Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer

Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer: Book Cover

From the book jacket: Like other well-meaning mothers, Julie Mueller’s believed she did the right thing when she secretly ended her teenage daughter’s crush on Michael Slayton, a wild older neighborhood heartthrob with a penchant for Shakespeare and the pedigree of trailer trash.

Twenty years later, Betty Mueller has come to realize that was a big mistake. Her daughter Julie – divorced and raising a teenage daughter alone – is a workaholic obsessed with her career. And Michael, the one man to whom could make her happy, is the one man to whom she won’t speak a word.

Now near the end of her life and determined to make amends, Betty stages her last great feat of motherhood by reuniting the couple in a dessert class where she hopes the sweetness of a chocolate almond Torta Caprese will erase the bitterness of a wretched misunderstanding.

If you spot me reading a Sarah Strohmeyer book chances are you’ll see me laughing. It’s as if my best friend is sitting next to me telling me a great story. Sweet Love had me laughing most of the time and tearing up a little as well. I was pulling for Julie to have things work out with Michael. For me, the stars of the book are Julie and her mom. I loved their relationship . A lot of their give and take hit close to home. That said, I wanted to know more of the supporting characters’ own stories. Michael could be a book by himself. Julie’s brother, Paul or her friend, Liza were so enjoyable and yet only in the novel to move the plot, I guess. I could have read on for a few hundred more pages. Just saying…

It’s a good romantic comedy. I recommend it.