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"HOW SWEET IT IS will set your heart on fire"
-Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author "One sweet read! Everything I love best: humor, warmth, emotions that pull at the heartstrings, characters that step off the page, and a wonderful love story."
-- Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author HOW SWEET IT IS Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that n
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Forever
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Jane Stewart
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
2 stars. People throw away money, do things they can’t afford, and refuse help – I couldn’t enjoy this thinking.

STORY BRIEF:
A year ago, Tay accidentally ran a red light and crashed into another car which killed Linda the other driver. Tay has suffered guilt ever since. Linda had so many debts that her daughter Candy received nothing. Candy has no other relatives to help her. She is a college student who will have to drop out due to lack of money. Tay owned and managed two rental properties. He
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Phyllis
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Diane Holquist is Sophie Gunn. I have been looking for more books by Diane Holquist. I own and reread all of her books. I just recently discovered that she writes as Sophie Gunn. Who knew? Probably everyone, but I didn't. I love this story. The heroine is a single mom. She works hard as a waitress at local dinner. But saving for college has meant that her home is run down and in need of repair. When the long-absent father of her 14-year-old daughter sends a letter that he will visit on Christmas ...more
Jess
I won this book through GR's giveaways, thanks GR's!

I gave this one 2 stars only because the book started off being decent and then I don't know what happened but I had to force myself to finish it. Lizzie is a single mom trying to make a good life for her and her daughter. She got pregnant at 16 and the guy (Ethan) took no responsibility for his actions and never made an effort to see his daughter. Then suddenly Lizzie gets a letter in the mail from Ethan, saying he wanted to come back and meet
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Marilyn Belsham
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I admit that I tend to judge books by their cover. When I opened the envelope containing How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn, my first thought was that I wouldn't like the book. Now that I've read the book, I still don't love the cover image (it reminds me of the teen romance books I used to read when I was 11 and 12), but I'm thankful to report that the content of How Sweet It Is, was much more to my liking.

Overall, I liked the main characters in the book. Sure, they had their own demons, but they s
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Bridget
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is a writing genius. How Sweet It Is took my breath away and made me think about when my husband and I got together. He came along, out of nowhere and changed my life the same way Dante changed Lizzie's. This is one of my favorite love stories because of how real it is. Five stars!
Jess
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
All the characters were so damn depressing. Meh.
MaggieReadsRom
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, contemporary
Rating: 8 out of 10 - GREAT READ!

First line:
For over a week the envelope sat on the dining room table unnoticed, buried under a stack of birdseed catalogues and household bills like a bomb waiting to go off.

Memorable Scenes:
- The scene where Tay tells Lizzie about the accident > this scene hit an emotional button while the rest of the book was pretty lighthearted and fun


Lizzie Bea Carpenter is a single mom, trying to wing her way through life, supporting herself and her daughter, working as a
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Christie
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christie by: HBG
Shelves: read-in-2011
Lizzie is a single mom working at the same diner she worked at in high school. Her closest friends have formed what they call the “enemy club”. Former enemies from high school who are now “best enemies forever”. When Lizzie receives a letter from the boy who knocked her up and ran in high school claiming he wants to meet their daughter, she asks the enemies for advice. This leads to a discussion where Lizzie says she wishes for a man that will show up, help fix her run down house, and leave.


Tay
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Tracy
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Originally featured at Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

3.5 stars

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

If you don’t live by this mantra now, after reading How Sweet It Is, you just might make it your daily chant.

Lizzie Carpenter and a band of three sworn enemies come together to form a bit of a nontraditional yet deeply caring group of friends. Their motto: “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Who better than your enemy to be brutally honest? While at the local diner duri
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NTE
I got this book because of the whole "Enemy Club" premise - four women, once high school enemies (or, at least, adversaries) now meet every Wednesday and have somehow become each others closest friends and support system. And that aspect of the book was a little bit less fleshed out than I would prefer (although, since this is the first in a series, I'm expecting the rest of the books will help with that).

