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The Sweetest Thing by [Freethy, Barbara]
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Setting: Contemporary San Francisco

Sensuality: 6

Successful entrepreneur Alex Carrigan's life is neatly organized and focused on building his company. But fate drops a series of bombshells when his eccentric grandfather appears on his doorstep to move in with him, the sudden death of his ex-wife leaves him with a precocious 12-year-old daughter he's convinced he didn't sire, and beautiful redhead Faith Christopher walks into his life.

Faith has her own set of problems. She's been in emotional limbo since the death of her fiancé several years before, and the ties to his family are growing increasingly troublesome. She's wondering if she should give in to family pressure and marry the second son when Alex wanders into her bakery looking for his grandfather. The physical connection she feels with Alex is instantaneous and mutual, making her question whether a marriage based on companionship is wise or even possible.

Meanwhile, Alex's grandfather has an agenda of his own. Fifty-six years earlier, he'd fallen in love, broken a piece of ancient Indian pottery, and brought a curse on himself and his heirs. He's convinced he must locate his lost love, return the pottery to its hiding place, and lift the curse, a plan Alex has heard many times before and doesn't want to get involved in. But Faith is intrigued by the elderly gentleman's tale and agrees to help him. Little does she know what life-changing forces have been set in motion by her decision.

Can a woman who wants commitment find happiness with a man who doesn't believe in love? Will Alex be able to accept that not only is Faith everything he wants but also everything he needs? If Alex and Faith don't help his grandfather solve the more than half-century-long mystery, will the curse doom the two lovers and all the people they love? And what about the child he doesn't believe is his but who needs him so desperately? It's a pleasure to read Freethy's answers to these questions and more, thanks to her charming writing style and expert plotting in The Sweetest Thing.--Lois Faye Dyer

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An ominous curse ("And the winds will curse your life until you return to where it began") propels Freethy's latest novel (after One True Love), which involves a romance that ended when two young lovers, Julian Carrigan and a girl named Suzannah, stole an Indian pot from a burial site. Fifty years later, Alex Carrigan has more than he can handle with his dotty grandfather, Julian, who has crazy ideas about finding his old flame and returning the Indian pot to its resting place, let alone a smart-mouth teenage girl insisting he's her father. And then there's bakery shop owner Faith Christopher, who adds fuel to the fire with her recipe for love. As it turns out, Faith has a psychic connection with the pot and a spiritual connection with the teenager, which involves her in long-time bachelor Alex's life, whether he likes it or not. Together they agree to help Julian find his beloved and end the 50-year-old curse. Beyond this, there isn't much to stir the reader's senses: Alex and Faith are romance-formula protagonists and the plot line is predictable.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC (May 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3RQQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Barbara Freethy has acquired a new fan. This story was touching but not saccharine, fast-moving but fleshed-out, sensual without being too graphic, and mystical but not far-fetched. While the ending was a bit rushed, the loose ends all coming together conveniently, it was still a great introduction to a talented author, and worthy of any reader's "keeper" shelf.
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Alex Carrigan has made a success of his life. He's slowly building an athletic shoe empire to rival the likes of Nike when fate deals him several blows. First his eccentric grandfather Julian drops into his orderly life, then a further bombshell - the woman he divorced at 18 because she claimed he was not the father of her child has died and left the potty mouthed pre-teen Jessie in his custody.

Pastry chef and orphan Faith Christopher has spent her lifetime wanting to be loved. Abandoned at a church as an infant, she finally found love with Gary Porter, but he died before they could marry. His family has adopted her and hopes that she'll accept second son Ben's proposal. The two are merely friends and have never had romantic feelings, yet Ben is insistent that they marry, and his family is putting pressure on her to make it happen. Then Julian walks into her bakery and sets her life on a different course with his tales of a family curse which he's asked her to help him reverse. Just when she thinks that a marriage of convenience with a friend would be acceptable, she meets his brooding grandson, and a reluctant attraction develops between them.

As Faith sets out to help Julian find his lost love and to reverse the past, she and Alex find themselves spending more time together, and she spending less time with the Porters, who are still convinced she'll be their daughter in law soon. She feels a kindred connection to Jessie, who is convinced that if she is a good girl, Alex will keep her. Jessie and Julian play matchmaker to the hesitant duo.

Freethy goes to such lengths to keep Ben's "secret" under wraps. But a single man living in San Francisco, working in an art gallery, desperate to marry a woman he does not love to please his parents... I guessed that secret after the first page. This is one of her older stories, but pales in comparison to her better early novels such as "One True Love" and "Just the Way You Are."
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Wonderful love story. I absolutely wanted to visit Faith's bakery. The secondary characters were all interesting and their stories compelling. I loved the trip to Arizona. What wonderful depth this book had with all the family relationships. Great read. I recommend it, especially to people who want a bit more than just one simple love story.
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I read the negative reviews on this book and it only shows the obvious that we all have different opinions of what makes good or bad reading. I found this story heart warming, original with good chacter development. I felt that part of the story was necessary for good plot development. I read late into the night and picked up again in am. I highly recommend this book to any reader who likes a story with depth of emotion. When you read romance,its a given a happy ending will result. With this story it mattered. My time was not wasted.
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Barbara Freethy has done it again. I loved The Sweetest Thing. The mystical elements were blended into the storyline perfectly, adding a little bit of mystery and suspense. As always, Barbara has weaved together the lives of numerous people--who you can't help but love and root for--into one beautifully written story. The love story between Alex and Faith was great, and Jessie, the little-girl-lost, was absolutely precious. Can't wait until Barbara's next book. In fact, I just might go back and read one of her others!
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Let me see where to start with this one.The Sweetest Thing is a well written book with a touch of finesse that is amazing. The characters are colorful and the plot unfolds in a manner that sucks one into the story in a gripping manner. Reminded me of The Oaf, another story I read last week. I started reading it and got hooked from the beginning.Simply, this is a well-crafted story, an accomplished piece of writing. And the price is great too.
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A charming read about how the past influences our present behavior. Alex was afraid of being rejected. Faith was desperate to belong and Julian just wanted to find the long lost love. Whether there really was a curse? I don't know. All I know is that there was so much to overcome. Jessie, the troubled girl found a way to gather everyone one together and create the perfect family.
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Alex Carrigan goes to the San Francisco attorney office to hear the reading of the will of the recently deceased Melanie Kane, his former lover. Alex meets Melanie's precocious twelve-year-old Jessie, who implies he is her father. Alex thinks back to thirteen years ago when he took care of Melanie and her new born baby, loving both of them, only to have the flighty mother return to the infant's real father Eddie Saunders. Alex has never since opened up his heart to anyone. The attorney informs him that he inherited Jessie. If he says no, the child would probably end up being another runaway. Reluctantly, he agrees at least until Eddie can be located.
Adding to his trouble is that his grandfather Julian has disappeared in search of a pastry. Alex goes to Faith's bakery to take his grandfather home. There he meets the owner, Faith Christopher, an outspoken feisty woman. Before he knows what happened, Alex finds himself carrying two excessive bags, Julian and Jessie, who soon crawl inside his heart. He also finds plenty of room inside to fall in love with Faith, but he remembers being burned badly a long time ago.
THE SWEETEST THING is a warm contemporary romance that deftly touches on the problems of senior citizens and troubled teens without taking away from a cherished love story. The characters and their interrelationships that cross four generations make for a fabulous story line due to the talent of Barbara Freethy. A lesser mortal would have cluttered the plot with too many sidebars that never returned to the main story line. Ms. Freethy succeeds in not only bringing the subplots together, but also doing it within a charming, alluring romance.
Harriet Klausner
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