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Sweetest in the Gale

(There's Something About Marysburg #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  40 reviews
3 stories + 3 couples = 6 lonely hearts finding happily-ever-after at last.

"Sweetest in the Gale": Much ado about love...

Candy Albright has always stomped confidently through the halls of Marysburg High, passionate and loud and entirely devoted to her students and her various English department initiatives. From his first day as her colleague, Griff Conover couldn't look a
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published July 30th 2020 by Hussies and Harpies Press
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As a romance reader with zero restraint, I read my arc the evening it landed on my e-reader. Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of a brand-new novella (“Sweetest in the Gale”) and two previously published novellas (“Unraveled” and “Cover Me”).

“Sweetest in the Gale” navigates grief as two English teachers organize a school-wide poetry initiative. In “Unraveled,” sparks fly when a tightly-wound math teacher mentors a chaotic art instructor in an opposites attract romance-slash-murder-diorama-my
Darlene I read WAY to many books
This bundle is a wholeee 3 novellas and ill be honest only 1 really stood out to me!!! So im read just that one for now.

And my rating is just for THAT NOVELLA.

Cover Me- Elizabeth and James ⭐⭐

This novella I should have set my expectations low. I just wish these two wouldn't have spent so much time PINNING for one another.. dude got married had some kids now divorced.. and Eliza well she went on dates and was single forever... now that she has a scare of cancer and tells James.. now he offers to
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love everything Olivia Dade writes. She has such real characters representative of real life. I liked the first story, and the beautiful snippets of poetry, but the second story, with a heroine who makes murder dioramas was a particular favorite. How could it not be? The third story was previously published, and I'd read it before, so I didn't reread. But I also remember that one as being a lovely story. I could happily spend more time in Marysburg and the school setting.
Olivia Dade has become one of my very favorite authors writing contemporary romance, and this new collection of Marysburg stories only reaffirmed that status. The collection features one completely new work, and two stories previously published in other anthologies with slight modifications. Individual reviews of the works below.

Sweetest in the Gale

One of my favorite subgenres of romance is decent people being decent, and whenever I find an author who does this, I put them on my mental list with
Ivy Deluca
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I’m going to attempt something that I’ve rarely done because it’s not really in me. To be succinct. Mini-reviews, one sentence (!) each. Am I going to abuse the comma? Absolutely. Let’s go.

Sweetest in the Gale: Even while focusing on the loss of a loved one (whether a partner or biological family), Ms. Dade managed to make this a lovely, uplifting and ultimately, emotionally satisfying romance between two colleagues that started this anthology off right.

Unraveled: Previously released novella th
Oh, my heart. Why am I so late in discovering Olivia Dade? She writes so beautifully and so intelligently. I laughed, sighed, and cried while reading these novellas. I loved the fat rep, the age rep (MCs are late 40s), and the sensitive handling of grief and illness. These stories are smart and lovely and I can't wait to read more of Ms. Dade’s books.
Sweetest in the Gale is an anthology of novellas by Olivia Dade, all set in her fictional Marysburg. Each of the stories is lovely. The first and the third ripped my heart out for different reasons.

In Teach Me, Dade introduced us to Candy Albright, an English teacher and Force to be Reckoned With. In “Sweetest in the Gale,” fellow Marysburg High English teacher, Griff has noticed Candy, but his grief for the death of his wife has disconnected him from other people.

Since that first Marysburg High

Three lovely stories from Olivia Dade. This is an author who never ceases to charm me with her words.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall: 3.5 stars
"Sweetest in the Gale": 3 stars
"Unraveled": 4.5 stars
"Cover Me": 3 stars

This is a collection of 3 stories, and while I enjoyed them all, the second one "Unraveled" was definitely my favourite. The relationship between the main characters felt a little more dynamic because it was an opposites attract situation, rather than the very sweet and safe friends to lovers romances of the other two novellas. The overall more light-hearted tone of book two appealed to me more than "Sweete
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, did I love this collection of contemporary romance novellas. Olivia Dade's Marysburg stories are so kind and thoughtful, funny and compassionate and deeply grounded in reality (but with a lovely sense of hope). In this collection, two of the stories deal with really serious subjects (in one case, grief; in another, a breast cancer diagnosis) and treat them with the depth and gravity that those topics deserve, but they are also filled with warmth and kindness, moments of fabulous humor, and a ...more
Luz Trevino
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweetest in the Gale
Overall rating: 4 stars

Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of three very sweet novellas.

