Alice Wisler is very good at writing characters who are very believable. In How Sweet it Is, she writes characters that I could relate to very well. I have never had a car accident as serious as the main character, but the moving and starting over thing… yes.
Deena needs to get out of town. Atlanta is a big city, but the risk of running into Lucas and his new girlfriend is too high.
A grandfather she hardly knows gives her the chance. He leaves his house in Bryson City, NC to her. She sees it as a way to start over and to leave the old behind. There is a catch to the house, she has to teach cooking to middle schoolers. She doesn’t want to teach, she wants to hide out and sell cakes. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone and she surely doesn’t want to let anyone into her heart again.
This book is about forgiveness, moving on, and letting go. All things that are really easy to tell others to do, but not so easy for ourselves. Deena doesn’t find it any easier than we would. She struggles with forgiving Lucas, she is bitter and determined that those unruly kids are not going to wiggle their way into her heart. But mostly she is NOT going to let the social worker, Zack, try to make them a couple.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy weekend read. It is light and funny, with a very good message. It is a grand book to read while sitting on the deck enjoying the warm sunshine.