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Sandwich, with a Side of Romance

(Sandwich #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  88 reviews
She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle. 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. It 's all Reuben-the-Jerk 's fault, and she 's determined to make him right the wrong. He does ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Ruth Hill
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
When I began reading this, I wasn't sure I would like it. I have read so many vapid, sappy Christian romances, and I am often disappointed in both the story and the message. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a delightful romance, and I can honestly recommend it pretty highly. The story and the characters are fun. Actually, if Reuben is real, I'll drop everything and marry him now. And Maddie is an easy relatable character.

I found the message excellent. In fact, I was reminded that t
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this book had me literally laughing out loud in a bunch of spots. Very witty banter between Maddie and Reuban.

With that said, after 50% through, Maddie's rough past starts making a big influence on the book. She had a very rough childhood, which lead to rough times in high school. Nothing graphic but you find out what she did in HS and how she turned her life over to God. Which is fantastic, of course. A little preachy in places, and a tad bit drama-rama. (BTW - I hate Livy!) But overall
Susan Snodgrass
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Her heart lay limp inside, bloody from the massacre his words created."

I discovered Krista Phillips' writing when she already had books published, so I had the pleasure of reading them one right after the other. This one was her first, I believe, and the last I've read. Her writing is just wonderful. Such a dry wit and knows how to create characters that are incredibly believable. The plots are also very well done. I am captivated when I open one of her books. I loved every minute of this and a
Jody Hedlund
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Sandwich, With a Side of Romance, Krista Phillips will win you over with her witty, entertaining, laugh-out-loud writing style. She's created loveable, quirky, down-to-earth characters with real life struggles. As the characters wrestle to overcome their problems, you'll find yourself cheering them on and savoring the sweet but sassy romance that ends with a blissful sigh. A delightful debut. I can't wait to see what Krista comes up with next!
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
MY AUNT WROTE THISS!! And of course it was amazing! If you want to read a romance novel/ Christian novel this is the book to read. I was sucked into it instantly and would definitely read it again.
Cathy Daniel
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD! I laughed, cried, got mad etc. all the traits of a fabulous book! Not just fluffy chick lit at all. Loved this book!!
Bluerose's  Heart
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
4.5 stars!

I'm not typically a fan of Contemporary Christian books. I don't know what it was about this one, but I latched onto it from the time I heard the title. I knew I had to read Sandwich, With a Side of Romance. I was expecting to like it, but it actually surprised me JUST how much I grew to love the story and characters!

A great deal of Christian romances involve a pure, Christian girl trying to tame the guy. I simply adored the twist on this story! We get a pure, Christian guy attempting
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I am not a super-big fan of contemporary romance fiction. It's not that I don't like this genre, I just prefer historical, medieval, or suspense (best of all is those three combined!! ;-). Anywho, I do enjoy reading a contemporary romance on occasion, so when I saw Sandwich with a Side of Romance, it looked like the kind of book that was light, fun, and engrossing. And that is exactly the kind of book Krista Phillips has written!

Maddie and Reuben made
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
On her first day on the job, hairstylist Maddie Buckner is cutting Reuben hair when he falls asleep, causing her to cut too much off his hair. She is immediately fired, and comes after Reuben telling him he is responsible. He gives her a job as a waitress in his restaurant. Maddie is not a good waitress, so he agrees to make her his assistant.
I loved this book. It's a Christian romance, but I think anyone, Christian or not would still enjoy it. It isn't "preachy" at all, although the Christian
Cheri Swalwell
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Sandwich With a Side of Romance, Krista Phillip’s debut novel. Did she ever deliver! I tend to read more dramatic stories about heavy topics or suspense or mystery-type books, and this was a refreshing change. I knew that I was reading a more lighthearted novel when I picked it up, and it was fantastic. Exactly what I needed to escape and just remember how to enjoy life again. I will definitely be recommending it to friends and family.

