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Whiskey and Gumdrops: A Blueberry Springs Sweet Romance by [Oram, Jean]
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Length: 287 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Jean Oram grew up on a farm on the outskirts of a small town, inspiring her Blueberry Springs series which center around small town romances. She loves to ski, camp, hike, and read. She's also a sucker for a great romantic comedy whether in book or movie form. She lives in Canada with her husband, two children, and multiple pets.

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  • File Size: 2060 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oram Productions; 2 edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GCDODSE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The book starts out with a bang and really grabbed my attention. That last about 15 minutes. I guess I am in the minority on this one but I couldn't even force myself to finish it. The whole book seems to revolve around Mandy trying to start her own franchise business. Frankie is more of a side note. I couldn't even bring myself to like Mandy. She came off as the biggest moron ever. Well maybe the second ever... right behind Frankie. Only in fiction could someone as stupid as her have a successful business.
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This book was decently written and I didn't notice many typos, which is not always the case for free online books. The parts about Mandy trying to open the restaurant were more dramatic than the relationship itself. Also, having a guy who you know likes you give you money is probably not the right message to send. Mandy flirts shamelessly and believes that it's women's advantage in business which kind of grossed me out. She also says "gals" like someone right out of the 1950s. An okay book, but I don't think the morals are in the right place, or at least not anything that I can get behind. Read it for what it is.
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I read Egg Nog and Candy Canes, by this same author, and enjoyed it so much, I decided to try this one.
I muddled through a little over a third of the way before I just gave up.
I was looking for a romance, not a business plan. The book seemed to be more along the How To Start Your Own Business lines, than an actual romance. Im assuming that somewhere along the way, Frankie and Mandy develop a relationship, but for at least a third of the way through, we havent seen any sign of a romance.
After a while, I just lost interest, since I have no plans to start my own business, and am not really interested in the pratfalls of beginning one.
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(3.5 Stars) Mandy is a waitress in a small town and has dreams of something bigger. Her best friend, Frankie, who also happens to be in love with her, can help her make her dreams come true, but business life isn't as easy as it seems. In a journey to discover who she is and to get over the fact that her ex-boyfriend is now married, Mandy puts herself in some uncomfortable situations that will either make her or break her.

The story starts off with an uncomfortably embarrassing situation, which led me to believe this story would be a bundle of laughs. After the first few chapters, it settles into mostly following Mandy in her prospect of becoming a business owner with only a smattering of interactions with Frankie. In a live example of always wanting what you can't or don't have, the adventures of Mandy and Frankie are entertaining, but not as plentiful as I'd hoped. Some moments seemed to drag on a bit, but in other moments, the pacing was perfect. I did enjoy the camaraderie of the citizens of this small town, but often found myself frustrated with the games and the beatings around the bush. There were moments when I was rooting for the characters, as well as moments of tender emotion, and I was happy with the way things wrapped up.

Content: moderate language; moderate romantic elements (kissing and one scene where things got a little handsy; lots of innuendo). Spicy clean.
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Okay, I have mixed feelings about this one. First, I was so glad to finally find a clean romance that still had some steam to it. So, right there is enough for me to write a positive review. I liked the characters more as the story went on, especially Frankie.

The downside is Mandy sort of drove me nuts. She is so adamantly against Frankie as more than her best friend that it's infuriating. Maybe this is because I married my best friend, and I couldn't relate to her fear of losing that friendship if the romance fizzled. She also can't accept help to save her life. There were also a few typos, but not enough for me to be completely thrown out of the story.

The good thing is that Mandy learned. She finally grew up and learned that it's okay to accept help and that maybe friendship is the best foundation for the best kind of love. In the end, I liked Oram's style enough that I picked up some short stories and book 2 in the Blueberry Springs series. I've always liked moving into a town and hanging out for a while. ;)

I give Whiskey and Gumdrops a solid 4. Thank you for a clean read!

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure
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Mandy wanted so much to start her own business and be independent, doing it all by herself. In her adventure she almost lost her best friend. This is an enjoyable contemporary love story. I enjoyed how the usage of whiskey and gumdrop came about.
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WHISKEY AND GUMDROPS is a sweet romance story about a girl who knew in her heart what she wanted, but was a afraid to admit it. Perhaps in order to increase her self-worth, she decides to buy a restaurant franchise. When it looks like she is going to loose at love and her restaurant there doesn't seem to be any easy answers...except somehow not giving up isn't an option.
I enjoyed the love story-bumps and all-between Mandy and Frankie. I admired Mandy's hard work and determination. I loved Frankie's loyalty. There were laughs (who knew skunks lived in town?) and frustrations (why was Mandy so slow to see what a wonderful person Frankie was? I was ready to pinch her and tell her to wake up!) and naivety, and lots of love and friendships. All in all it was a wonderful story that put a smile on my face and left a warm spot in my heart. A good read and good characters.
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