5 Minutes for Books: How Sweet It Is

by Jennifer Donovan


In addition to the great giveaway event going on here at 5 Minutes for Mom, check out all the great contests in the 5 Minutes for Books Back to School Giveaway going on through August 31.

I’ll be honest, I picked up How Sweet It Is from my TWO baskets of books To Be Read because I thought it would be a light, fun chick-lit sort of read (and I needed it). I was wrong.

On the surface, the plot seems a little predictable. Heartbroken young woman leaves her friends and family behind to start a new life. Only in this case, Deena Livingston is nursing a hurt that goes much deeper than the pain inflicted by her cheating former fiance. She’s recovering from an automobile accident that has left her with numerous ugly scars, inside and out.

Deena’s recently deceased grandfather, with whom she had a somewhat sporadic relationship, has left his mountain cabin to her. She decides that a change of scenery from Atlanta will boost her spirits, and help her to open a cake decorating business she’s dreamed of. She doesn’t know that there’s a catch: she must teach at the local children’s center for six months before the cabin will be hers. Since Atlanta offers nothing but terrible memories, she decides to give it a try. But teaching troubled tweens and teens how to cook is more than she bargained for.

As Deena befriends Jonas, the local plumber who has a few mental challenges, she also finds herself attracted to Zack, social worker for many of her students. Jonas’ child-like faith rubs off on her, and Deena begins to trust her heart to love again. However, Zack is still recovering from some deep hurts of his own that may hinder the relationship.

How Sweet It Is isAlice Wisler’s second novel. Her first, Rain Song was a Christy Award Finalist. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book is as well.

If you’d like to win a copy of this book (U.S. and Canadian shipping addresses), please leave a comment. The winner will be announced in next week’s column.

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.

The winners of last week’s book Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner are #7 Jamie, #143 Theresa Dell, and #64 LaVonne.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Hailey August 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

I would LOVE to win this book and add it to my book collection!

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2 Mama Zen August 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

This sounds like a good read!

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3 Barbara H. August 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

I’d not heard of this book or author. It sounds really interesting — I’d love the chance to win and read it.

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4 Connie Walsh August 17, 2009 at 9:16 am

Sounds like a really good read. We all need a little bit of child-like faith in our lives.

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5 julie August 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

sounds interesting..pick me

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6 BusyJulie August 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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7 Sandra August 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

I would love to read a refreshing good book

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8 Jesica August 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

Sounds like a good one! I’d love to read it

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9 Michele Judd August 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

This looks like a fabulous read! Count me in.

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10 Buffie August 17, 2009 at 11:31 am

This sounds like a really good read.

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11 Carol August 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

This sounds like a great book I plan to read it even if I don’t win it.

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12 Jen N August 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I would love to win/read this book-thanks!

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13 Carly P August 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Sounds like a good book!

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14 B. Nabors August 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I would love to read this, especially since I’m from Georgia :)

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15 Lisa B. August 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Sounds like a good book!

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16 Jenn August 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Oh, heavens! I cn’t remember the last time I read a fiction book. I’d love to win and I love to read!

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17 Wanda Bergman August 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I would love to win “How Sweet It Is”!!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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18 Jenn August 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Count me in, sounds like a great book!

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19 Elli August 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

looks like a great read!

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20 Maddy August 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

It does sound vaguely familiar. I wonder if I’m getting muddled with the song?
Cheers

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21 Jenna August 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

This looks like a great book, I’d love to win!

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22 cris August 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I’d love some fiction (it’s been a heavy textbook summer). Thanks for the giveaway!

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23 Jen August 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Count me in!

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24 Maria D. August 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I would LOVE to win!!!!!

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25 susan varney August 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

i would love to read this thank-you
mverno@roadrunner.com

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26 Sharon Walling August 17, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me.

Thanks

sharon54220@gmail.com

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27 Tonya August 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

love books count me in please

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28 Mary Ward August 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

It sounds like a really good read.

mamie316(at)sbcglobal.net

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29 Tammy August 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Would love to win this!!

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30 Amber August 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I won a copy ( so don’t need to be entered, thanks!) from Callapidder Days. I really enjoyed it too!

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31 Kim August 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm

This sounds like a good read before I head back to the grind this school year.

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32 Mozi Esmes Mommy August 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I would love to win this – it looks like a great book!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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33 Amanda S. August 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Ooh, I’d love to win! Thanks!

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34 Renee C August 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

This sounds great! I would love to win.

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35 shelly August 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

This sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

donnyandshelly (at) (yahoo) (dot) (com)

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36 Nancy Downs August 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Great book!

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37 Magi August 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

This sounds really interesting.

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38 Amber G August 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I’d love to win this book – it sounds really good!

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39 Neas Nuttiness August 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Please count me in – thanks!

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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40 Linda Chaput August 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Looks like an interesting book i’d love to read.

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41 Benita G . August 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Looks like a fun read. Count me in.

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42 Justin August 18, 2009 at 1:57 am

This is a great review and the sounds like a good read.

