Monday, September 29, 2014
Life is Sweet - Review
Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: 3 years ago Becca Hudson threw a dart on a map and landed in Leesburg, Virginia. Now 1 ex-husband, a successful cupcake shop and 2 best friends later she's still there. The last thing she wants is more complications or more reminders of her previous life as a TV child star. Except suddenly with the introduction of a 10 year old girl, the girl's kind of babysitter and an elderly man with a mysterious past life is definitely long past simple.
Why I Picked This Book: The cover just about jumped out and grabbed me and I liked the premise. The finding your purpose stories tend to grab me.
Pros: I liked a lot about this book. Becca, Matthew and Olivia are all nice yet flawed characters. Olivia comes across as a 10 year old girl. She's not always logical, she sometimes gets sulky but she's not bratty. She's an interesting character. Becca annoyed me at first because she was so annoyed anytime anyone mentioned her TV career but I think you gradually see why that is. Matthew's a sweet guy who is doing his best and trying to do what he thinks is right. I thought Walt was an interesting character and while I did guess the twist fairly early it was fun to see it unravel. The pacing was good and I never felt like the story was dragging even when I didn't like what was going on in the plot.
Cons: Unfortunately, there was also quite a bit that didn't work for me in this book. I had a really difficult time being okay that Matthew was in a relationship while he and Becca are realizing their feelings for each other. There isn't even a real hint of cheating and it's very obvious from the beginning that Matthew's relationship isn't as it should be. That being said it just didn't sit well with me - a personal pet peeve I guess. While I liked Pam and Erin at the beginning and end of the book they were pretty awful in the middle of the story. They definitely fit the saying with friends like these who needs enemies. At around the 70% mark the story kind of took a left turn and a lot happened. It fit with the story but it just seemed like a lot crammed into the last 30%. I wish the book could have been split up a little differently.
Overall: While there were some aspects of the story that didn't quite sit with me I did really enjoy reading it. Bass's characters feel very well developed and this was always a book I wanted to pick up and find out what was going to happen next.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes definitely!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes though with a few reservations.