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After years of looking for a place to belong, Paula Andrews finally finds her niche in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her soap and candle shop flourishes, and her friendship with the Papadopoulos family gives her the love and support she never got from her own family.

The only thing missing is a romance--or in the grand hopes of the Papadopoulos family, a proper marriage. Prefera
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press (first published February 3rd 2011)
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Effie
Sep 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: inspirational
I am so over inspirational book using ethnic characters to add local color but not staying true to those ethnicities. (I'm looking at you, Fools Rush In).

The author wanted a big Greek family to use in this book, and she sets it in the Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida. The heroine is falling in love with her Greek friend, who has returned home after many years. His family is big and wacky and Greek and bakes up whole pans of baklava. Which is terrific. But then the author forgets about
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Barbara
Feb 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I actually finished this book. (This is one of my character flaws; if I start a book, I have to finish it no matter how bad it is.)

This one gets one star for so many reasons that I don't even know where to start.

I don't know what was worse: stereotypical ethnic characters, a totally ridiculous plot, dilemmas that are unrealistically solved, and most glaring - the lack of acknowledgement toward the Greek Orthodox religion. For crying out loud, the story is set in what's probably
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Linnette
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
The story over all was a good, enjoyable read. It was a little frustrating. It seemed to take forever for the heroine to come to her senses. I couldn't really identify with her enough to understand why she was so in love and yet so against making a commitment. But, maybe it's just me. It simply didn't make sense to this romantic girl's heart. I like the characters, I like the setting, I like pretty much everything about the story except her prolonged reluctance. Just didn't seem realistic to me ...more
Celestial
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am so happy with this book.
The story is SO sweet. Paula and Nick are such lovable characters. There romance is beautiful. :) The Papadopoulos family is hilarious and will definitely give you a My Big Fat Greek Wedding vibe.
This book is just PERFECT! I love it so much! :D I don't think I have anything I dislike about this book. I want Debby Mayne to write some more books similar to this.
I totally recommend to contemporary Christian fiction lovers. The books is very clean, and I think girls f
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Mercedes Cordero
Dec 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Almost inedible. Beware, there might be spoilers ahead (if you can say that there are spoilers in such an uneventful story).
This is the story of a selfish girl who says she is still in love with the boyfriend who abandoned her to enlist in the Air Force, never to call or write to her again; as well as the story of a boy who comes home for vacation from his Air Force job or whatever, and is smitten by the girlfriend he left behind 10 years ago. He has always loved her, and she has always loved hi
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Paula  Phillips
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Wanting a novel that has romance and greek food and lots of celebrating ? Sweet Baklava takes us into the heart of Greek Community in Tarpon Springs , Florida. They are all preparing in celebration for the return of Nick Papadopoulos - who has spent the past two years in the Air Force . After graduating college, he ran to the airforce leaving behind Paula who was smitten for him. Now Two years later , Paula owns a successful soap and candle business and nearing Christmas things in the shop are l ...more
Em
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free
It wasn't an overtly religious story, but it was religious. Fair warning.

The relationship between the two protagonists actually confused me a lot. There was an awful lot of hot and cold. Things would seem to be going great, but then the main male character would just stop doing anything, and give the main female character "space." Maybe that is how things really are, but it felt, to me, like the author was just trying to make the romance part of the story last for as long as the rest of the stor
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JoJo
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't know why people give this such low reviews. I really enjoyed this book. Of course I would have liked Paula not to take forever to finally decide that she wanted to be with Nick for the rest of her life. I'll admit that some details were lacking and time jumps happened too fast and sometimes without notification. I love that there are recipes at the end and I absolutely adore baklava. If you like a cute Christian romance you'll find it in this book. You'll also find a meddling family, lot ...more
Vicki
Mar 18, 2011 added it
GAAAHHHHHH!!!!

This is one I wish I hadn't picked up, and then I wish I had put it down way before I finished it. I love Greece and baklava (and Greek men!!) so I thought it would be OK. WRONG!! I kept waiting for a plot, but by the time I finally admitted to myself there wasn't going to be one, I had already invested so much time to it that I felt compelled to finish it. It had it's moments, but it tried too hard to be a Christian romance that most of the time it was just plain boring.
Melissa
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
How can I not love a romantic story about a non-Greek woman marrying into a large, gregarious Greek family whose main purpose seems to be feeding her? ;) This is a fun summer read filled with genuine, kind, (somewhat officious) characters always looking out for the best interests of their family. The best part is the attached Greek recipes at the end of the book!
Tisa
Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves very religious romance books
First time in a very long time that I put a book down and did not even think about finishing it. Very early on I felt it got very preachy. I did not realize that this was a hard core Christian novel. I will be trying the recipes at the end of the book though, that was the best part of the DL.
Loraine
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, romance
Sweet, easy-to-read romance. I loved the closeness and support Nick's Greek family shared.
Maria Love
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love a sweet love story and Sweet Bakalava reminded me so much of my own high school sweetheart (now husband). Fun read and I was thrilled that they shared some recipes at the end of the book.
Shae
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had to stop reading this a few chapters in. It was boring and subtly religious with no real plot. Rarely do I not finish this book but I just could not go on.
Lori Wolff
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cute story about finding who you are and what the people around you mean and how God plays such an important role every single day so let him do it.

