's full of snappy drama as Julie grapples with her own heart's calling, which she's kept buried for a long time.

The tension between Julie and Michael is built to perfection, and the supporting characters, from Julie's daughter Em to her best friend Julia and eccentric work crew, are all masterfully worked into the story. The fraught mother/daughter relationship, a battle of wills, is one that will be recognizable to many moms and daughters of various ages. And let us not forget desserts, about which Betty Mueller waxes so enthused at the story's start. Strohmeyer makes sure to infuse sweetness of the edible variety in most every chapter, from chocolate orgasms to crème brulee and beyond. How to craft these mouth-watering deserts is a source of generational tension between Julie and her mom, and also a path to seduction.

This is a sweet, tender, sexy and wonderful romance that I raced to get to the end of, even as I was sad to put it down.
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