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Sweet Life

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  114 reviews
What if you got away from it all--and then it all got away from you?

When her husband gets a new job, Marissa Price leaves the island of Manhattan for the island of Hawaii. Paradise seems like the perfect place to find herself, save her marriage, and reconnect with her daughter. But Marissa discovers her new life is less about beaches and beautiful sunsets and more about c
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2008)
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⭒Christie ☽✯➳✯☾
Hot Garbage! Shallow characters. Dime a dozen plot. Booooo 👎🏼
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely sweet! I really liked the author's first book Good Things and was not at all disappointed with her follow-up. Set in New York and then Hawaii, this book flowed very well and was a very enjoyable, easy read. At first I have to admit that I wasn't too crazy about the main character Marissa. I found her to be a very picky, hard-to-please, label crazy, self-centered brat. But after her family lands in Hawaii and things start to fall apart her character took on a little more d ...more
I picked this up because I loved Mia King's Deidre McIntosh books, Good Things and Table Manners. I generally like the idea of upending that fantasy everyone gets on vacation: why don't we move here?! Well, this answers that question. I do like that Marissa isn't a perfect wife and mother. She's a believable career woman struggling with a new role in "paradise" while her husband gets to live the dream. But as much as I like her for her faults, her faults are almost too much. It's not like she's ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-09
I absolutely loved this book. I had started reading it with hopes of finishing it during my plane ride this up coming weekend. But I couldn't put it down and finished it earlier than I hoped.

Marissa and her family have an opportunity to leave their life in New York behind and move to Hawaii where Paul has been offered a General Manager's position at a resort.

Mia King takes you through the ups and downs of moving to the Big Island of Hawaii from the mainland. Marissa's life connects with several
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up basically because it's set in Hawaii, and I am obsessed with all things Hawaiian. The story was not new - idiot husband moves family away from home, and then leaves (funny, this was the second book I read this week with this theme, but the other one was a memoir and much better reading). I liked the Hawaiian aspect, but I found myself constantly annoyed with the wife - who (I think) we are supposed to feel sorry for. Her character supposedly develops from a "typical" moneye ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this b/c the author currently lives in Hawaii and I love reading all things Hawaii, but it's not great literature by any means. It's a quick, easy, relatively light-hearted read that falls into the good old "chick lit" category, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone searching for books about Hawaii -- unless they were looking for "chick lit books set in Hawaii," in which case, here's your book!

There isn't much character development, even for the main character, Marissa. She starts
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Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is mainly about Paul and Marissa Price, a couple who decided to move to Hawaii, the paradise, with their daughter, Elizabeth 'Pansy' when Paul was promoted to GM, both of them believing that Hawaii will bring them a sweet life. But after two months, Marissa's marriage started to fall apart when she suspected her husband of having an affair with another woman.

I'm not particularly fond of any of the main characters in this book. Marissa seemed like a snobbish, materialistic woman who own
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
At first the book seemed a bit too perfect, lame, but I decided to keep reading and it surprisingly turned out good. There was a lot more depth than I initially expected. It was fun to see the friendships build between Marissa, Malia and Jane.

When Marissa's husband Paul wanted to have some time apart, I thought he was selfish and lame, but it was a nice surprise to realize at the end he didn't have an affair and really just took some time apart. At first, Tom seemed like someone I wanted Mariss
Warren Gossett
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was bored by the dull and unintellectual characters in this book. Perhaps some people want soap opera characters and comfort, feel good romantic novels. An upper middle class couple from New York City is given a corporate transfer to Hawaii. The wife says she misses the ballet, opera and glamour of the greatest city on earth. But their conversation seems focused on mundane things like rib eye steak, champagne, and chocolate cake. And by the way there is a 27 page section at the end of this nov ...more
Karen Sage
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun tropical easy read....mindless but enjoyable
Jennifer R Worthington
Liked the way the ladies all came together to live at the house & worked together so well.
Leasa Mcintosh
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written. To me, a simple book - would be a great Hallmark/LMC movie. Describes the island life well.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Just ok. Good supporting characters. I did not like the ending. Her other books are better than this one.
Joan Horkey
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very touching. Thoroughly enjoyable!
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
It was a good summer read. I found the protagonist both relatable and infuriating at the same time. What does that say about me?
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Marissa and Paul Price, along with their daughter, are moving to the Big Island of Hawaii, because Paul was promoted. Marissa believes that everything will be perfect and their own little paradise, but as more time goes by, things start to fall apart for the Price family. First, their house isn't what they had hoped for and needs a lot of TLC. The adjustment to Hawaiian life isn't as simple as Marissa thought and to top it off, she thinks her husband is cheating on her and he says he wants time ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
What a shame. I really thought I was going to love this book alot. I picked it out from my sister's bookshelf mainly because of the cover and the back. The story starts out very good, with a woman and her husband and her eight year old daughter moving to Hawaii because her husband gets transferred there. However, I got to Chapter 9 and made it through to the end. Then, I turn the page, and Chapter 8 starts all over again!! I guess it was a publishing mistake. So I go through Chapter 8 again, and ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It practically read itself. What I think I really liked about it is that it was a story about the friendship and teamwork between four women but the entire story was told from one character's perspective. I think when I read books about a group of friends, whether it's a knitting group, a book group, etc, I get annoyed by the constant change in perspective. Just when you want to know what happens next, the perspective changes again and the story-line shifts. This book is about ...more
Gail Baugniet
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This isn't my normal mystery novel genre, no murder to deal with or killer to hunt down. But the tension kept me reading.

