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How Sweet It Is (Heart of Carolina #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  503 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Deena Livingston's grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local after school program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how is she supposed to convince these kids that cooking at home is better than eating at McDonalds?
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sandra Stiles
Dec 25, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, romance, adult
Oh this one touched close to home. Deena Livingston and her boyfriend are involved in an accident. He doesn’t bother to come see her, he just sends her flowers. When I read this I thought about my cousin. The night she became engaged she and her fiancé were involved in an accident. After emerging from a coma she had to learn to talk all over again, as well as learn to walk. She actually overheard her fiancé tell a friend outside of her door at the hospital that there was no way he would marry he ...more
This is truly a good story, but it's by no means a love story even though there is a bit of romance. It's about a young woman who suffered some great emotional and physical scars and is now trying to find herself. I loved every minute of it, only wished there was more heart and rainbows perhaps. After reading about people who have suffered so much in their lives, i wanted the gushy stuff added at the end too. Though am sure some would think that is too sugary for them.LOL

Review to come soon!
Carla Stewart
Jun 20, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing
This book is a little like taking a walk along a lovely mountain path. There are rocks to watch for, bends in the road that lead to unknown vistas, an incline or two that has to be climbed, but the sights and sounds along the path are delightful. With sparkling writing in a come-follow-me style, the author’s characters weave their way into your heart one page at a time.

How Sweet It Is takes place in the mountains of North Carolina. Junior chef, Deena Livingston inherits and moves into her grandf
Nov 28, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it
Recommended to Olivia by: my sister
Ahh this makes me so happy. It's down to earth, full of real life issues and emotions, and the characters are unique and lovable. What I love about this author is the fact she can write a beautiful story without a strong romance story-line. She has it there, but it comes into the story at the right time and doesn't choke it. I still like Rain Song a little better, but this one comes in close :)
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book touched my heart. It's a book about just learning to move on and heal. I think the biggest part of the time I was sobbing. I think it was just what I needed at this part of my life. Wonderful.
Nora St Laurent
Oct 15, 2009 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
Deena Livingston leaves Atlanta, the only home she’s known to move into her grandfather’s cabin in the North Carolina Mountains. Deena wouldn’t even have considered moving if her life in Atlanta hadn’t taken such an unexpected turn. It hurt too much to stay—too much had happened.

Her grandfather left her the cabin in the woods and a few surprises. Upon her arrival to Brayson, her aunt informs Deena that part of grandfather’s will states she has to teach at The Center for six months, doing the ve
Apr 23, 2009 melissa rated it really liked it
Deena felt realistic. Both her and Zack felt like real people to me, and not just forced together to make either a romance story or a Christian story work. It felt like the author put more thought into these characters then just slapping labels on and calling that good enough. Maybe Christian Fiction has changed quite a bit since I last read it. Or maybe I was reading different kinds. But this one (and the last) book I read, felt so much… softer? Like I wasn’t being beaten over the head every se ...more
Just - The romance reader
Jul 09, 2009 Just - The romance reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-library
This book automatically had two things going for it; the main part of the story is set in North Carolina, where I live and the main character is a baker, like myself. I love a story set close to home, or one about a girl who bakes, both things give me something I can relate to about the character.

Deena the main character is a young woman with a broken heart on the mend. She has recovered physically from a horrible car accident that left her terribly scarred, but she is still recovering emotional
Mar 25, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What happens to us when someone we love betrays us? Is the "love of your life" also the center of your life? What does it mean to really forgive someone? If we are also ruled by our own self images, and accident or illness changes that image, can we still go on? Can anyone love us again? Or more importantly, can we forgive ourselves and find true love again? Have you ever considered the real source of all love?

