Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!
Yay, I turned 35 years old today!
I decided to celebrate in two ways. One will be today’s review of How Sweet it Is by Bonnie Blythe. The other will be announced at the end of this post so you have to stay with me to hear that announcement!
First off, How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe is one of my personal favorites of her work.
In this lovely book we meet Brad Larsen a semi pro surfer turned Business graduate who is in Belgium with his parents on a little vacation. His biggest weaknesses are chocolate and pretty girls. So of course when the story opens we find him salivating over chocolates in a Belgian chocolatiers shop window. While staring in the window and waiting for the crowd to thin out Brad notices a strikingly beautiful girl in the shop.
Without an ounce of hesitation Brad decides to brave the crowds just so he can meet this vision of loveliness. Of course being an American who doesn’t know French doesn’t help when he tries to help the pretty “French” girl.
Delphine D’Arleux, who is in Europe for some candy making courses to sharpen her skills, is quite scandalized by the attentions of the American man who had the nerve to call her a “village maiden”. Is again broke after spending the last of her travel money on some chocolates at the shop, for research purposes of course. All she wants to do is go to her hotel, rest, and get on her plane to go home to California. However, being hungry in a foreign country and seeing as though she hasn’t had any real adventure while in Europe, she decides to let Brad buy her a snack. After a lovely cup of cocoa, Brad decides to kiss away a chocolate smudge on Delphine’s lips. Which earns him quite a slap in the face and a disappearing act by Delphine. (To be honest, I don’t blame her I’d have smacked him too!)
Delphine has no intention of seeing Brad again but imagine her shock and dismay when her already paid airplane ticket disappears from the system and Delta tells her she has to buy a brand new ticket to go home!
Unfortunately, her parents spent all of the money in the checking account and she has no way of getting home. Enter Brad and his parents to the rescue.
Now that Brad has re-found Delphine, the beautiful stranger, he has no intention of letting her out of his sight again. Isn’t it just miraculous that they are supposed to be on the same flight to California and only happen to live about 30 minutes away from each other?
A surfer boy who loves chocolate and a beautiful French-American girl who makes chocolate of course this has got to be a match made in heaven.
Will Brad be able to win Delphine over? Will Delphine be able to open the chocolate shop of her dreams? Will Delphine learn how to enjoy life and all it has to offer?
Hmm…Sounds like you’ll have to read the book to find out!
4 out of 5 stars
Whenever I want a good easy read, this is one of my go to books.
Solid 4 out of 5 stars
Great kissing scenes, wonderful banter between characters, and a delightful Christian Message of redemption.
And Now for my Announcement!!
Next week I will be interviewing Mary Jane Hathaway, writer of the Jane Austen Takes the South Series and in honor of her Relaunch of the series she is giving away some great Jane Austen Inspired Swag!!!!
So get yourself ready for a fun interview next week and a chance to win some free stuff!
Hmm…I wonder if I can finagle something out of her for myself? LOL 😉