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June 21, 2022

The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"You can't buy happiness.  But you can buy ice cream and that is pretty much the same thing." (p 38)

"Ice cream is cheaper than therapy."  (P 61)

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book cover of romance novel The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher
May 2022; Revell; 978-0800741525
audio, ebook, print (320 pages); romance

The Sweet Life
 is a sweet look at the changes in a mother-daughter relationship as they both make changes in their lives and start working toward a common goal.  The two women love each other but totally view life in opposite ways,  Dawn works to keep her life orderly, follow directions, exceed at her job, and live life by a set of rules.  Her mom, Marnie is more of an earth mother.  She does what feels right at the time and doesn't really look at the long-term effects of her decisions.  This is the story of how they learn to understand each other as they work towards a goal that is totally out of their normal lives.

Dawn is engaged to the love of her life.  She had known Kevin since they were children and she always knew that they would follow a normal progression - fall in love, get engaged, and then get married.  When Kevin cancels the wedding several weeks before, she isn't sure how to handle her new life.  Kevin suggests that she go to Cape Cod to spend their honeymoon time and she impulsively decides to take her mom.  While she sits in the sand and thinks about the next organized steps in her life, her mom wanders around the small town where she sees a dilapidated building that had once housed The Main Street Creamery.  

Without much thought, she decides to buy and renovate the building, without even considering that she has never owned a business, doesn't realize the constraints of renovating a building in the area of town where the historical society governs all building changes and worst of all, he has no idea how to make ice cream!  When Dawn finds out what her mom has done, she quickly begins to work on getting her mom out of the sale but after thinking about it, she agrees to take a leave from her job and spend the summer with her mom trying to bring the ice cream shop back to life.  

Their initial plans are met with lots of problems - repairing the building becomes a nightmare with big pushback from the historical society, things cost way more than they'd planned but they kept working towards their goal of opening the ice cream store by Memorial Day weekend.  With the unexpected help of a couple of people, they begin to make progress until the historical society calls a halt to renovations right before the long holiday weekend.  Will they be able to open their shop?  Will Marnie be able to convince Dawn to make more than five flavors of ice cream and to start experimenting with more exotic flavors?  And most importantly will their new endeavor be a success?  

This sweet little book would be a great addition to your beach bag for your summer vacation.  It may have you searching for some ice cream as you read it but what's a vacation without a little ice cream?

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  You can connect with her on Facebook.

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