Local Book Reviews
Reviewing Midwest Authors
by Andrea Christenson
The fun part of reviewing local authors is that I may know them. I've known Andrea since we were teenagers. Just yesterday, right Andrea? We share a love of writing and have gotten to know each other a bit better the last couple of years. Today I'm excited to review her new book.
How Sweet IT IS takes place in a fictional town in northern Minnesota set along the shores of Lake Superior. Susan May Warren created this fictional town and then as her books grew in popularity she created an author mentorship program along with a publishing house, Sunrise Publishing. She invited authors to write in the world that she created, expanding the stories available to readers set in Deep Haven.
This is Andrea's fourth book set in Deep Haven, but is her first book in a new series. True to the other Deep Haven Books, this has all the elements of a cozy romance read. Professional baker Robin Fox, leaves her career in Paris, and travels back to her hometown to give her grandparents a much needed break from their jobs at the local bakery. While back home, she runs into her high school crush, Sammy, who didn't see her as anything more than a friend in high school. While that isn't the case now, Sammy is working through some post traumatic stress and recurrent pain issues from a car accident two years earlier. He doesn't know if it is fair to involve Robin in his issues. As their friendship deepens into more than friends, Robin's stent in her home town comes to a close, leaving Robin to begin to question what she really wants in life.
I recommend this book for a beach/vacation read, a lazy Saturday, or to unwind after the end of a busy day. I guarantee you'll fall in love with this quaint town on the North Shore, and who doesn't love a cozy romance filled with sweet aromas and mouth watering breads and cakes. Me! I do!
Andrea Christenson grew up in Wisconsin, but now lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. You can check out her author blog here.