Cheshire
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Boring.
Cleffairy
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=4783

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry. It’s usually filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

Baklava is a traditional Greek delicacy. I was served one of those honeyed baklava back in 2006 during a visit to a lecturer’s house, and I have to say, it’s a delicacy that one won’t easily forget. It’s rich and melt in the mouth kind of pastry, and once you have a bite of it, you would want m
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Review

Sweet Baklava……by Debby Mayne

Paula Andrews owns a Soap and Candle Shop in Tarpon Springs Florida. After moving around all of her life with her mother, she has finally found a place to belong and her shop is booming with business, especially after she started selling her products on the internet.

Nick Papadopoulos will be home soon from the Air Force and he knows his father will pressure him to change his mind about re-enlisting and joining the family business. The decision might be easie
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Carol
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I had a difficult time on deciding my rating. "Sweet Baklava" by Debby Maine is a light romance situated in Tarpon Springs, Florida. This book has a lot of references to Greek American culture. I thoroughly enjoyed that. I picked it out because we have a branch of Greek Americans in our family. I have always loved Greek cuisine, music, dances and love to learn about the culture.

However,I was bothered by heavy emphasis on being Christian so much. I felt that it interfered with the story. It felt
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Rhonda
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paula is a shop owner of natural soaps and candles she makes herself. Her mother and her have a difficult relationship. She loves roots and dosent want to leave the town shes made her home. sixteen years ago she went to collage and her high school boyfrien went to airforce and she felt his abandment. Nick went in air force after Paula mom told the lie that she was never comming back to thier town. Nick loves the airforce. the town Paula lives in has a lot of business that nick greek family owns ...more
Erica Glass
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really thought I would like this...I am in the Air Force and love Greek culture/food (two big parts of the book). But it turned out to be soooo...blah. For one, it's unrealistic that after 10 years of not seeing each other that you would just pick up where you left off. For another, the military culture view was wrong. Nobody calls each other Sargent in their off-time and you are not allowed to take 6 weeks of leave at one time. SIX weeks! I stopped reading the book at the point where Nick's f ...more
Cheeyee
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction, 2011
Review At: I Read, I Think,

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Review Date: 14 Feb 2011

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This is a sweet romance. Nick has a very big and supportive family and everyone was trying to help to create chances for Nick and Paula to be together. Although Paula and Nick grow up in a very different background, but the Papadopoulos family accept Paula full heartedly. They are very loving and caring to Paula. Nick and Paula also help another teenage girl and her broken family to uni
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Dee Renee  Chesnut
Sweet Baklava was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library. The author was new to me, and I enjoy reading books in the Christian romance genre.

Another Goodreads reviewer, Barbara, noted inconsistencies between the characters who have Greek heritage and how real people with similar backgrounds would be more likely to attend a Greek Orthodox church than an evangelical church. This made Nick more of a caricature of the romantic lead than he needed to be. I found enough inconsistencies with Pau
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Linda
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Short "sweet" read. Paula is best friends with Steph who is part of a strong Greek family. Paula doesn't have a good family back ground so she had been drawn into Steph and her family back in high school. Paula has set down roots in a town in Florida, She owns a candle/bath shop there, which she loves. Paula who was on the school's editorial staff and Steph's cousin Nick the football jock became a couple in high school and were very happy. After Paula had been at college for a couple of years an ...more
Danielle
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It started out a little slow but it was different in that they were honest and upfront about how they felt about each from the start. Usually that does not happen until then end. Their struggle was not on how they felt about each other, but how to merge their lives together without making one give up their dream. I enjoyed the family, and the other characters. I enjoyed the surprises that came up about the middle of the story. The ending was expected but unexpected too. You knew it was going to ...more
Mara
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I lived in New Port Richey, FL for many years and til this day Tarpon Springs is one my favorite places that I have been to.
The story of the love between Nick and Paula is beautiful. They both had to decide to compromise for their relationship. Once they let God be the center of their relationship everything fell together.
This is well written, combining actual places with some fictional place...I googled the one I knew, an easy read and I look forward to reading more of her
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Ashley Carmichael
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
A sweet, predictable story. The characters were a little overdone, and it felt as though they were having the same conversation over and over again with no real climax or denouement. The end was a bit too sweet to swallow as if one session of therapy could fix years worth of complex problems? I enjoyed the progression of the Amanda subplot the most, as it had a little more substance in the beginning (but even that worked itself out a little too sweetly). Overall it's a cute romance--but probably ...more
Kathryn
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked up this title during a free promotion at Amazon. The premise intrigued me - reminded me a bit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding - and I do like inspirational romances. This one, however, didn't quite hit the mark for me.

Nick is coming home to his big Greek family for a break. He joined the Air Force after high school, and Paula never understood why he took off. When he returns, she doesn't really confront him about it, but goes with the flow when his family seeks to match them again. They ki
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Maritza
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the book in the beginning but then there were so much parts where the story was dragging and then in others it was rushed....like when Paula
Finally goes to Texas to visit Nick, there was more conversation between Paula and Beth, a girl she just met, then with Nick! Huh? No conversations about being together? Earlier in the story it shows Nick asking a buddy to get info about base housing for him, yet when Paula goes out there, there's no mention of it....huh again? Did he show her or no
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Sherry
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a cute story with a predictable outcome. What endears this book to me is the setting. I live literally down the road a mile or two from where most of this story takes place (Tarpon Springs, Florida). Add to that the fact that the storyline also includes an Air Force base in Texas, where I am from, and am an Air Force military brat....well, I could relate to much of what was being related to in the book. I was a little side-swiped by the religious overtones in the story, but they weren't e ...more
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