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Sweet Caroline (Lowcountry Romance #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,410 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says y ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 407 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Center Point (first published 2008)
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Margaret Chind
May 31, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone making tough life choices in need of some guidance
Recommended to Margaret by: CFBA
Sweet Caroline is quite the book, and she is quite the person. She is a normal human being, in a normal life. Tough decisions need to be made, and only Christ knows if she is making the right choices. This book grips your heart and doesn't let it go. I love it from the heart-head-ear conversations to the screaming in my head what I thought she should do. :) This story of a girl in her late twenties growing up is something that anyone could benefit from reading. Caroline's situations remind me of ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. At first I thought it would be a straight chick lit, and in some ways it was. However, Sweet Caroline touched me in a deeper place than most lits do. I actually got choked up a few times. I rarely do these days. There were some very funny moments, some truly enjoyable girl times, and some romantic interludes that sizzled and popped. Best of all, though, was a spiritual awakening and a discovery of one's place in this world that was breathtaking and y ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline was someone I could really relate to, seeing as we are both 20-somethings who seemingly have put our own lives on 'hold' in order to focus on helping others. When Caroline is suddenly faced with several life-altering choices she must seek guidance from the Lord in order to make the best decision. It took me a while to understand why she ends up choosing the one that she does, but that's because it is a deep decision which I would have wrestled over myself. While I'm not sure I would hav ...more
Just - The romance reader
I've read this book twice and counting and loved it even more the second time around than I did the first. The entire series is great and this is definitely one of my favorite books, possibly only second to the second book in this series, Love Starts With Elle. Caroline is such a wonderful characters and the supporting characters in the book really just add to the story in a wonderful way. I wish we saw Mitch as more of a main character, but if he were then it wouldn't be the same story. I can o ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!!! funny love story and friendship too. And let's not forget car naming. Great Novel I love her!!
Jul 23, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2011 Deanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cute at times, but just to over the top for me. The main character has to choose between two completely hot guys who are after her (one a famous country star). Also whether she should take a job with the Donald Trump of Europe who thinks she's wonderful, despite the fact that she has no experience, education, foreign travel background, connections or even lived out on her own, or stay and own her own business that she received for free and starts doing great under her Midas touch.
Mar 02, 2011 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, chick-lit
This book was a good distraction for me when I needed a fast, easy read. Caroline is a people pleaser who can't say no to anyone, and always puts off her own plans and dreams for others. Now she's been offered the opportunity of a lifetime, a job in Barcelona with one of her best friends. The only problem is: she's just inherited the Cafe she used to work for, and her long time love is back in town. Will Caroline finally put herself first? And what does that mean exactly?
Aug 04, 2011 Jolee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golly. Hm....well...Genre romance is not my schtick...and this definitely was that. It certainly was engaging enough that I wasn't forced to projectile it across the room (how's that for positive review?!? ), so I think that means it was a FINE example of the genre, for folks who LIKE romances. Also, a bit hard to swallow (the innocence of some of the characters) , but refreshingly so, not coyingly so. Bottom line: I would recommend this strongly to folks who like romances and Christian fiction, ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading "Sweet Caroline". I was mad when J.D. Rand cheated on Caroline. I was happy when Mitch and Caroline friendship blossomed again. I didn't agree with Caroline when she turned down Mitch's proposal. It seemed that he really cares about her and loves her very much. He was even willing to move to Barcelona, Spain to be with her. If a man was willing to move to be closer to me I would be willing to give him a chance.
Jul 09, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love reading books set in the south...This is about twenty something Caroline, who has always done what was right for everyone else, and begins to explore what is right for her and more importantly who God wants her to be. A bit disappointed in the ending, but hoping to see more of Caroline in the other books in the series.
This is not your normal Christian Romane novel and I have to admit that I was not too happy with the book at the beginning. With two gorgeous men chasing after Caroline, I couldn't seem to relate to her. However the further I got into the book the more I realized how "human" she was.

She wasn't a Christian and she didn't even desire to come to know God at all. The author didn't even mention God fully until further into the book... something I am not sure if I like or not. I suppose it is a diffe
Nancy H Vest
Jul 21, 2012 Nancy H Vest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is categorized as a romance, I didn't see it as one. To me, it was a story of a woman facing some difficult choices. The ending was not what I was expecting, but it was believable and left several possibilities open for what could happen next.

