Sweet Thing

There was something very special about this book. Renee Carlino weaves a story that endears readers from the very moment the book is started. The sweetness, heartbreak, discovery and joy that runs through this story resonated with me to the point where I couldn't put this book down.

Mia uproots his life to take over her father's aging cafe. Even though she has a life plan, which includes a COO position at some large conglomerate, finding the perfect stable husband to create her perfect stable family with, Mia discovers the plan she so carefully crafted may not be what she needs to be happy. It's hard for Mia to let go of her plans, because they were carefully crafted to ensure she didn't end up like her parents, but when she loses what's most important to her, it's the kick that she needs to own up to what she really wants and needs in her life.

Will was an element that Mia was missing in her life. He was a musician that loved life and lived it to the fullest. He didn't worry about where he might be working or living tomorrow, he just did what made him happy. Mia lived when she was with Will. She embraced the music she loved so much and was free. But her head ofter times fought with her heart when it came to Will, with him ending up on the losing end of the battle. But he never truly gave up on Mia, making readers fall for him a little bit more.

Mia Kelly moved from Ann Arbor to Michigan after the sudden death of her father. Her plan, to decide what to do with his cafe. As Mia goes through his things, she discovers that the course she set for herself may not be the right one and she had to decide if she's ready to give up her plan and live her life.

Book Blurb for Sweet Thing

"You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together…then you’ll hear the sound of your soul."

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She’s an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s café, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions—for him, for music—but her father’s legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

A "heartbreaking and romantic" (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 4.50