Review: Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips

She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle. 

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than a day. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong.   

He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process.  

And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that. 

Krista Phillips is a friend of mine. Not a friend I know REAL well, but a friend nonetheless. One who has been through incredibly trying times the last couple of years. Her now-two-year-old daughter was born with a heart defect requiring a transplant before she was a year old. Krista and her family have been a shining example to all of us of love and perseverance – and trust in God’s plan even when things got REALLY hard.

When Krista asked for influencers, I jumped at it. I’d heard so much about the book and the storyline from her friends, that I knew I wanted in.

As advertised, Sandwich was a fun romp. I felt for Maddie as she struggled to fit in in her new town. As she tries to take nothing and turn it into enough for a place to live and a way to get her little brother to come live with her.

Rueben has a girlfriend but struggles with feelings for Maddie. She’s not what he’s looking for – or is she?

It’s a romance, so of course they belong together. And eventually they realize that – the question is how and will her brother end up with her or not?

This book was great fun and it was even more fun to meet Krista in person at the ACFW conference last month [where I, incidentally, got the book signed ;)]. I look forward to Krista’s next offering and rejoice with her and so many others that her little girl is doing well!

Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the publisher for a free influencer copy of this book.