Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

From the Back Cover:

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than an hour on the clock. It's all Reuben-the-Jerk's fault, and she's determined to make him right the wrong.
He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle's foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.

My Thoughts:

I really, really wanted to like this one.  From the concept to the cover to the fact that it's Krista's debut novel...I so wanted to like it. 

The story itself is fairly common.  Maddie is trying to make a new life for herself and for her little brother.  Enter handsome jerky guy, and we're off.  Maybe I'm just burnt out on romance novels...haven't found one lately that's really rocked my reading world!

I did enjoy the backstory for Reuben and his restaurant.  But the whole on-again, off-again romance with his co-worker felt forced.  Maddie was more annoying than adorable, and she needs more fleshing out.

Loved Reuben's sister, though!  I wish Maddie's character was as rich as Allie's.  So much potential here: backstory on Reuben and step-dad could have used more development; Kyle's entry into the story needed to be a bit earlier.

In all, I could tell this was a first novel.  "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance" wasn't just wasn't great.  But I'm still looking forward to more from Krista.  Hoping to see the series grow as time goes on.

I received an advance reader copy from in exchange for my honest review.  "Sandwich, With a Side of Romance" is mildly recommended.
Happy Reading!



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