SANDWICH, WITH A SIDE OF ROMANCE
Phillips’ debut brings faith, love and hope together into a wonderful, well-knit book. The interplay between Maddie and Reuben is fun to watch, the dialogue is snappy and fun and the message of love and redemption is gentle and reassuring.
The small town of Sandwich, Ill., represents a fresh start for Maddie. She hopes that a steady job will help her get custody of her younger brother Kyle, who is currently in foster care. When Reuben Callahan accidentally gets her fired, he feels obligated to hire her at his restaurant. In the weeks that follow, Maddie learns more about the kindness of strangers, her newfound faith in God and the possibility of an unexpected love. (ABINGDON, Sep., 304 pp., $14.99)