From the dust jacket:
Like other well meaning mothers, Julie Mueller’s believed that 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 who 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.
“Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said thy edge should blunter be than appetite,” Shakespeare once pleaded – though it will require more than poetry and passion fruit for Julie and Michael to renew their love. It will, in fact, require the sweetest sacrifice of all
I have but one word to describe Sarah Strohmeyer’s Sweet Love: DELICIOUS. The novel was beautifully written, hilarious, at times tragic, and altogether wonderful. The desserts described in the novel complemented the overall sweetness of the book wonderfully. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the novel – though this is my first Sarah Strohmeyer, I can guarantee you that I will be picking up another one very soon.
Strohmeyer’s exploration of love is the key to this book. She shows all aspects of it: motherly, daughterly, brotherly, sisterly, and romantic love. Everything is there, the highs and the lows. While she doesn’t sugarcoat it, she has a way of presenting it that makes it all seem utterly sweet and delightful. Even at the lowest point of the book, the reader knows that everything will turn out okay. Strohmeyer’s writing has that rarest of qualities which makes a reader forget that everything doesn’t always turn out okay in the real world. In the world of her book, everything is sweet and delicious.
The characters are also extremely well-written. They are completely believable and the reader can relate to them instantly. Strohmeyer weaves the multiple storylines together flawlessly to create a coherent whole, without making it seem too cluttered or busy.
There isn’t much more I can say about how much I loved this book, except that I wish you would see it for yourself – go fall in love with Michael and Julie, and make sure you have some cookies on hand while you do it!
Edit: Well, look at that – the author of this book posted in the comments!! How exciting!!