Today I'm reviewing Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
Back cover summary:
They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it's served up on a silver platter?
During one of the biggest weeks of her catering career, Meadow Larson’s kitchen roof caves in after an unrelenting blizzard. She has to accept help from the last person on earth she wants to see: Colin McGrath. The tormentor from her past is now a contractor, her new neighbor—and the only person available to take on a project of this size.
Colin is aware God has given him a second chance to make things right with Meadow after bullying her in high school. After years of regret and guilt, Colin is determined to earn her respect and forgiveness, no matter what it takes.
It’ll take an extreme kitchen renovation, several cooking lessons, a little lace, and a lot of grace, but God is using this renovation project not only to restore Meadow’s heart, but also to restore Colin’s integrity in her eyes. Will Meadow learn to trust the new Colin even as their relationship grows from a business exchange to something more meaningful?
Meadow and Colin's story is a sweet one. Wanting to make up for his past, Colin longs to earn Meadow's trust. But despite desperately needing his help, she has a hard time trusting him. Raised in an abusive home and having been the object of ridicule in high school by Colin's friends, Meadow is still haunted by those memories and fails to trust Colin when he offers to come to her rescue.
I enjoyed watching the relationship between the protagonists evolve as they go from acquaintances to friends and then love interests. All of it in quite a short period of time but the author paints a very believable story and the evolution of the rapport between Colin and Meadow appears quite realistic. Meadow's heart for unprivileged teenagers is admirable. Colin constantly turned to God and that, with Meadow's own reliance on God is inspiring. I liked that Meadow had to face her past by coming face to face with Blythe who had taunted her endlessly in high school. However, I did find that scene made Blythe's character appear a little exaggerated.
Overall, a light read fit for those rainy days indoors. A sweet romance I would recommend.
I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review.