Friday, June 26, 2009

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is
Alice J. Wisler
Bethany House Publisher

Book Description: Deena Livingston leaves behind a broken romance and her chef job in Atlanta to spend time at her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. But her grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local afterschool program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how is she supposed to convince these kids that cooking at home is better than eating at McDonalds? And after all she went through in Atlanta, why is she attracted to Zack, the social worker at The Center? Can a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber, a curly-haired basketball player, and a group of middle-schoolers change Deena's outlook on life?

In Review: "Like sands through an hourglass...." Those words bring to mind an iconic soap opera, but they could also very well describe the life of Deena. One minute she has the life she has dreamed of: a chef's job at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Atlanta, a fiance, and from all appearances, nothing but a bright future ahead. Then came the moment that unraveled her perfectly ordered life. A wreck. While in the hospital everything falls apart. Feeling out of options she accepts the offer to stay in her Grandfather's cabin. Once there she realizes there were strings attached. Strings which would relace her life into a magnificent tapestry. God will use the various people in this small mountain of North Carolina to help her heal the wounds of not only the wreck, but a lifetime of hurt and eventually enjoy all of life's recipes... the kind from the kitchen and the kind from the heart.

1 comment:

Alice J. Wisler said...

Thanks for the review!

~ Alice J. Wisler
author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is