Don’t get me wrong. There was plenty
Maureen Timerman
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
What a fun read, lots of chuckles! It is such a warm hearted and we begin to pull for her right from the beginning. Maddie Buckner is beginning her new life at Sandwich, IL...but getting fired on her first day wasn't in her plans.
Reuben Callahan is one drop dead gorgeous man, and he becomes Maddie's first customer at the beauty salon. Thus he is responsible for getting her fired. Reuben has a heart for the Lord, and has compassion...well kind of...and hires her to be a Waitress. Calamity Jane ha
Madison Buckner has moved to Sandwich, Illinois, to start a new life and to try and get custody of Kyle, her eleven-year-old brother. She is fired from her job as a hairdresser on her first day, and talks her way into a new job as administrative assistant to Reuben Callahan, owner of The Sandwich Emporium and two other restaurants.

Maddie is a new Christian, trying to live by God’s standards and put her difficult past behind her. She is helped by Allie, who she meets by coincidence in a McDonald
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, what a yummy fun loving novel!

From the first chapter I was drawn into the world of this debut novel. Witty, funny, snarky and mixed with a dose of suave and you’ve got a contemporary romance healthy in humor and nutritious in the romantic conflict department. (Okay, ending the food metaphors here, I promise)

Maddie is a baby Christian with sort of a false sense of prayer and all God is. But she’s trying and she wants to honor the God who has saved her…but on one condition: she cannot fall
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun cute book to read, a bit heavier on the internal praying than I have read in other Christian novels, but hey it's a Christian novel so it's no big deal. The characters were okay, I didn't fall in love with them, but there was enough interest in them and the plot to keep me interested. I did appreciate the moral value of the story. Maddie, the young 20 yr old main character made mistakes in her past and she was trying to start fresh, including her new found Christianity and trying ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book, cbd, kindle
Oh how I loved this book! Another Goodreads friend was reading it and said she was enjoying it, so I bumped it up on my list to read, and I am so happy I did!

Reuben, the hero, is grouchy, grumpy and sometimes cantankerous in a wonderful, sweet and lovable kind of way. :) I know, I know that sounds very contradictory, but once you read it you will understand. Maddie is stubborn, feisty and independent in a needs help and love but unwilling to accept kind of way. :)

I absolutely loved the banter b
Colletta Miller
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-done
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.

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Lynne Stringer
I enjoyed this book and felt as though I could relate to the characters, although I thought Maddie was a little too defensive at times.
I also felt that the climax of the book was insufficient. A horrible situation rears its ugly head, two characters fight and then we skip forward in time. It made me feel that the resolution of that climax was underdone. Also, I felt the relationship between the two leads was resolved in a way that seemed a little abrupt. There were a few scenes, actually, where
Teresa Snyder
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you feel like you're living rather than reading. You can't read it fast enough, but at the same time you want to drag your feet to keep it from ending. Reuben and Maddie were adorable together. They were so real, as were the secondary characters. The storyline was great. No fluff, just story. The chemistry between Reuben and Maddie was sigh worthy at times. The conflicts were not overly dramatic and drawn out. Highly recommended.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a fun read. I enjoyed it very much. The characters are lovable, kind people (except for one); and the interaction between them is believable. There were some laugh-out-loud times as well as a few tear jerking times. I loved it. I'll definately be looking for more of Krista Phillips' writing.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maddie has had a rough upbringing and comes to the town of Sandwich with dreams of establishing herself so she can take her younger brother, Kyle, out of foster care and come live with her. But she gets fired from her job on her first day all because Rueben fell asleep in her chair. She forces Rueben to get her a new job, and when waitressing at his restaurant doesn’t work out she becomes his office assistant. After a chance encounter with Rueben’s niece reveals a secret Maddie has been keeping ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Maddie Buckner wonders if she could possibly win the record at Guinness for being fired the most in one day. When she is hired at the Sandwich Cut 'N' Style, she is forced to spend most of the day sweeping floors and cleaning instead of taking the walk-in customers like she was promised by Judy, her Nazi-of-a-boss. However when Judy steps out to run an errand, opportunity knocks when Reuben Callahan, whom she believes is Mr. Gorgeous is in need of a haircut and can't wait for his usual stylist. ...more
Margaret Fisk
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sandwich, with a Side of Romance is a delightful inspirational romance with a strong faith theme that looks at a person’s relationship with God, but also their faith in themselves. Add in a dose of stubbornness and another of humor, and you might begin to see what makes this book a wonderful read.

