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Sweet Nothings

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Life’s sweetest moments happen when you least expect them . . .

When Ruby McMillan’s husband announces one morning that he’s dumping her for another woman, she’s unable to decide which indignity stings the most: the dissolution of their eighteen-year marriage or the deflation of her white-chocolate soufflé with raspberry Grand Marnier sauce. Without a good-bye to their two
Paperback, 386 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Bauvard, the author, has once said about desserts as;

“Love is the cake under the icing. The immature lick it clean and throw the rest away; adults scrape off the top and eat it dry.”

Janis Thomas, an American author has crafted an incredibly delicious tale about a mid-aged woman who's life turns upside down when her husband of eighteen years, in her new book, Sweet Nothings. Yeah that woman's life terribly goes wrong after her husband leaves her, but she makes it up by changing herself and the
Julie Valerie
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore Janis Thomas’s style of writing. Her writing is so comfortable it’s easy to get lost in the pages of her books and I intend to follow this writer throughout her writing career. SWEET NOTHINGS is Janis’s second book. I loved her début novel, SOMETHING NEW, which I thought was written specifically for me – tells the story of a woman who starts blogging and blogs through the questions in her life. Wonderful book.

In SWEET NOTHINGS, Ruby McMillian, our main character (oh my gosh, she’s great)
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book free from FSB Associates in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

‘So, too, have I gathered the ingredients of my life and carefully flavored them, patiently beat my whites, and lovingly folded together all the elements of my existence. Put my proverbial batter into the appropriately prepared ramekin and gently placed my world into the oven. And yet I must have done something wrong, made
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful story! Definitely pick this one up for a fun summer (or anytime) read. Review coming soon....
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ruby McMillan's pleasant life comes to a stinging halt one Saturday morning when her husband Walter announces that he's leaving her. Ruby is stunned, humiliated and outraged. Not only does Walter abruptly tell her he's unhappy when she thought they were doing fine (though to be honest, she admits she never really thinks about it much), but he doesn't even tell his two children, sixteen year old Colleen and fourteen year old Kevin, leaving Ruby to handle the whole thing. But the worst thing about ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when your husband of 18 years tells you that he’s leaving you for another woman? First you panic and then you start thinking up stressipes. It’s amazing all of the dessert recipes one creates when stressed out! But, when the going gets tough, Ruby McMillan gets baking!

Ruby is the owner of the Muffin Top bakery. It’s a small, cozy bakery located in Downtown Pelican Point. Ever since Ruby was little, she knew she wanted to open up her own bakery. Even at a young age she had everythi
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Sweet nothings? More like sweet everythings! When I read the summary for Sweet Nothings and saw that it was about a baker whose husband leaves her, I was excited. Baking in a book? Yes please!

Ruby McMillian thought she was living the perfect, quaint life. She has a stable husband, two kids, and a bakery where she gets to do what she loves all day long. Sure, there's no real passion with her husband, but who needs that? Well, apparently he does. One morning, Ruby's husband tells her he's leaving
Samantha Bailey
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Janis Thomas has become one of my favorite writers. I devoured her first novel, "Something New," and was so excited to read "Sweet Nothings."

I connected with the main character, Ruby, from the first line and rooted for her success with every page. And for someone who doesn't have a sweet tooth, I found myself craving baked goods throughout the entire novel.

Thomas's writing flows effortlessly, managing to be both brilliant and relatable, and Ruby's relationship with her children, best friend an
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice summer read in the "My husband left me and now I will make a success of my bakery" genre.
Beverly J.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this a lot. Very cute, smart and realistic.
Allie Smith
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-women
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

3.75 stars

Sweet Nothings is a hilarious and poignant look inside the life of a woman whose husband of almost two decades leaves her unexpectedly, sending her entire world into a tailspin. Ruby is nothing if not reliable and practical. She’s passionate about her job as a baker, but the passion stops there. She’s a great mother and she thought she was a good wife, but when he
Miriam Downey
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

The title says it all--"Sweet Nothings." It is a trifle, a cupcake of a novel. It can be read in a couple of sittings, much like a cookie can be eaten in a couple of bites. But like a cookie, or a cake, you just gotta have a book like Sweet Nothings occasionally. Janis Thomas, the author, calls her books "Chick lit grows up" by which she means matrimonial suburbia, where the mundane aspects of life take over.

Sweet Nothings is a b
Margo Kelly
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
If you like chick-lit, then this book is for you! My friends tell me all the time that they love to read light, fun, happy books, because life has enough troubling things in it and they don't want to read unhappy things. So ... I thought I'd step out of my preferred horror genre and try a chick-lit book. Well ... I think I should stick with horror ... and YA (I do love most YA books!).

