Take a gal from a small dysfunctional family and toss her into a Greek clan (do Greeks have clans?). Paula Andrews has never stopped loving her high school sweetheart, Nick Papadopoulis. He went off and joined the Air Force and she went to business college then returned to their hometown to start a soap and candle business. Now, more than a dozen years later, Nick is home on six weeks’ leave and determined to rekindle their romance, and his large, enthusiastic Greek family is more than willing to do their share. Or perhaps a bit more than their share.
Paula has longed for security and stability all her life. Her parents are divorced and her mother thinks Paula is there to loan her money–money her mom has no intention of repaying while she continues in an irresponsible lifestyle. Though Paula can’t deny her attraction to Nick, whether to his face or to his female cousins (who happen to be Paula’s best friends and employees), she is unwilling to give up the security she’s found in her rapidly growing business and her own little house to follow an airman around. Likewise, Nick’s career isn’t one that can take place in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Will they find a way to resolve their differences? Who will give in?
Sweet Baklava is a story about trusting, and allowing God to lead. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. To me, it felt like the issues in the story were treading water, with little ebb and flow in the relationship.
Debby Mayne grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby has published more than 20 books and novellas, approximately 400 short stories and articles, and a slew of devotions for busy women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. Debby currently enjoys writing Christian fiction, which allows her the freedom to tell stories without restraining her convictions.
She lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and two cats. She and Wally have two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.