The first one is Sweetest in the Gale. This one tells the story of of Candy and Griff. They are two English teachers that find each other through the loss of a loved one. They discover in each other a love that is worth having again. I really liked how it was told from his POV only.

Second story is Unraveled. This is the story of Simon and Poppy. These two couldn't be more different. It wa
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-partial
4 stars for the "Sweetest in the Gale" story. I read "Unraveled" in the He's Come Undone: A Romance Anthology (5 Stars). I am saving "Covered" for when I'm feeling more emotionally ready to read a story with cancer.

This cover! Olivia has really been inspiring me, both with her talent and her way of taking care of her characters. Both Candy and Griff are grieving, in very different ways. Griff, becoming aware that the woman he knew as the stern yet vivacious leader is utterly without spark as the
Rachel McMillan
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a gem of a book. One of the best novella collections I have ever read. And I did so in one sitting. Dade's romances are a rallying cry to be more empathetic, more socially aware and more confident in your own skin! I felt empowered by these lovely people finding their heart- mates amidst grief and illness and their own uncertainty. Wonderful!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: story 1 grief, story 3 health crisis
Tags: Older couple romance

Sweetest: 3/5
This is in the hero’s POV, I found it just a little bit difficult to follow the timeline and his train of thought but that’s probably because I wasnt fully engaged. This is a story about grief and I was reading in public, you know how it goes. Hardcore sex no problem, but give me emotions and I’m a public embarrassment . It's introspective and twee.

Unraveled: 5/5
Another hero POV. This dude is all logic and delicious
I love love LOVE this short story collection! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. All three stories made me cry and laugh, but Unraveled was just. UGH. I would have loved an entire novel of Simon and Poppy. I am a sucker for Hero Falls First, and BONUS he's also incredibly straight-laced and proper, a gorgeous contrast to how colorful and lively the heroine is. Poppy was whimsical without being unrealistically twee, and I loved them both.

All three stories are worth r
Lindsey Mae
Overall - 4
Heat - 2

Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of stories, one new and two previously released, by Olivia Dade.

Sweetest in the Gale
Sweetest in the Gale is a brand new story from Dade about Griff and Candy, two English teachers that have been polite colleagues for years. At the start of the latest school year Griff sees Candy prepping her room and it’s obvious something terrible has happened to dampen her usually feisty personality. As the two work together on a new school project they
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of three short stories. The first, Sweetest in the Gale, is a new release while the other two, Unraveled and Cover Me, were previously published in other anthologies. They’ve since been edited, and Unraveled has a new epilogue. This is book three in the Marysburg series. ⁣

I tend to shy away from novellas/short stories because they don’t quite do it for me in the character development area, but that is not the case with these stories! Once again, Olivia Dade
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of short stories set in the same “world” as her previous Marysburg books, one new and two previously published and lightly edited. However, just as her novels stand on their own, these stories are great stand-alone pieces, and could serve as a great entry point into Olivia Dade’s writing, just as much as they would please fans who’ve read her other work. In signature Olivia Dade fashion, the stories combine humor with heart, tackling tough topics with a light ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For some reason I hadn't read Olivia Dade until this year which is a tragedy. The good news is that I have a back catalog to sink my teeth into. Because her writing just works for me. It's emotional and funny and she effortlessly mixes the serious and the comedic.

