Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tuffles By The Sea By Julie Carobini (Excellent!)

Hello Everyone!

Well, I could use some extra chocolate from reading this book! It had so much good food in it! Mmmm! I did enjoy this book, and was well pleased when I got to the end to find that there had been a book before it. This was so well written that it stood alone, and that can be important sometimes in books in a series. Some of them are totally dependant on each other, and others, like this one stand alone or together with the other books.

I was glad the main character for this book, Gaby {AKA Gabriella} wound up with the right people in her life, and not the wrong ones. I am watching too many people in this very real life of mine wind up with the wrong choices and all the pain that those choices bring with them. It was a lovely break to read about Gaby working through exactly what it is she is suppose to be doing with her life. Is she really happy with what she is doing, or is something else higher or different calling? How do we best submit and let God guide us in all things?

I adored the Sea Lion, and I thank Julie Carboini for adding "Sweet Thing" into this book. She added a wonderful touch of ocean life that was just right. ;) This book will make you want to go back to the beach sometime soon, but more than that you feel like you have been to the beach for a peek into the world of some of those who live there.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Truffles by the Sea
Bethany House (February 1, 2008)
Julie Carobini


Julie Carobini is an award-winning writer whose stories often spotlight her family, the sea, and God's timely work in the lives of those around her. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their three children in Ventura Beach, California. She also likes to blog! Go leave her a comment at Waves of Grace.

If you read, Julie's first book, Chocolate Beach, then you might remember Gaby as Bri’s dramatic, lovesick best friend. Unfortunately, things get worse—much worse—for her before they get…well, best not to give it away.Sometimes all a girl has left is chocolate...Gaby Flores has a penchant for drama and an unfortunate knack for dating Mr. So Wrong. After breaking off yet another relationship, watching her apartment building burn to the ground, and discovering that her dippy delivery guy has run off with most of her business, Gaby decides it’s time to turn things around.So she moves to a tiny waterfront loft and takes on a new motto: “Be gullible no more!” With help from her friends, she works to rebuild her flower shop—and her life. But when legal troubles and quirky neighbors and two surprising romances enter her beachy world, Gaby’s motto and fledgling faith are put to the test.Can a young woman prone to disaster in both work and love finally find happily ever after?

"Truffles by the Sea is delightful! Julie Carobini has a new fan in this reader, and she's earned a spot on my keeper shelf." --Kay James,

"This book is a delight to read, and the author has us rooting for Gaby from page one. This girl's never-say-die attitude is incredible, and her life is filled with all kinds of foibles. This is chick lit with heart – about so much more than finding a man.... While keeping the light chick lit tone, this book satisfied while avoiding the tired old formulas. Just when I’m ready to give up on the genre, I stumble across an author who can write without relying on stereotypes." --Cara Putman,

"I liked Julie Carobini's first novel, Chocolate Beach, but her sophomore release, Truffles By The Sea, greatly surpasses it. I thoroughly enjoyed Carobini's second book and felt her writing was much stronger throughout. The characters are deeper and yet funnier – a great combination.... It's a great read for a cold winter day – you can curl up with the book, a nice fire and pretend you're the one by the sea." --Jill Hart,

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