Here's a blurb from Krista's website:
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.
I devoured (gotta love puns....) Krista's book in a sum total of about four hours, and not just because I'm a fast reader. Krista's voice simply sparkles on the page, and Maddie was instantly endearing, humorous, and real. (Not unlike reading one of Krista's blog posts....if you aren't following her here, shame on you!)
I emailed Krista around chapter 13, stating that I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of the trauma from Maddie's background....as well as some daddy issues Reuben has. I wasn't disappointed! We all go into our futures with baggage from the past, and many aren't able to get past it. Maddie's choices--her goals and motivations--were very clear given the tragic past she endured (and indeed, so many foster children still endure).
And then there are people who really didn't have a traumatic past, but who suffer from an event (like the passing of one's father) that ends up defining who they are today...and not in a good way. They can get "stuck," and unable to see the whole picture like God can.
I'm offering a giveaway of Krista's book to one lucky commenter below. As I like for my giveaways to be a perk for my readership, please click "Follow" in the Google Friend Connect box, leave your email address (even if you think I have it), and I'll enter you in the drawing! Tweets and Facebook likes will get you extra entries. For the lower 48 states only, please!