These questions are explored in this serious, but extremely fun and enjoyable novel ab
Jul 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Cheryl Olson
Mar 10, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it really liked it
Some books are fast paced adrenaline rides where you hold on for dear life, others are more like a slow walk through the park, where you take in more of what's around you and can examine your surroundings. I would say "How Sweet it is", by Alice Wisler is the later. The story is about a young woman named Deena who is recovering from heartbreak and a serious car accident and looking to start over. She moves to her late Grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina for that fresh start. T ...more
After a car accident and devastating break up with her fiancee, Deena leaves behind her job as chef in an Atlanta restaurant and plans to start a cake decorating business in her new home Bryson City, North Carolina. Deena's grandfather left her a cabin there in Bryson City. However, Deena is completely unprepared for the stipulation in her grandfather's will, which she must agree to in order to inherit the cabin. She also has no idea the plans God has in store for her. Once Deena lets God lead h ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jun 03, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
How Sweet It Is by Alice Wisler is a sweet novel of learning to let go. Deena Livingston bears both physical and emotional scars from her ex-fiance. After he crashed his car, she needed 179 stitches to repair the damage, and in the hospital, she learned that he had been cheating on her. The two devastating blows send her from her home in Atlanta to the mountains of North Carolina where her grandfather left her his cabin in his will. A clause to the will requires her to teach cooking to junior hi ...more
Jennifer Westall
This is a story that focuses deeply on the inner transformation of a young woman who has been traumatized by an unfaithful boyfriend and a car accident, both leaving her deeply scarred. She leave behind her life in Atlanta for a cabin in North Carolina left to her by her late grandfather. Through her experiences teaching a cooking class to troubled middle schoolers, she is able to heal and forgive.

For me, this was a story that had no major problems, but also never grabbed hold of me either. I w
Jul 24, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction Fans,
Deena Livingston almost died in a car accident with her fiancé in Atlanta, Georgia. Now several months later she is still reeling from the accident, the news that her fiancé was cheating on her, and attempting to hide the scars from the accident. She decides to leave Atlanta for her Grandfather’s cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. Her Grandfather, has left her his cabin in his will with one condition; she must teach cooking to the middle school students at The Center. There she finds kids ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Krista rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down! I read it in two days.

This book is a Christian novel with a hint of romance.

Deena Livingston inherits a cabin located in North Carolina from her grandfather. She decides to move from Georgia to her new cabin, escaping her heartbreak and scars of her past. She does not intend to get to know her neighbors. Deena decides to start a cake decorating business and according to her grandfather's wishes she must also teach cooking to a group of teenagers.
She does not rea
Dec 27, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
This book is a well-written story of a woman chef in Atlanta who is given the opportunity to make some fundamental life changes. After a horrific accident and then a bad break-up, she is left both physically and emotionaly scarred. She inherits a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains from her grandfather but there is one small catch: for the cabin to be hers, she must spend the next six months teaching some middle school kids how to cook. These kids are every bit as emotionally beaten as she is, ma ...more
I recently discovered Alice Wisler, and find her writing very sweet and meaningful. The main character in this novel, Deena, is a chef from Atlanta who moves to the Great Smokey Mountains after her fiance abandoned her. He abandoned her because he could not look at the scars on her body sustained when he was driving recklessly in a heavy storm. Deena's Uncle had died, and in his will, he left her his cabin if she would agree to teach a cooking class for the local children's center for six months ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Leanne rated it liked it
The main character, Deena, is having a difficult time with scars both physical and emotional from a recent car accident and break-up with her fiance. The cabin in the Smoky Mountains that her grandfather left to her upon his death is exactly what she needs to get away from all the hurt.

Writing in her journal, teaching middle school children how to cook and a mentally challenged friend all help her start the healing process.

I enjoyed the references to the Smoky Mountains and Atlanta, having been
Jessica Vargas
Jan 13, 2015 Jessica Vargas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Maravilloso, te ayuda cuando hay cicatrice en tu piel, cuando se te murieron familiares, cuando perdiste la esperanza en una pareja. Primera vez que leo una novela que tiene toda esta pequeña cosa junto y ademas que lo mas importante no dejaron a un lado s Dios.Dios estuvo en cada uno de su parrafo, Jonas me parecio un oso de peluche siempre ayudando o diciendo algo que te ayude a seguir, Darren me parece un lobo hermoso y misterioso a pesar que la gente le tenga miedo el tambien tuvo miedo y cu ...more
I think I'm getting used to books where everything is going on in the main character's head. At first it really bothered me because the other characters don't seem to change or have much to do with the story. But, that makes sense, I suppose, when it's in first person perspective. That's how we think, anyway. I liked a lot of Deena's observations on life and other people. And I kind of liked that the story ended with her beginning. (view spoiler) ...more
Another enjoyable effort from Wisler. Employing the same pleasant narrative style of her first novel, she creates characters that the reader can't help but root for. The novel is not particularly surprising, but the frequent interjection of quirky characters and an occasional jarring passage, such as Darren's ordeal, keeps it from becoming unpleasantly predictable.[return]My one criticism would be that, like in her first novel, the end feels a bit rushed and could be filled out slightly more, bu ...more
Aug 07, 2010 Cassandra rated it liked it
This book is definitely an improvement over the author's debut novel. The plot was more interesting, the character development was more believable, and the setting felt more vivid.