But it's the two main characters of this book - single mom/waitress/stubborn as hell Lizzi
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Lizzie Carpenter’s just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter – the man she hasn’t heard from in 15 years. He’s decided it’s time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn’t know what to do; on one hand, Paige should meet her father. On the other hand, does he deserve to meet Paige after so much time has passed? So she takes the letter to work with her and discusses the situation with her “Enemy Club” – Lizzie and three other w ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Despite what my husband says, I do not read romance novels! Except for on the occasions when I do pick up a romance novel that has caught my attention. To be perfectly honest, it was the cover of Sophie Gunn's How Sweet It Is that made me want to read it. I wanted to know more about Lizzie, the single mom waitress, and about Tay, the mysterious stranger who arrives in Dalton and seemed to be the answer to every prayer she had. And of course, that ice cream sundae (or shake, whatever it is) in th ...more
Bookaholics
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn
Contemporary Romance- Jan. 4th, 2011
3 1/2 stars

Lizzie Carpenter is a single mom who works at town’s local diner all the while raising a teenage daughter all by herself. Fretting about her house, which is falling apart, she wishes for a perfect guy - a man who shows up once a week to help fix her house and then leaves. A man who will not break her heart or disappoint her. Dante “Tay” Giovanni overhears her wish and begins to show up at her house to help. Stranded in
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Mary Gramlich
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hot happenings in a small town make for a big storyline….

Lizzie Bea Carpenter has successfully lived life as a waitress and single mother with her daughter Paige for the last 14 years. She didn’t need the rat that deserted her as an unwed mother in a small town and she doesn’t need Dante “Tay” Giovanni either even though he is quite the handyman. What she needs are her friends who were enemies but now her closest confidents to talk to. Lizzie and her girlfriends rewrote the book on frenemies and
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Kelly Moran
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews

Author Sophie Gunn is a pseudonym for award-winning author Diana Holquist, but while Diana writes fast-paced romantic comedies set in big cities, Sophie writes more down-to-earth, emotional stories set in small towns. Both of them, however, live just outside Philadelphia with two kids, two cats, and just one husband. This is the first title for Sophie Gunn, with Sweet Kiss of Summer as book two in this Enemy Club series coming soon. Titles for Diana Holquist include: How to Tame a Modern Rogue,
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Nancy
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she's raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her "Enemy Club"—high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but!

Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante "Tay" Giovanni
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Jennifer Defoy
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a very "cute" book. I don't know how else to describe it. It wasn't cheesy or anything, but it was a really nice book to read.

Lizzie and Paige are living like most mothers and daughters do. They love each other and are making their way, but there's a bit of a strain. And while I'd commit most of their issues to the fact that Paige is a teenager there's something more to the strain in their relationship. It makes me remember all the things I went through with my parents when I was a tee
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Shh I'm reading!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Lizzie, a single mother and waitress at the town diner, wishes for a man who can make all her dreams come true- by fixing her dilapidated home. Tay, an out-of-towner with a tragic past wants to grant that wish in the hopes that it will atone for his previous sins. How Sweet It Is had realistic, flawed characters, and some semi-sweet scenes. However, I didn't love it the way I thought I would. One big issue I had was Paige, the fourteen year old being raised by Liz. She was obnoxious, and not in ...more
Kathy
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
What woman wouldn't want her wish to come true,? Lizzie is a single mom whose house is falling apart...literally: the paint is cracking, the porch is sagging, the gate is hanging off it's hinge. She wishes for a handyman who would just stop in an fix things for her. Welcome Tay, a handsome, do good, boy scout type who is just passing through town. As Tay tries to help Lizzie fix up her house, Lizzie tries to save Tay from his troubled past.

I liked that the characters in this book were flawed. Th
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Renee
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Throw together a waitress and single mom with an Italian handyman and a few cute critters and you have How Sweet It Is! If you're a fan of light-hearted romances you might enjoy this story. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first. I don't mind occasional mild language but didn't appreciate the use of the "f" word towards the beginning of the story. It was kind of an immediate turn off. I was a bit confused by the secondary storyline and why Tay forced money on someone who didn't want ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
First of all, I really enjoyed this one, but you must suspend your beliefs in order to truly get into the story. Thee were a few plot points that I had to take with a grain of salt. Lizzie gets pregnant and keeps the baby with her parents help and when they die, she inherits the property. Due to her small salary as a waitress, she can maintain the house and things are falling apart.