Why? Because while my friends might like to read about happy topics for an escape, I actually like to read thing
Viviane Crystal
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun story in spite of some of the quandaries that Ruby McMillan finds herself in, life-changing shockers that she is totally unprepared to handle. But Ruby is a feisty lady; so when her husband decides to leave for his “soul mate” from work, Ruby does her mourning with her two children. But she never wallows in the sadness, even though it’s most definitely there!
The next shocker is about the possibility of losing her home and her gourmet bakery due to lack of financial resources, agai
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-won
Caveat emptor. OK, what's the saying for let the reader beware?

This is not a clean romance. It's not a smutty, trashy romance novel, but it does contain one sex scene, which my innocent mind would not allow me to read, and a few cuss words here and there.

This book reminded me of a cheesy Christmas movie. I guess that's appropriate with most of my reading having taken place during the Christmas season. This is not a Christmas story. I'm not saying that. It's like a cheesy Christmas romance movie
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Ruby McMillan's husband announces out of the blue that he's leaving one morning. She has her initial meltdown, of course, but then she starts getting on with her life. Walter has left their finances in a shambles and Ruby has to scramble to hold everything together as he sails off into the sunset with his new lover.

I had a blast reading this book. Even as I knew I should be feeling bad for Ruby, I would have to laugh as her neighbors kept her apprised of Walter's latest exploits via his Faceboo
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Ruby's husband surprises her one morning with the fact that he is leaving her for another woman. He has no regrets, he makes no apologies. As Ruby stands in her kitchen with a deflated soufflé, she is remarkably calm. As the days progress however, Ruby discovers that he announced his decision on Facebook, so all of her friends know, the mortgage is in arrears and Walter plans to declare bankruptcy. In the meantime, Ruby must raise her two teenagers and try and keep her bakery from going under.

Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this was such a wonderful book to get sucked into. I have no clue what I would do if my husband just came out of nowhere and told me he was leaving me for another woman. This is the case for 43 year old Ruby who's birthday is coming up in a few months. What does she do? She throws herself into the thing she loves to do most, bake!

From beginning to end this story had me going through each chapter very quick and staying up late just to finish one more. The writing was smooth and had me wan
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Honestly, I had a hard time “getting into” this book. I generally do not enjoy books written from a first person perspective and I think that may be one of the reasons why this book was so difficult for me to finish. I liked the character of Ruby – she was one of the more realistic characters I have read lately. I also enjoyed how she coped with the hand she was dealt – it was real and heart wrenching at times, but Ms. Thomas worked magic adding just the right amount of funny at the right times. ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
After finishing Sweet Nothings by Janis Thomas, I can honestly say this is one of the funniest, endearing, and whimsical books I've ever read. The premise isn't original, but how it's told is just perfect.

Ruby McMillan's husband, Walter, suddenly decides that their marriage is over. He wants to pursue his own happiness -- without Ruby. He's leaving her for another woman. A younger, slimmer, woman with big boobs perhaps? No. It's woman Ruby's age and with a couple of extra pounds. Ruby wonders wh
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Janis Thomas has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her books are entertaining, her characters are relatable, and it's so easy to become immersed in her novels. This book centers around Ruby, a talented baker, who finds herself rebuilding her life after her husband leaves her for another woman. Unlike a lot of women's fiction that centers around characters in their 20's, Thomas focuses on women in their 40's, and she tackles complex life topics with a mix of humor and poignancy. I couldn ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Loved this quote...

"I have always thought of God as a kind and benevolent being, not one who sits on His throne in heaven peering down at us mortals, waiting for us to screw up so He can visit upon us plagues of swift punishment. But karma is a different story. I absolutely believe in karma. What rational person doesn’t? Karma is about weights and balances. Karma is about equations: Person + Bad Choice = Consequence. Karma is also a vengeful bitch."
Sharina Samsi
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Very descriptive on Ruby's emotions. Kept me glued to know more. But the ending was a bit of a 'rush'. Was expecting slightly more drama as ex-husband returns. Ruby deserves to tell him off more than what she currently has.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Funny the title of this book is how it left me feeling, "Sweet Nothing". Except that I'm out $15.00 for this utter waste or literary shelf. Badly, written, characters were not fully developed, omg I'm still wasting my time with writing this review, it was totally not worth my time in reading it.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I giggled through the entire book. Janis Thomas can make a depressing subject hysterical! Great stormy weekend read.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it qnd got into it from page 1. Can't wait to discover other books from this author.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a cute story. The cake theme was fun to read. Not a huge literary piece but it was a nice easy read.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
More depth than I expected. Full review at after 11/30/13
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