The story is told with a single POV and it is told in present tense. I liked that! It's different!
Aug 12, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice story that feels like the South Carolina low country it is set in. The writing was good and kept me reading into the night. There were many storylines woven together with real skill. The finding God storyline was one that I found moving without being preachy. That being said, some things were a little too good. I’ve never had a car dealer make a deal with me and then throw in an extra $1000 because he thinks I’m a good person and I know there are many virgins in their late 20′s, b ...more
May 01, 2013 Alexia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It was very different from The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. There were very humorous times, Southern love and food, and God was a very powerful theme, which I really respected and adored about this book. I plan on reading the other books in the series. I'm interested to read about Elle because my personality is similar to hers. I wish more was described with the 2 male characters. I didn't really get much of a view inside their heads. I was pretty surprised with the ending.
Dec 04, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable, chick-lit type of book with endearing characters. The faith journeys of Caroline and Mitch were interesting and realistic, but it did bother me some that Caroline was so uncertain at times, and the ending did not seem to wrap things up. I hope there is more about what happens to Caroline in the second volume of the series, her best friend Elle's story. The writing style was interesting and easy to read.
Perfect mix of something totally more than sweet. I loved the characters and everything.
Mar 19, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! I, literally, laughed out loud in at least every chapter. The main character was hilarious. I have to admit though, the surprise ending threw me for a loop. The ending was satisfying, all loose ends were tied by the last page, but I'm dying to know what becomes of the characters next. Maybe it mentions this in "Love begins with Elle"? I will have to read it to see. :)
Cathy Daniel
Apr 17, 2013 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing, wonderful book! I cried and laughed ( the racing scene was hysterical to me lol) I can't wait to read book #2!
Jun 03, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good christian book read and had a delightful twist at the end. Caroline the main character had a struggle with her relationship with God and boyfriends and running a cafe in a small town. I enjoyed the read as it brought back that feeling of Fried Green Tomatoes. I love that book and the comfort the story line depicts of life in a small southern town with people and the food.
Nana Lee
Jun 23, 2013 Nana Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I bought this book without realizing that it is a Christian book. I'm not really the religious type however, I really love this book. The writing style is good, it's touching and it has just the right romance. Highly recommended! Looking forward into reading the author's other books. P.S. I think I just fell for Mitch. Pooyah. :p
I liked the book. Great characters and I love that is has a South Carolina feel. I was disappointed in the end though. It left you you hanging and I didn't like it.
2 1/2 Stars -

Very slow start for me...picked up a little in the middle-end.

I don't know if it the kindle version (probably), but it was very confusing at times. We would be in one place with characters talking, then all of the sudden in the next joining paragraph we are in a totally different situation... The Christian aspects were a little too preachy.

Romance was a little weak, didn't give a good happy concluding ending, don't know if this is going to be a sequel or not...just ok for me.

Oct 09, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first Rachel Hauck book I read - Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck . Part of it had to do with the editing for the kindle edition. The paragraphs ran into one another and there were a bunch of words hyphenated that didn't need to be. That being said, it was still a good book with some good twists and turns. The ending threw a curve ball that I hope will be resolved in the next book. I liked it enough that I would read the second book if I got a chance to get it cheap. :)
Sweet Caroline was a really endearing story about a young woman who needs a little "push" in life. She's lukewarm in life, her faith, and caters to everyone around her, before herself. That's before she is handed the keys to a Beaufort Cafe, The Frogmore, in Jones' will. She doesn't know what to do or which way to turn and decides immediately she should sell it.

Should she sell it? She is also given a chance of a lifetime to work in Barcelona! Should she stay in her home town and struggle making
Miriam Klit
May 17, 2015 Miriam Klit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently stumbled upon another one of Rachel's books and liked it, Sweet Caroline didn't disappoint me!
It took about 50 pages for me to get ahold of the story, because of a lot of secondary characters. Ones I got past that point though, the rest went by quickly.
It is also one of the most direct books in regard to the Christian faith, Rachel is very explicit about Caroline's beliefs and we see many aspects of the Christian faith, like prophesy.

The only thing I miss is for the story to continue
Jul 24, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at a sale some time back and placed it in my "to-be-read" pile. I found it a great summer read and am glad I picked it up now. For those who enjoy Christian Fiction, it has the faith element woven into it, but not in a cheesy way that some books in this genre do. In fact, I felt this book was about real people with real problems and real feelings. I like that about Hauck's writing. This book was published in 2008 and is followed by two more romance novels set in the Lowcoun ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This story was about a girl finding her way. Caroline is not used to putting herself first, she always puts others needs first. She gets the opportunity of a job in Barcelona but at the same time a café is left to her and now she doesn't know what to do. At the same time she has just started dating a new guy, but then her ex-boyfriend (who she never got over) is back in town. I enjoyed how the story flowed and all the characters around Caroline were special in their own way. I enjoy reading abou ...more
Sep 22, 2016 Delynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book except the end. Hope the story continues on in the 2nd book and doesn't just start with a different character. We shall see!
Sep 29, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: checked-out
This was a sweet Christian romance. She's a few tears and had a few moments of laughing out loud. Just a good quick read and worth the time.
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New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

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