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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.
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a cute romance. Kind of repetitive with the best friend comment with the main characters. A little predictable and typical as far as romance goes.Published 2 days ago by Leslie Hicks
Mandy and Frankie were best friends since childhood. Mandy wants too
open her own.restaurant not just be a waitress the rest of her life. Read more
The boy next door love interest with a sweet twist and constant laughs.Published 26 days ago by Rebekah Jonesy
I really enjoyed the book. Now, I would like to read the series. I liked the characters and how they all come together. Next book should be just as interesting.Published 1 month ago by Helen Willis -- ulcook35
Started well but that didn't last long at all. Soon deteriorated to mindless words.Published 1 month ago by Kaydee
After the first few chapters, it was clear where the book was going. Your typical "in love with best friend" book. Not a page turner, but a nice little romance book.Published 1 month ago by NakWhite
This was a heartwarming novel that the reader can't help but fall in love with. I enjoyed following Mandy through her journey of opening a restaurant, and her self discovery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christin
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