Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway ~ Sandwich With a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips 5/5!

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I am pleased to say that I am taking part in the above Pump Up Your Book blog tour!  You can click on the picture to go find out more details about the book, the author and other tour stops.


Now, my review:

Sandwich with a Side of Romance

Title:  "Sandwich With a Side of Romance"
Series:  N/A
Author:  Krista Phillips
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publication Date:  9/1/2012
Pages:  320
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description:

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than a day on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.

He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.

And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

I have been following Krista's blog for quite a while now so I was anxiously awaiting the chance to read her very first published book.  When I got opportunity to review it as part of the above book tour, I jumped at it!

This was one of those books that I picked up right before bed to read a few chapters to relax.  That was at 9:30pm.  I finished the book at 2:00am.

First I was going to read a few chapters.  Then I was going to read to the mid-way point.  Then I just couldn't not finish it.  And it was on a school night.  Needless to say, as soon as I got the girls off to school the next morning, I had to take a morning nap.

This book was excellent!  And that truly is my honest opinion.

My Favorite Character:

My favorite character was Maddie.  She is so funny, snarky and independent.  She is determined to make a better life for herself and get her little brother out of foster care.  I love that she is a fairly new Christian and talks to God openly and honestly.

I have to mention that Reuben is swoon-worthy and even though he can be a jerk (really all men can be), he has a heart of gold.

My Favorite Scene:

There were so many favorite scenes in this book!  It is really hard to narrow it down.  I'll go with the scene when Maddie and Reuben meet in the hair salon and the events that lead to their being thrown together.

My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:
Maddie combed the first swatch of hair and positioned her scissors to make the cut, but Reuben's head jerked farther down then up as she began her cut, causing her hands to slip.

Maddie gasped.  Dread curled itself around her stomach and squeezed.  In her trembling hand she'd caught four full inches of his hair.  On the side of Reuben's forehead was a one-and-a-half-inch dusty-blong stub.
Page 11

It Would Have Been Better If:

There honestly was not a single thing I would change about this book.  Not a thing!  That doesn't happen very often.  I can't wait for Krista to write another book :)

I Would Recommend This Book To:

Hair stylists, waitresses, administrative assistants, anyone who has ever had to sleep in their car, big sisters, young adults, basically everyone!




Now, for the giveaway!

To enter for a chance to win my review copy of this book:

*Mandatory-  Please leave a comment telling me if you've ever had a bad haircut and why you didn't like it.

*Extra-  Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do :)

The giveaway will run until October 8, 2012 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be announced on October 9th.


On to the next book,


  1. I don't think I've ever not liked a haircut- I have thought it was cut a bit short though..

  2. Oh, and my email is readingandrising at gmail dot com

    I follow via GFC as cassy wrage

  3. My worst haircut was when I was moms friend was talking to her husband on the phone not paying any attention. Next thing I knew I basically had a pixie because I was so uneven. It was sad!! I come from a family with long locks! Needless to say no more from her!!

  4. A bad haircut? Oh, yes, it was almost as short as a boy's haircut but stylish! I couldn't wait for my hair to grow out.

    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  5. I'm a follower via GFC.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. I've had plenty of bad haircuts, where my mama cut it uneven.

    bookaholicholly @ gmail . com

  7. GFC follower: Holly Letson
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  8. Hmmm... I don't think I have ever had a BAD haircut. I have had a few that weren't "exactly" like I wanted them (either the hairdresser cut too much off or didn't give me enough layers or something like that). Oh... wait.... thinking back to Kindergarten, I DID have a bad haircut. I had longer hair and accidentally got GUM in my hair. My grandmother cut my hair to get the gum out and she cut it longer on one side and shorter on the other. I don't know why... And she was always cutting my bangs crooked. >(

    I do follow you-- via GFC.


  9. lol, bad hair cut... Other than the occasional to short bangs (thankfully it grows fast) not that I can think of.

  10. Oh Gosh, I have had several bad haircuts. I don't know which part of "just a little bit" my stylist doesn't get. I swear! She always does whatever she wants on my hair which is pretty much equal to me looking like a boy. I still love her though. Hair grows.

  11. Oh, I forgot! I follow you via GFC as Kar.-

  12. I gave myself a bad haircut when I was in Jr. High, I wanted to cut my own bangs and couldn't get them even so I kept going higher and higher, lets just say I was not looking good! :-)

  13. I follow through GFC: Kaci Verdun

  14. I have not had a bad haircut. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  15. Never really had a bad hairhut but the beauticians always want to make it real fluffy after, which i hate.

  16. Probably not a bad haircut, but the perm that accompanied it! Lol

  17. I follow via GFC

  18. I got one bad haircut many years ago. The left and right sides were not even.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Follow by GFC
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com
    (forgot my email in last comment!)

  20. YES!
    My daaaaad cut my hair and i looked like a little dutch boy. I am FEMALE. There are pictures to prove it unfortunately. *sighs* :)

  21. Hi!
    I follow via GFC: Mippy
    Thank you for the chance! :)


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