September 10, 2012

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance: Review & Giveaway

Krista Phillip's debut book, Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is a savory read, flavored with humor and depth!

When Maddie Buckner moves to Sandwich to become a hair stylist, she botches her first haircut and loses her job - and the chance to gain custody of her brother still in foster care. Reuben-the-Jerk, who got her fired, is guilted into giving her a job as his assistant at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium.

Maddie is racing against time, as she struggles to build a stable life and get custody of her brother. His foster parents want to adopt him, and Maddie needs to prove herself as a worthy guardian. The problem is she keeps getting herself into a "pickle" and has to be rescued by Reuben-the-Jerk...who has started to become Reuben-the-Dreamboat. Throw in Reuben's jealous fiance and you have one big, messy plate of circumstances.

There are several things I loved about this book. I loved Maddie's new faith and her "realistic" and sometimes funny prayers. There is a realness about Maddie and how she expresses herself and her faith. It's not contrived. It's honest and open. I loved Reuben who, even though he grew up in a Christian family, struggles with himself and his feelings. I love that he is real...he really can be a jerk! But oh, the chemistry between these two....it is tangible and heartfelt.

I also loved Reuben's family who exhibit what it really means to be Jesus in this world. They opened up their homes and their hearts to Maddie when she had no one...and nothing. They gave and they gave, without expecting anything in return. They encouraged and they loved, not pushing Maddie too hard or too fast. They are what I hope to be.

Krista's debut book is a funny and happy read, but it contains meat to chew on. It shows us realness of life. It shows us how we can struggle in life, yet trust God for His blessing. It shows us that God's family IS a real family who love unconditionally. It shows us that two people can learn to trust and love in spite of themselves.

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is an awesome debut novel and I cannot wait for the next one!

You can order your very own Sandwich HERE!

GIVEAWAY: I'm giving away a copy of Sandwich, With a Side of Romance!!!


Please leave an email adddress! ( spam free: janedoe (at) gmail (dot) com ) If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.
Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 16th.
* This book was provided by Abingdon and NetGalley.com for my honest review.

23 comments:

  1. Hey, I read about Krista's book on another blog this morning, too! Excited to read it! And yeah, I'll enter the giveaway. :) melissa[at]melissatagg[dot]com. Genius name for the hero, too. :)

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  2. I love Reubens! Thanks for the offer to win a story with a Reuben in it!
    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I love reading debut books. I don't mind buying, but winning is such fun, too. gloworm(at)certainty (dot) net
    This one sounds like a great blend of humor and depth.

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  4. This book sounds really good. I like it when books have more "meat" to them them. One can come away feeling as if one has learned a lesson.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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  5. I enjoy romantic stories that make me smile and touch my heart, I'd love to be entered for Sandwich, With a Side of Romance.
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  6. If food is included in romance you know it's gonna last forever! My then boyfriend (now husband of 28 years) would want to take me out to eat but we finally had to agree, eat out...eat in...eat out...eat in. Who knew I would be a pastor's wife & then later a missionary with this cowboy?

    missionwife(at)hotmail.com(dot)com

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  7. I am so excited about Krista's new book and love your review. Please enter me in the drawing. mimary(underscore)vee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Thank you all for commenting for a chance to win Krista's book! If you don't win, get your hand Krista's book soon! You will love it!

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  9. This sounds good! I love reading about new to me authors and new books and love giveaways.

    Blessings
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I love reading new authors to me. Thanks for the chance to
    win this book.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. This book looks so great. I'm looking forward to reading it. And it's pink! Who doesn't love pink? :) Congratulations, Krista and thanks for the review and giveaway, Sherrinda!
    jrpatch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Krista's debut novel sounds like a real winner! I love romantic comedy, and enjoyed this review.
    Blessings,
    backtonan(at)aol

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  13. thanks for the chance to read krista's debut novel...sounds delicious :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. This sounds like a fun book to read! Love the cover. Please enter me.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  15. I've seen other reviews of this book, and they're all "two thumbs up." This is just the kind of romantic comedy that's right up my alley. Please toss my name in the hat, and thanks for the giveaway!

    Best wishes to Krista on the success of her debut novel!
    -Emily
    emily_reynolds(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. This sounds like a great debut book. I would be so happy to win a copy of it.

    Congrats Krista on your debut book. I hope it does well!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. This sounds like such a cute book, I'd love to read it!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. Sounds fun! Love the choice of name for the main character.

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  19. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds like a fun read!

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  20. Great review! I posted the giveaway in my weekly list of book giveaways on my site. Keiki dot Hendrix at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Keiki! I appreciate it! Good luck!

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  21. Sounds good and interesting... reading is my favorite past time. =)
    bobbydawnstout@yahoo.com

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