All this to say, I loved Sweetest in the Gale. It's comprised of three novellas ("Sweetest in the Gale," "Unraveled," and "Cover Me"). The title story is a new one, the other two have been previously published in anthologies--I'd read
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Dade has been fast climbing my list of favorite authors. Sweetest in the Gale is a collection of three novellas set in the town of Marysburg, mostly centered around teachers at Marysburg High. All three of the stories were very well written and full of emotion. Every book in this series has really tugged on my heartstrings. I love that Dade's characters tend to be regular everyday people. She includes characters that range in age and size. I am always impressed with the way she handles co ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5. Love this 3 story collection so much. Plus size rep, and older couples. Olivia Dade is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Sweetest in the Gale- The story of Candy and Griff. 5 stars. I loved Candy in the book Teach Me and she did not disappoint with Griff. Their story was so sweet. Beautifully told story involving grief. I just wished it was longer.

Unraveled- The story of Simon and Poppy. 4.5 stars. Super steamy. I love a buttoned up hero falling for the quirky girl. There's somet
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a trio of novellas from Olivia Dade. The title story is new, while the other two have appeared in other anthologies. If you’re already a fan of Dade, you’ll love this collection. If you’re new to her work, get ready for a treat.

All of the hallmarks of Dade’s writing are here: real adult characters who deal with real life and real problems while exhibiting intelligence, humor, and goodness. Her heroes are sweet cinnamon rolls. Her heroines are grown women with full lives. None of her cha
Melissa Cutler
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A touching collection of novellas in Olivia Dade's signature style: 1) couples who are older, have beautiful and often larger bodies that mirror the idiosyncrasies of real actual people, 2) heroines who are fierce on the outside and total marshmallows in need of love on the inside, and 3) heroes who are gentle and pay close, loving attention to the details of the heroine in a way that is so tender and wonderful to read about.

The first story is a closed bedroom door romance between two English te
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The first novella (novelette? I can never remember) in this is a really deftly done and light touch on the beginning romance of two people both dealing with different types of grief, while the second is a very opposites attract story of two teachers in their 40s. Both were delightful, and featured Dade's usual great line in delightful fat women protagonists - I also loved the matter-of-factness of Poppy's bisexuality. The third is a married-for-health-insurance longtime friends with hidden pinin ...more
All of the novellas in Sweetest in the Gale had their moments and something to recommend them. Meditations on grief and guilt, political commentary on healthcare and how a lack affects real people, and how to speak your truth and apologize and forgive. I also love how Dade features characters who are older (in this case well into their forties), with life experiences that have had positive and negative impacts on them, finding love and meaningful relationships. It consistently warms my heart. Si ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This collection of short stories is perfect. Angsty, sweet, sexy, empowering—it’s the embodiment of all the best things that romance can be. Each story walked that balance between being something i could lose myself in and being relatable. That’s a HARD line and speaks to Dade’s talent, high is unmistakeable in 3 VERY different but equally incredible stories. I’m fairly new to this author and can’t wait to devour her entire back list.

My heart feels full and a bit more whole after this collection
Laurel Kristick
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, romance
Excellent ollection of short romances set in the same world as 40-Love and Teach Me ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This trio of novellas, set in Olivia Dade’s world of Marysburg, is charming and sweet and heartfelt. There are moments of humor, but also serious topics like grief and cancer. Dade writes here about people in their 40s, which is a refreshing change from the usual twentysomethings of romancelandia. A satisfying read for a Saturday afternoon.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the first and second stories unreservedly (Sweetest in the Gale, Unraveled). The last, for all that it was so serious and important and I enjoyed their relationship and how the material was handled, wrapped up way too quickly (their relationship) for me to be fully satisfied with it as a story.
Yes, I would prefer longer books instead of a collection of novellas, but this was really good. I loved how smart it was. Poignant and wasn’t insulting the intelligence level of the reader.
Absolutely loved how every story was with characters into their 40’s. It’s nice to see that life doesn’t end at 30 as with most romance novels.
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Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, ...more

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