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43 JANICE R August 18, 2009 at 5:37 am

SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK THANKS

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44 Carol Lawrence August 18, 2009 at 6:14 am

Sounds like a good one! I’d love to read it. jelly15301@gmail.com

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45 Dawn August 18, 2009 at 9:48 am

Sounds like a sweet book…I need to get back to reading…

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46 michele anne August 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

This sounds great….sign me up….

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47 LaVonne
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August 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm

It sounds good. I will have to check out that first novel at the library. ;)

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48 Gail August 18, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’d like to jump in on this one! Thanks.

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49 Angie August 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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50 Karen B August 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Sounds like an excellent read!

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51 etirv August 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I would like to be entered!!!

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52 Tarah August 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I would love to win this book – it sounds like a great read!

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53 karen k August 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I would love to add this book to my home library…please count me in…thanks.

karen k

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54 CherylS22 August 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for the chance to win this book – please count me in!

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55 WInning Readings August 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Not an entry; just a note that I posted about this at Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-sweet-it-is.html

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56 Mary Marlatt August 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Sounds like a book I would love. Will definitely have to add it to the list.

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57 Tawnda August 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

sounds great

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58 Mary August 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I’ve read several reviews for How Sweet It Is and it sounds wonderful. Please add me!

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59 Annette W August 18, 2009 at 8:14 pm

This looks great! Thanks again!

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60 Marj McClendon August 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

You bet, I’d like to receive a copy. Thank you for this chance.

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61 Ashley Levy August 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

I really enjoyed Rain Song and would love to win this book. Thanks!

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62 Nancy August 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I’d love to win!

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63 Angie August 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I love to read and this would be a great addition to my book collection!

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64 Nancye Davis August 20, 2009 at 5:14 am

This sounds like a great book!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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65 Tami August 20, 2009 at 7:26 am

I’ve been wanting to get back to reading. I’d love to win!

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66 Miss Heidi August 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

Count me in. Thanks.

sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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67 Beth August 20, 2009 at 10:22 am

This looks great! Please enter me!

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68 Alicia August 21, 2009 at 12:38 am

Sounds like a good read.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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69 chastidy August 22, 2009 at 1:37 am

Id love to have the chance to read this. Thanks :)

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70 Carrie Baird August 22, 2009 at 2:49 am

Please count me in – it looks like a good read. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

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71 Erma August 22, 2009 at 6:14 am

This book looks really interesting.

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72 Staci A August 22, 2009 at 11:03 am

I would love to read this! Sounds very intriguing!

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73 Terry H. August 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

This book sounds interesting and would love to read it. Count me in!!

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74 Sheila Hickmon August 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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75 Candie L August 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Please enter me. I like the cover. Thanks

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76 Ed Nemmers August 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Happy Weekend!

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77 Daniel M August 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

looks interesting, life’s tough nowadays

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78 Bridget Michelle Combs August 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

This sounds like an amazing read!

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79 gloria August 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Sounds very good! THanks!

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80 Debbie D August 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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81 Jackie August 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

This sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks!!

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82 Marianna
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August 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

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83 shawna f August 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Sounds like a really great read!

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84 Beth August 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I would love to have this book – thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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85 Tamara Burks August 23, 2009 at 5:58 am

This sounds like a great book.

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86 Elizabeth August 23, 2009 at 6:43 am

The book sounds wonderful. I’m hoping for a happy ending for the main character. I’d love to read it!

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87 Lily Kwan August 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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88 Veronica Garrett August 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

This sounds like a great story. I would like to win.

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89 Kim August 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

I so would love this!

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90 kathy pease August 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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91 Deb August 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Books! Books! More books! I love to read! Yay! :) And I love to pass them on to other readers with my own mini-review/recommendation.

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92 clemens August 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm

put my name in the hat please!

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93 Betty Curran August 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

This sounds like a book I would love. Please enter my name.

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94 Lynne August 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I’m an avid reader and this sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading.

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95 susan smoaks August 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm

i would love to read this book!

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96 Lori Walker August 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm

would love a new read :)

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97 Brittany Pettry August 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I’m looking for a good new book to get sucked into.. would love to check this one out.

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98 Charlene Kuser August 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I would love to read about Deena and her adventure.Thanks for the guveaway

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99 Barbara Rawe August 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Now this is a cool concept!I would love to read and then share with my daughters. Thanks!

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100 Kelly Grant August 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I’d love to win a copy.

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101 Nancy August 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I would like to read this book.

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102 rajee August 23, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Love this book

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107 Kayce C August 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I love reading books by debut authors, and this one sounds great.

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108 Heather C August 23, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Please count me in! Thanks so much!

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109 kathleen yohanna August 24, 2009 at 2:25 am

I read your review and I would love to have a copy of this book.

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110 Pamela S August 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm

This sounds like a fascinating story. Thanks.

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111 Adele August 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Sounds like a great book. You haven’t steered us wrong yet.

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