Deidre McIntosh is a woman with it all... a successful business, a doting fiancé, a baby on the way. But business is getting busier, Kevin is always on the road and Deidre's future mother-in-law has hijacked the wedding plans. To make matters worse, Kevin's sullen goddaughter, Claire, has been expelled from boarding school and has ended up in Deidre's care, a temporary arrangement that seems more permanent by the day.
Claire Phillips doesn't want to be in Seattle. It's bad enough that her own parents are too busy with their lives to care about hers, but being stuck with Deidre is like a prison sentence. Deidre works, cooks, cleans and crafts... the woman is obviously nuts. Claire knows it's just a matter of time before she's enrolled in another boarding school, out of sight and mind once again.
But when a woman appears on Deidre's doorstep, both Deidre and Claire find themselves faced with the ultimate question: what is family, and what lengths would you go to care for those you love?
"Mia King is a winner when it comes to creating memorable characters readers will love." (New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jill Marie Landis)
"Sweet Life is the ultimate 'escape-and-find-yourself' novel... funny, poignant, and filled with home truths any woman can relate to. This book is as warm and delicious as the recipes... a delightful indulgence!" (New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Susan Wiggs)
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Great Travel Read!
This is a story that explores the changing nature of families, and finding a place of belonging, no matter your age. It's about growing up (again, applicable at any age), letting go of the past and making room for a present and a future based on what is, not on fantasy.
Of course, it's always great to spend time with Deirdre, the heroine, and travel with her through emotional (and also, in this case, physical) twists and turns. The movement of relationships from antipathy to compassion is well presented. There's just enough mystery surrounding motives to keep the reader engaged and wanting to find out more.
I really liked them all. Each in their own way, even those who were initially presented as self-serving or selfish, had aspects everyone could relate to. This is the hallmark of a good writer - making the reader root for the characters and wish them the best, no matter how foolish their behaviors might be at times.
I listened to this book while traveling, and it was a great way to make the journey enjoyable.