Enter Tay, a handsome and handy man who offers to help Lizzie fix the house asking nothing in return. Tay hears Liz
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Jennifer
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on goodreads.

I don't like the title. And I don't like the cover. But that said, I thought that this was a sweet romantic book.

The man: We have Tay who accidently ran a red light a year ago and killed a woman. He feels enormous guilt and shows up in Lizzie’s town to meet with the dead woman’s daughter (Candy) to give her all his money ($200K).

Candy wants nothing to do with him and throws the money off a bridge. He stays in town to try to find the money.

The woman: Then we have Lizz
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BecksBookPicks
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
What woman wouldn't want her wish to come true? Apparently Lizzie, who says out loud that she wants a man who will fix up her house and leave her alone. That would be the perfect man for her. Her wish is granted and she isn't happy about it. In fact, she just wants him to go away. Tay however just wants something to do to keep his mind away from his thoughts and he wants to help people. Fixing up Lizzie's house is perfect for him.

This is an adorable story yet there is a lot going on. Tay is a
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Ada
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. There were some great parts and some parts that I disliked it.

The premise of The Enemy Club is great, I like the relationship between Lizzie and her friends. But it seemed that a lot of the time, in the manner of the honesty feature, Lizzie was berated or belittled, not just by her Enemy friends but by her sister and her daughter as well. To me, it made me dislike all the characters because they just didn't translate to being people I would want to know. None of it
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Kelley
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won from Goodreads First Reads!

I enjoyed this book. I'm going to try to write a review here but as the last two have been swallowed by the internet I'm going to just make this short a sweet.

The characters are sweet and flawed and everyone can find something to identify with at least one individual. The story is wonderful and while you can guess what is coming next in some parts with pretty good accuracy it doesn't stop you from enjoying the writing.

The only major issue I had with this book was t
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Carrie
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Won this as a First Reads - eagerly awaiting it to read and review!

Great book! Well -rounded characters, lots of plot twists and turns - fun read, I didn't want to put it down (in fact, I read it in one day). This book introduces us to the Enemies Club - a group of women who were enemies when younger, but have now become good friends. Their promise to each other is "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!". This appears to be a first book with 3 more to follow (one for each of the
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Alithea
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
single mom lizzie who got pregnant at 17 has been in the same small town waiting tables at the same diner since her daughter paige was born... she likes to think she's an independent woman who has a great group of friends even though they all used to be enemies in high school (the enemy club)... then comes a letter from ratbastard aka paiges dad ethan pond who decides he wants to meet his daughter on xmas... now all lizzie can think of is the run down house her parents left her and how much easi ...more
Sherri
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read_2011
3-1/2 stars out of 5 stars

How Sweet It Is was a pleasant surprise to read. The characters are likeable (albeit a bit stubborn) and the story and chemistry between the two leads is believable.

Dante Giovanni has had a rough year. He was involved in a accident that took the life of another person. He has given up on life and is trying to “redeem” himself by helping other people. Lizzie Carpenter became pregnant in high school and has been a single mother for the last 14 years. She works in a local
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Kyla
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed the storyline and the characters in this book. Parts of the book were a little bit off the wall and hard to swallow. I had a hard time believing in LIzzie and Tay falling in love so quickly/easily, in Tay selling off his life and basically stalking Candy (because frankly if I was Candy I would have called the police on him several times), and in the sister at all, because she honestly seemed like she was mentally ill. However, the good part is that the writing is descriptive an ...more
Josephine
Mar 22, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I love flawed alpha heroes. I have even loved flawed alpha heroes who try to atone for things they've done wrong. But Tay just didn't push my hero buttons. I actually found him a bit pathetic in the opening scenes. Lizzie's reaction to getting the letter from Paige's father was also a bit odd. When I read it, I first thought Paige was much older given how Lizzie was speaking to her. I skimmed a bit following this but the premise and the characters did not engage me.
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