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Sweet Love Paperback – Bargain Price, June 2, 2009
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"[A] tender look at lost loves and whether they were ever really lost."
"Signals that the romance and food are inextricably connected."
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I enjoyed the other books by this author but I had to really work to get through this one. For starters the storyline just didn't ring true. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M
This book is an easy read that draws you into the lives of the book's characters. You find yourself wanting one more chapter.Published 23 months ago by monica ong
This book could have been great if the main character wasn't such a hypocritical cynic. Am I the only one that noticed how she never failed to comment on everyone else's lives but... Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by Lance's Angel
excellent this is so good you will not want to put it down just keep reading and then read againPublished on February 20, 2014 by Evelyn J. Morales
I love this Author because she makes me laugh
this is going to be a very good book.
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Am I the only one put off by the juxtaposition in this chic-lit lite tale of smart-alecky humor with minor story lines of young girls being kidnapped, raped and killed and mothers... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Samsarabooks
Set in the '70's, Julie Mueller is a single mom holding down a job as a reporter. She hopes to become a real mover and shaker with a bigger reporting role. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by LOUISE M. ZUCKERMAN
I enjoyed this book, i loved the character's and you kinda did not know where the story was going which I also liked. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Cheryl