Item description for Sweet Caroline (Low Country) by Rachel Hauck...
Overview When a waitress inherits the restaurant she works in, she's got to start balancing more in life than just her next food order.When ownership of a lowcountry bistro falls into Caroline Sweeney's lap, she nearly drops it like a bowl of hot frogmore stew. But her best friend challenges her to do something daring for a change and Caroline finds she loves the restaurant business, crazy as it may be. Soon a blossoming relationship with local boy turned country music star Mitch O'Neal threatens to tear her away from the business--and the bistro staff and patrons who've become friends and family to Caroline. Then a devestating fire at the bistro illuminates the way for Caroline and the community she's come to love.
Publishers Description When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says yes to destiny.Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.
Awards and Recognitions Sweet Caroline (Low Country) by Rachel Hauck has received the following awards and recognitions -
Carol Award - 2009 Winner - Literature category
Citations And Professional Reviews Sweet Caroline (Low Country) by Rachel Hauck has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/01/2008 page 58
Romantic Times - 02/01/2008 page 64
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 12, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Low Country
ISBN 1595543376 ISBN13 9781595543370
Availability 0 units.
More About Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times, and Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower.
Rachel Hauck currently resides in the state of Florida. Rachel Hauck was born in 1960.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sweet Caroline?
Great story! Oct 22, 2008
Caroline is somewhat of a people-pleaser. When there's a need she steps in to help without much thought to her own dreams. Her mother was flighty and ran off when she was younger, and Caroline desperately does not want to be like that. So she goes to the other extreme and becomes ultra-dependable.
She has lived in small town South Carolina all her life, but when a friend tells her of a job opportunity in Barcelona she decides to throw caution to the wind and go for it. But when the owner of the cafe where she works dies and leaves the cafe to her, it throws a big kink in her new plans. She feels the weight of responsibility to keep the cafe going and the other employees from loosing their jobs.
As if that's not enough, Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand steals her heart and then her first love, Mitch O'Neal comes back to town. Who knew so much could happen in Smalltown, America! Caroline has some big decisions to make and she's going to need some big help.
I especially loved Caroline's humor and how her head and her heart would literally talk to each other in the middle of certain situations. I also like that Caroline is grounded and not flighty and helpless. The pain she's lived with because of her mother's abandonment guides all her decisions. It's made her who she is, but does she have to be controlled by it? She never understood the God-thing and I like how he got her attention.
I don't want to spoil the ending, but she had to make some really tough decisions and trust that they were all for the best. I think she made the right ones, but someone else may disagree. You'll have to decide for yourself!
This book is a wonderful example of "If I'd known what all I'd have to go through, would I still do it?" So many times we just want the answers. We want to know what to expect in life. But then we go through hard times and we have to make hard decisions. Looking back, if we'd known ahead of time would we choose to go through all of that? Or would we back out and miss what God wanted to teach us. The blessings from hardships.
Great book! Sep 26, 2008
Count me among Hauck's raving fans! Sweet Caroline was a charming read that had me laughing loud. Loved the characters, loved the setting, and especially loved Hauck's voice. This is one you don't want to miss!
The story keeps you guessing Sep 26, 2008
I liked that the story had quite a few twists and turns and kept you guessing until the very end about what Caroline would do with her life. All the characters were really developed and each had a story. Caroline's friends Hazel and Elle each have their story as well as Caroline's dad and his new wife, Caroline's brother and his wife, Mitch and J. D. - each has a story that makes you want to keep reading. Some of the story is a little too saccharine and there are some preachy moments that I feel are overdone but I still liked the story. I hope that someday Caroline and Mitch return to one another in a sequel.
Manipulated? Sep 1, 2008
I loved this book for all the reasons everyone else did. Then, all of a sudden, I felt manipulated into a story that seemed to have been written only to show us that the only way to make a sane, mature decision in life is through meeting Jesus. Caroline was a sweet-hearted, unselfish young woman before she gave herself to God. Not everyone needs religion to get ahead in life, nor to find herself. I was disappointed. I thought, "Uh, uh, this lovely, real, wonderful story is trying to trap me into turning my soul over to Christianity". Too bad, because the characters were so believable, the plot had me reading non-stop, and I fell in love with all of it. Sadly, for me, it ended up being a Sunday School lesson. This could be alright if there had been any hint of its bent in the publishers or the readers' reviews. Nothing from them. I was naive; not knowing the author I didn't know what to expect, but, maybe, everyone else did.
A Delicious Read! Aug 14, 2008
I loved it! This is the first book I've ever read from this author and I'll be looking for more. This was such a great read, I dove right in an finished it in one day. It was almost as satisfying as a plate of southern comfort food!
The main character, Caroline, was endearing and I found the secondary characters to be so well written, especially Mercy Bea who I couldn't read without hearing a southern twang in my head. The lowcountry diner made a charming backdrop for the story. These people were all so real and heartfelt. I would love to see them in a sequel.