A very quick read. Probably not something I'd come back to. The book actually left me feeling kind of down as the main character kept struggling with anger and other negative emotions and there was very little to counter that. The ending was abrupt enough that it wasn't able to pull me out of the sadness.

The cake on t
Jan 14, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I have been dreading reading this book. I have not been a huge fan of Alice Wisler...but I loved this book! I'm not sure if it is getting used to her writing style or just the character development and storyline of this particular book, but I really liked this book.

This book was touching because it addresses the hurt that so many people go through and the forgiveness that needs to occur to move on.

Very good read...and don't miss out on the recipes included in the book. Can't wait to try a few!
Oct 18, 2012 Minderella34 rated it really liked it
This was my first Alice Whisler book. I picked it out at the library unsure if I would like but it sounded like a decent story. I was not disappointed. The characters were a mix of the eccentric, loveable, caring, and helpful. It had a lot good wisdom for living life well. The story flowed well, and although it wasn't one of those "I can't put this down" books it wasn't hard to finish. Overall I was very satisfied.
Apr 29, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
This was a cute book, but it wasn't the best book I've ever read. Being a fan of baking, I loved Deena's experience in culinary school and her idea to run a cake business. That is what kept me interested throughout the first few chapters, while I was struggling to stick with the plot and Deena's rather sad outlook on life. I thought things really picked up in the last 1/3 of the book and I was glad to see Deena get her life in order and everything turn out okay.
Apr 30, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
A very good book, but I did get a little tired of the 'poor me, he dumped me' I think that got more storyline than the fact her 'fiancee' crashed her into a building which left her scarred and then never came to see her in the hospital because he was cheating on her w/ the wedding planner! Be glad to be rid of the creep! But, all that to say that it was a good read and I did enjoy it, even if I was a tad hungry for cake at the end!!
Mar 06, 2012 Sania rated it it was amazing
I honestly do not remember reading the last book that left me feeling this good. I think this means it must have been a long time since it happened. I had no idea what to expect when i picked it up. I read no short summary,prologue,epilogue or excerpt but by the time i was done i felt so alive. My faith was a beating heart again. This book is a true treasure. I makes me hope i find similar books every once in a while; books that would relieve rather that frustrate me.
Jun 04, 2012 Monkeyface rated it really liked it
Read How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler. I enjoyed this book about a woman named Deena who move from a big city to the mountains. She is trying to forget the car accident and her X fiance. Well she is left a cabin in the e mountains in a will by a grandfather and with conditions she teach a group of kids how to cook. Along the line she meets the councilor and finds she falls in love well not give the story away. I liked this book I give it a 4 star and a 8. I wanted a wedding.
Jun 21, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!! Deena is a young woman who was recently in a car accident and had a broken engagement with her fiancé. She is healing from both those wounds when she moves from Atlanta to her Grandfather's cabin in North Carolina and has to teach cooking to a group of kids who have wounds of their own. This book takes you on the journey that all of them face together and you meet a handsome, patient social worker (Zack) (my dream job).
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 18, 2015 05:55PM  
HOW SWEET IT IS 2 20 Sep 19, 2009 11:48AM  
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* Born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Japan for 18 years
* Went to Kyoto International School and Canadian Academy
* Majored in Social Work and graduated in 1983 from Eastern Mennonite University
* Worked at a group home for disadvantaged kids outside of Philadelphia
* Taught English and Culture Orientation at a refugee camp in the Philippines
* Taught English as a Second Language in Japan
* Speaks and te
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Heart of Carolina (4 books)
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  • Hatteras Girl (Heart of Carolina #3)
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