Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler

I have never read any of Alice J. Wisler and while I was worried this
book wouldn't stand up to other Christian fiction books, I was pleasantly surprised. I will admit I am sometimes leery of branching out into new authors so I am glad that reviewing for Bethany House allows me the luxury of enjoying new authors.

Deena Livingston is a Southern girl who moves into her grandpa's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. Her plans are to be reclusive and start her own cake decorating business while recovering from a broken heart after her fiance leaves her in the dust. Her new family is one she wouldn't expect to eventually love but she must per her Grandpa's request - and she is happy she did. A classroom of middle school students, a social worker who works with the children and a plumber are all things that may or may not get Deena to enjoy life once again.

This book really spoke to me. Deena wants to trust in God but her human side makes her want to rely on herself. Healing from a relationship that God didn't intend for her. Realistically it summed up what most women go through before growing up and maturing in their walk with God. We struggle just as Deena struggles and eventually though we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have to rely on God to get us through and He will - in His time. It's hard to realize that in times of hardship though.

The other thing I like about this book is it has some recipes. I have already tried one and it's yummy and has been requested at two of my children's upcoming birthday parties! There is a recipe for peanut soup hidden in the pages of story, and while my family isn't excited to try it, I would like to one day actually put it to the test. How great is it that you can feed your Faith with a story that includes Christ and at the end feed your stomach with a great tasting cake? I'd say that's pretty awesome!

So I say get yourself a copy of How Sweet It Is sit back with some Southern Sweet Tea (in my life it's sweetened with Stevia LOL) and enjoy a book that weaves together Faith, imperfect human love, food and God!

1 comment:

Alice J. Wisler said...

Thanks for the review, Sarah!

~ Alice J. Wisler
author of RAIN SONG & HOW SWEET IT IS