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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sandwich with a Side of Romance - Review and Giveaway

Maddie Buckner wonders if she could possibly win the record at Guinness for being fired the most in one day. When she is hired at the Sandwich Cut 'N' Style, she is forced to spend most of the day sweeping floors and cleaning instead of taking the walk-in customers like she was promised by Judy, her Nazi-of-a-boss. However when Judy steps out to run an errand, opportunity knocks when Reuben Callahan, whom she believes is Mr. Gorgeous is in need of a haircut and can't wait for his usual stylist. He opts to try Maddie out, even though she comes highly recommended.  As she proceeds to cut his hair in the usual style but a bit shorter, Reuben falls asleep in her chair, slowly nodding off a bit more with each snip of her scissors. It isn't until he jerks father down then up as she began her cut, causing her hands to slip.

Maddie gasped. Dread curled itself around her stomach and squeezed. In her trembling hand she'd caught four full inches of his hair. On the side of Reuben's forehead was a one-and-a-half-inch dusty-blond stub. The image in the mirror was just an illusion. It had to be. Reuben Callahan blinked twice. No such luck. His hair was still in shambles, and a shell-shocked brunette stood next to him holding the evidence of her crime. It was then that Judy, the owner walked back into the salon and immediately fired Maddie. Now without a job, she was desperate, so desperate in fact that she sat on the hood of Reuben's BMW until she was able to convince him to get her a job.

What Maddie didn't know was that Reuben was the owner of a series of restaurants and feeling a bit guilty for his actions in having her fired since he did technically fall asleep he offers her a job as a waitress. Feeling absolved of all guilt, he wonders if he did the right thing in offering her a job, until he is informed that Maddie just dumped an iced tea and Reuben sandwich in the mayor's lap.

In the novel, Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips, poor Maddie has a great heart and a willingness to try hard, but it seems like she can't seem to do anything right. She is on the verge of wondering what God's plan is in all of this, since she has to be able to hold down a job and find suitable housing if she wants to gain custody of her younger brother, Kyle who is living with foster parents that are pursuing the option of adopting him before Maddie can get settled. Will she be able to convince Reuben to give her another opportunity or will she gain the notoriety of being the woman with the most jobs gained and lost in a single day?

I received Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips compliments of Abingdon Press and Pump Up Your Book Tours. This is a heart warming and delightful romantic comedy of a struggle young woman, Maddie who tries so hard to do the right thing all the time, she doesn't realize the effort doesn't need to be so difficult. I love her child-like faith in his simple honest prayers to God even though she just became a Christian six months ago. When God shows her how He can answer her prayers in ways much different than she had hoped, it enables her to see not everyone deserves the stereotype labels she gives them and instead offers her a new perspective on not only her life but romance as well. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and will be adding Krista Phillips to my list of authors to watch. Her writing is amazing and hooks the reader from the very first line in the book!

For more information on Sandwich with a Side of Romance, Krista Phillips or where to pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

You can also find Krista Phillips on her website by clicking here or on Facebook by clicking here. 

To read more reviews from Sandwich with a Side of Romance's book tour, click here. 

Now for the dessert of this review, Pump Up Your Book Tours is offering a giveaway copy of this novel to one lucky reader of this blog. Here's all you got to do to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. "Like" my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart. If you have already "Liked" it, just leave me a comment to let me know you were there.

4. Leave me a comment below in the comment box telling me about your funniest moment on the job along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

The winner will be notified by email and posted on my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart. The giveaway will end on October 17th.  


  1. I love this title, thank you for hosting this giveaway. I can't really think of a funny moment off the top of my head, sorry, it's too early, lol.


  2. OOPS! Told you it was too early, lol.

    I am a follower of your blog on GFC (wfnren)
    I am a resident of the U.S.
    I have liked your FB page for a long time.


  3. Hmmm...I actually am starting a new job today, so nothing really funny has happened yet...though at awana club where I volunteer there is a cute kid who says John 3:16 before every verse :)

    I am a GFC follower and I live in the US
    I also like your blog on facebook :)

    Crazi.swans @ gmail dot com

  4. I think this sounds like a good romance. "Not everyone deserves "stereotype labels" is so true. Would like to read how she learns it.

    I like you on Faceboook
    I am a follower by GFC(Tea or Topazshell)

  5. I am a follower of your blog and "liked" your Facebook page.

    When I was working at a radio station, a friend called me on the station telephone number that went out over the air. I had to tell them to hang up and I would call them back, except they didn't seem to hear me & kept talking! At last, they understood, but our entire conversation went out over the air. Talk about embarrassing, but it is funny now!!

    Please enter me in your contest.

  6. I haven't been to work in almost 18 years and before that worked with seriously ill patients. I doubt anything funny ever happened at work and if it did it was so long ago I would have forgotten it.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  8. Sounds like a really fun read. I am a follower of your blog.

  9. Hmm...I'm an email subscriber to your blog & I enjoy your reviews. I homeschool in the morning, and then I go to my part-time job as a proofreader/copy editor for a Christian publisher. It's great! I guess the funniest thing lately is that my kids played a trick on me. While I was at work, and they were at home, they emailed me that a pizza delivery man had left a pizza at the door, prepaid! They said they ate it all. I almost--but not quite--swallowed their story! I know, bad pun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. oops. forgot the email address.
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

  11. This sounds like a really fun book. I think my wife would get a great kick out of it so I'd like to try to win it for her. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I follow your blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I have a US shipping address.

    I like the Reviews From The Heart Facebook page: Carl Scott

    Gee, funny moments on the job. Well there was the time I stumbled off the edge of the stage when I was a stagehand and fell right into a road crate which closed on top of me. My friend Bev thought that was a hoot.

    My email address is: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    Thanks, good luck everyone!

  12. Please enter me to win - never read any of tis author's books and would love to. Review every book I win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  13. I am in love with this book. I loved all the people that were gently folded into the the plot line. I am so glad you shared this book. I dont go in for romance novels often but this one is a keeper, its clean, neat and has God sprinkled in with a generous hand Love it.


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