The premise isn't unique: a woman follows her husband to him new job, from the island of Manahattan to the island of, well, the Big Island of Hawaii. Their new home isn't what they expected, and suddenly, the husband's life isn't what he expected. Now he wants to take time out to find himself, while the woman gets to live in the fixer-upper house and struggle to get by with t
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
There were certain aspects of this book that I liked, such as the Hawaiian setting and the "family" created from Malia, Jane, and Kavena. However, I didn't like any of the Price family characters - Paul decides to separate from his wife with no explanation as to why, Marissa is self-centered and seems to like people only after finding out that they're rich, and Pansy was completely unrealistic; what child is perfectly okay with moving away from her school (and friends) in the middle of the year, ...more
A good basic chic-lit book. Marissa gives up her job as a consultant and life in NYC and moves to The Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and daughter for her husbands job at a resort. Buying a house that needs more than a little fixing up and adjusting to a life without her usual purpose, within a couple of months her husband Paul tells her he "needs a break" and moves out. Marissa takes on 3 different women as tenants to help with her finances and the book explores her quest to figure out wh ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect with this started off in a way that was somewhat negative. It was a wonderful read, about expectations, perceptions and reality. A group of women that didn't even all get along find each other's strengths, weaknesses and figure out that what you think you want in life always true, and first impressions can be very, very wrong, and we can always find something in ourselves to improve..but it's not a preachy book. It's just a great story about friends, spous ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found the book lacked the feelings of emotion in the writing for me, it wasn't humorous or "fly girlesqye" it came across flat for me. I also didn't warm up to the heroine very much I found her to come across as snobbish and not wanting to engage with barista's as they were not in the same pay grade as her, really, that was a bit off putting. The author Mai King had the concept, and if know she can pull it off better than this book, I have read her other book Friendship Bread" it was executed ...more
Diane C.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book begins in New York, where Marissa, her husband Paul and their elementary school aged daughter Pansy live a fast paced, high spending life in their apartment in Manhattan. Things take a drastic turn when Paul, on short notice, takes a hotel management job in Hawaii, giving his family one week to travel there and figure out if he really should do it. Their decision to move there, how it affects their marriage, the friends and colleagues they meet, all make for a wonderful story. Thorough ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Sweet Life by Mia King is a predictable story about trials and tribulations of leaving Big City life in New York for rural setting on the Big Island (yes, even though it's paradise).
I know, same ole, same ole.
But my daughter and family recently had a year in Hawaii, thanks to hubby's job and experienced similar challenges to living in Paradise as described in King's novel: the giant bugs, the high costs of, well, just everything, the concerns about schooling, the challenges of finding appropria
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My mom recommended this book to me and at first I wasn't sure about it. However, after reading the first few chapters it captured my attention. I loved following Marissa Price's journey from New York to Hawaii. As a former New Yorker I was able to relate to alot of her descriptions of the city. Also I have travelled to Hawaii and have seen Volcano National Park in person and I loved reading about it through her eyes. Great story about relationships and learning about ...more
Cassie (idahogirlreads)
Reviewers of this book placed a lot of emphasis on the food thread throughout the novel, but I hardly noticed when the characters were eating a meal. Although I seemed to have missed that focus, I enjoyed the read. It was a quick one, and I found myself hooked in pretty quickly. I was cheering for the heroine the entire time, and alternately rooting for and despising her husband. The author did a good job of leaving you wondering after each page what the outcome was going to be. The ending was a ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
The premise of this book is something I think everyone can relate to - leaving behind your world as you know it (with family in tow) and trying out a new life in a totally different location. Though I live in many peoples' idea of "paradise" I've definitely had those same fantasies! Using the Big Island as the setting was unique and very well done. It easy to get into the story, but nothing earth shattering. The recipes in the back look pretty awesome though! Must try some out. ...more
Angela C
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
A boring book with one dimensional characters and a too-neat ending. All of the characters were annoyingly stereotypical: Neurotic NYC mom, clueless daft husband, handsome gentlemanly cowboy love interest, darling precocious daughter, crunchy granola hippie friend and kindly grandmotherly friend.

It did make me want to go to Hawaii and the recipes at the end were a cute touch.

Good if you're looking for brainless, happily ever after chick lit fare.
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Mia King is a national bestselling author of women’s fiction. She is the author of three novels, GOOD THINGS (Berkley Books, 2007), SWEET LIFE (Berkley Books, 2008), and TABLE MANNERS (Berkley Books, 2009). Her fourth novel, FRIENDSHIP BREAD, will be published in 2011 by Ballantine Books under the name, Darien Gee. You can find her on Facebook at or on her website at ...more

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