TLC Book Tours Presents: The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing by Cathy Woodman

Release date: 2013 / 352 pages

Synopsis (from Amazon): Jennie Copeland thought she knew the recipe for a happy life: marriage to her university sweetheart, a nice house in the suburbs and three beautiful children. But when her husband leaves her, she is forced to find a different recipe. And she thinks she’s found just what she needs: a ramshackle house on the outskirts of the beautiful Talyton St George, a new cake-baking business, a dog, a horse, chickens…But life in the country is not quite as idyllic as she’d hoped, and Jennie can’t help wondering whether neighbouring farmer Guy Barnes was right when he told her she wouldn’t last the year. Or perhaps the problem is that she’s missing one vital ingredient to make her new life a success. Could Guy be the person to provide it?

Review: I initially agreed to read The Sweetest Thing, despite its genre of romance, because I inadvertently thought the protagonist was a veterinarian!  The author was a vet and one of her previous titles was “Trust Me, I’m a Vet,”  so my assumption was well-founded — but untrue.  Jennie, the protagonist of The Sweetest Thing, is actually quite clueless about animals and doesn’t seem to particularly like them at times.  But the novel was still populated with cows, a Jack Russell, a naughty pony, and chickens, and Jennie eventually warms to her accidental menagerie. 

The author’s experience with animals is clearly evident, however, and as a long-time horse owner myself, I appreciated the dedication to detail regarding horsekeeping.  So, animal lovers will find quite a bit to enjoy in this novel; but it is truly a romance – the presence of a difficult ex-husband and three children forced to adjust to life in the country after a childhood in London provides variety and narrative variety (momentum), but the primary storyline is clearly “boy meets girl, girl loses boy, girl meets new boy, etc…”  Although romance tends to be too predictable for my enjoyment, I know this genre is wildly popular and The Sweetest Thing would not disappoint anyone looking for a lovely, “happily-ever-after” fairy tale set in the English countryside.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour:

Monday, December 2nd:  No More Grumpy BooksellerCountry Loving

Tuesday, December 3rd:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views – Country Loving

Wednesday, December 4th:  A Chick Who ReadsThe Sweetest Thing

Thursday, December 5th:  Book Club Classics! – The Sweetest Thing

Thursday, December 5th:  Joyfully Retired – Country Loving

Friday, December 6th:  Diary of a Stay at Home Mom – The Sweetest Thing

Monday, December 9th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views – The Sweetest Thing

Tuesday, December 10th:  A Bookish Way of Life – Country Loving

Wednesday, December 11th:  Peeking Between the Pages – The Sweetest Thing

Wednesday, December 11th – A Bookish Affair – Country Loving and The Sweetest Thing

Thursday, December 12th:  Reviews from the Heart – Country Loving

Friday, December 13th:  Not in Jersey – Country Loving

Monday, December 16th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller – The Sweetest Thing

Tuesday, December 17th:  BookNAroundCountry Loving and The Sweetest Thing

Wednesday, December 18th:  Good Girl Gone Redneck Country Loving and The Sweetest Thing

Wednesday, December 18th:  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – The Sweetest Thing

Thursday, December 19th:  Knowing the Difference – The Sweetest Thing

Friday, December 20th:  Peeking Between the Pages – Country Loving

Monday, December 23rd – A Chick Who Reads – Country Loving

Thursday, December 26th:  Reading Reality – The Sweetest Thing

Friday, December 27th:  Reviews from the Heart – The Sweetest Thing

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3 Responses to TLC Book Tours Presents: The Sweetest Thing

  1. Cathy Woodman says:

    Hello Kristen.
    Thank you very much for featuring The Sweetest Thing on your blog.

  2. Pingback: Cathy Woodman, author of COUNTRY LOVING and THE SWEETEST THING, on tour in December 2013 | TLC Book Tours

  3. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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