Maddie Buckner is a young woman with a terrible past, the reaction to an abusive father and a loss of her mother young, but she’s been given a second chance. She discovered faith in God, and through it,
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twenty-year old Maddie Buckner hasn't had an easy life, but along the way she finds Jesus and becomes a Christian, and she tries her best to make changes to get her life back on track. She moves to Sandwich, Illinois in order to gain custody and provide a stable home life for her eleven year old brother Kyle, who is currently living in a foster home. Kyle's foster family has the option of applying for adoption, and with the clock ticking down, Maddie has to secure a job and prove that she could ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled to finish it..., 3 Sep 2013

Well, what can I say more? that I have read dozens and dozens of books like this one, where the female character is just soooo annoying, a know it all ungrateful character, that you cannot feel anything for her. Basically, Maddie made a botch job of a customer's hair cut, whether his fault or not, then because of this, she got fired from the hairdressing salon. But this was her first day at work. Then, the customer, Reuben, feeling bad, offers her a
Victor Gentile
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Krista Phillips in her new book, “Sandwich, With a Side of Romance” published by Abingdon Press brings us into the life of Maddie Buckner.

From the back cover: She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle.

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner, and her brother, until she loses her new job after less than an hour on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.

He does so, however reluc
Sid Frost
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW: Sandwich, with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

I've been following Krista Phillips' blog,, for years and was pleased to learn of her debut novel, Sandwich, with a Side of Romance, published by Abingdon Press. As a reviewer for Abingdon, I received an early copy and loved the book.

This is a delightful Christian romantic comedy with just the right amount of angst to leave you feeling you have read a story with meaning. Deep down, it is a st
Pat Dyer
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Sandwich With a Side of Romance is a fun, relaxing read with realistic characters and a satisfying Christian theme without being supercilious.

Meet the main characters:

Madison “Maddie” Buckner is a twenty-year-old hairdresser who’s just earned her cosmetology license and moved to Sandwich, Illinois to work in a hair salon and begin a new life. So how in the world did she wind up working in the Sandwich Emporium? Her heart’s desire is to be able to provide a home for her eleven-year-old brother—a
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure that I was going to really enjoy this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Author Krista Phillips' characters are likable, and believable. Maddy and her younger brother Kyle had a tough life. Maddy, now 20 is out of the foster care system, and wants nothing more to be able to have her brother with her. He's the only family that she has left. But he's living with his foster family, the Blakelys and Maddy finds out that they are going to be petitioning for custody. Maddy needs to ge
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Krista Phillip's debut book, Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is a savory read, flavored with humor and depth!

When Maddie Buckner moves to Sandwich to become a hair stylist, she botches her first haircut and loses her job - and the chance to gain custody of her brother still in foster care. Reuben-the-Jerk, who got her fired, is guilted into giving her a job as his assistant at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium.

Maddie is racing against time, as she struggles to build a stable life and get cu
Valerie Comer
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brand new Christian Maddie Buckner is desperately trying to get her life on track so she can spring her 11-year-old brother Kyle out of foster care, but her first day on the job at a hair salon in Sandwich, Illinois, brings cause for a desperation of a deeper sort. The very first customer she’s allowed to lay hands on is a guy named Reuben who falls asleep in her chair then lurches upward, messing up the snip she was in the process of making. Patching it up isn’t an option–Maddie finds herself g ...more
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Krista Phillips enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Middle Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at

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