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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Sweetest Thing - Christina Mandelski

Released May 2011

Christina Mandelski

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Her mom left her when she was very young, but Sheridan Wells knows she will return. It may have been two years since she received a card from her mom, but deep down Sheridan is certain her mom is making her way back to their family. When Sheridan's father receives a dream offer for his own cooking show on a popular culinary channel, Sheridan decides to search for her mom. She's not as impressed with her father's plans to leave friends and their restaurant behind to move to New York City to become cooking show celebrities.

When she's not working in her grandmother's bakery preparing lavish designer cakes, Sheridan keeps busy with her friend Jack. Soon, Sheridan's world takes a surprising turn when a popular high school hottie asks her out. This is the start of what could be an amazing relationship, so stopping her father from moving is a top priority. The search for her mother heats up, but suddenly her friend Jack is growing distant and no longer showing any interest in helping her realize her dream of finding her mother and convincing her to return home.

Sheridan is a very likable character. She is naive, but then I've seen first-hand how some children will do anything to please a parent, even when it's not in their best interest. It's a sad but true fact that love is unconditional, even if a parent doesn't deserve it.

The Sweetest Thing is a gentle romance. I'd highly recommend it to anyone 13 or older. For parents who worry about sex in teen romances, you won't find it here. Sheridan is a very smart girl and when faced with tough decisions, she thinks things through. I think teens will find her completely enjoyable and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

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