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The Sweetest Thing [Paperback]

Barbara Freethy
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7 Jun 2012
Successful entrepreneur Alex Carrigan's life is neatly organized and focused on building his company. But fate drops a series of bombshells when his eccentric grandfather appears on his doorstep to move in with him, the sudden death of his ex-wife leaves him with a precocious 12-year-old daughter he's convinced he didn't sire, and beautiful redhead Faith Christopher walks into his life. Faith has her own set of problems. She's been in emotional limbo since the death of her fiancé several years before, and the ties to his family are growing increasingly troublesome. She's wondering if she should give in to family pressure and marry the second son when Alex wanders into her bakery looking for his grandfather. The physical connection she feels with Alex is instantaneous and mutual, making her question whether a marriage based on companionship is wise or even possible. Meanwhile, Alex's grandfather has an agenda of his own. Fifty-six years earlier, he'd fallen in love, broken a piece of ancient Indian pottery, and brought a curse on himself and his heirs. He's convinced he must locate his lost love, return the pottery to its hiding place, and lift the curse, a plan Alex has heard many times before and doesn't want to get involved in. But Faith is intrigued by the elderly gentleman's tale and agrees to help him. Little does she know what life-changing forces have been set in motion by her decision. Can a woman who wants commitment find happiness with a man who doesn't believe in love? Will Alex be able to accept that not only is Faith everything he wants but also everything he needs? If Alex and Faith don't help his grandfather solve the more than half-century-long mystery, will the curse doom the two lovers and all the people they love? And what about the child he doesn't believe is his but who needs him so desperately?

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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Freethy (7 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0985199768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985199760
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,704,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dessert lovers are sure to enjoy my latest offering!
I've always been a fan of chocolate. I can't think of any occasion that couldn't be made better by chocolate. Which drives my husband crazy since he's pure vanilla. But then opposites attract and all that ...

In my next book, THE SWEETEST THING, I decided to make my heroine, Faith Christopher, a French Pastry Chef. I came up with the idea while visiting a commercial bakery with my daughter's girl scout troop. (Sometimes those school trips really pay off.) Once I had my heroine in mind it was easy to come up with a hero, Alex Carrigan, who absolutely hates sugar and spice and everything nice. To make Alex's life even more complicated, I added in a troublesome grandfather in search of a lost love, a rebellious teenager and a romantic adventure to the mystical holy grounds of Arizona.

Whether you like sugar or spice, I hope you'll find THE SWEETEST THING an entertaining read. Enjoy! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, who has sold over 2 million ebooks since January 2011. Her 30 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Eight other titles also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2011 including: ALL SHE EVER WANTED, SILENT RUN, SILENT FALL, DON'T SAY A WORD, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, THE SWEETEST THING, GOLDEN LIES and JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. Her books have won numerous awards - she is a five-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and her book DANIEL'S GIFT won the honor and was also optioned for a television movie. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. Her latest series, THE WISH SERIES, is being released in 2012. A SECRET WISH, Book #1, was out in January 2012 and JUST A WISH AWAY is being released in May 2012. Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara: Visit Barbara's Website at Join Barbara on Facebook at Follow Barbara on Twitter at

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to treasure! 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow, what a wonderful love story! I have enjoyed all of Barbara Freethy's books but THE SWEETEST THING is one of her best! The story is so well done I felt I was right there. And I loved the way she has more than one plot going at a time. Faith was the kind of woman I like to read about, independent and self-sufficient, yet open to love. Alex is a great hero. He made me laugh with his frustration dealing with his grandfather and his unexpected teenage daughter. But it was the way the plots all mesh and end happily that left me with the sweetest feeling. I can't wait for the next book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new fan! 11 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was terrific. It was my first Barbara Freethy, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the characters so much. Thought Alex and Faith were a great couple. And I loved the extra little bit of magic. I can't wait to read her other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a big fan of Barbara Freethy, and this latest book is just wonderful. I ended up reading late into the night -- I just didn't want to put the book down! Highly recommended for anyone who's looking for a warm, memorable book (and author), and for all of Barbara's fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. I loved it! 22 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book hooked me from the very beginning. I couldn't put it down. I loved the San Francisco setting, and the bakery felt so real I wanted to go there and sit down awhile. The characters were wonderfully appealing. I highly recommend this one!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece 28 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me see where to start with this one.This is a well written book with a touch of finesse that is amazing. The characters are colourful and the plot unfolds in a manner that sucks one into the story in a gripping manner. Reminded me of The Oaf, another story I read last week. I started reading it and got hooked from the beginning.Simply, this is a well-crafted story, an accomplished piece of writing. And the price is great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 April 2013
By Lynda
Format:Kindle Edition
What a beautiful love story as usual by Barbara Freethy. I always enjoy her books and know i won`t be disaappointed. This is a must to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely reading experience 8 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had read a couple of Barbara Freethy books so I expected this story to be as good as the others. I wasn't disappointed. This is a lovely, what I might call Comfy, story. A few of the the characters were somewhat complex to begin with, but as the plot developed a lovely exciting adventure began to unfold. I read the book very quickly, as I couldn't put it down. For a story that on the face of it could have been "homely", it turned out to be quite exciting and with some suspense. I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Aug 2012
By Helen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the third Barbara Freethy book I have read. Golden Lies, which was excellent; Ryan's Return, which was excellent and The Sweetest Thing, again excellent. The books are so easily read, with a feeling that you can't put them down. I just love the characters in all books read so far - and each book is better than the one before. Normally I look for freebies, but since finding Barbara Freethy, I don't mind paying, being worth every penny. (Must stock up for my holiday reading time.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweetest Thing
Lovely, lovely book and always an extra bonus to be able to download to my iPad. Thank you very much!
Published 26 days ago by Barbara-Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read.
This story was very interesting had a lot of twists and turns,was very pleased to gat to the end to know what happened.
Published 1 month ago by pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Barbara Freethy story
Good holiday read but a bit slow as you know what is going to happen from the beginning. The sub plot is engaging.
Published 4 months ago by Trendy Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Just love this authour all the books I have read I have enjoyed to the full. just ab fabulous great
Published 5 months ago by Helen Korsman
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
A good read would recommend if you enjoy a good storyline about families and their partners etc. Good service on kindle
Published 5 months ago by tess
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
This is essentially a love story - and this can be a bit "Mills and Boon" at times which made me cringe. Read more
Published 5 months ago by cherryred
5.0 out of 5 stars Another
Another good one. I found myself hooked on Barbara Freethy from the word go. Each story leaves you wanting more.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good and unusual story
a nice love story which kept my attention,worth the read.will be looking for more books by this author in future
Published 8 months ago by MRS JULIA HIGGINS
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure romance
Nice light hearted book with romance as its theme.
About the same as her other books, you know what your getting with this author.
Published 8 months ago by Mummypanda
4.0 out of 5 stars a good story!
A little far fetched but a good old yarn which kept my interest and made me want to see how it ended
Published 8 months ago by craiglee
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