Sweet on You
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: Sweet on You
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Meddlin’ Madeline
Major Themes: Mysteries, Christian Fiction, Detectives
Synopsis: When Madeline notices something odd about her best friend’s beau, she becomes a sleuth, trying to track down the truth.
About a week ago, I was privileged to join the launch team for Sweet on You, the first book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series. I also got to pre-read the story, which of course is the reason why I signed up in the first place. I’ve read a number of Chautona Havig’s stories before, and this story was not a disappointment! Most of the characters (except the villain) were very likeable, and I saw myself in Madeline’s character perhaps more than I’d like to admit.
Madeline’s life seems to consist of one meaningless social engagement after another, with little to do and even fewer profitable things to think about. So when she notices an unusual stain on a new acquaintance’s cuff, her interest is piqued. The stain is more than just cordial—and yet very few of her friends wear lip color. After spotting Vernon Smythe in the more disreputable area of Rockland, Madeline’s suspicions about the man grow. Vernon begins courting Edith, one of Madeline’s close friends, and she decides to play detective and discover if he really is as honest as he says. How can she verify her suspicions about his character? And even if she is correct, how can she prove her findings to Edith—before she marries him, and it’s too late? Will anyone believe a nineteen-year-old woman detective?
Set in the early 1900s, Sweet on You is a fun, imaginative story. Madeline was a very realistic character, and I really enjoyed her perspective on the social aspect of the higher classes of that time.
As a mystery book, there were definitely some clues and a problem to solve, and I felt like the author did a great job writing it in an interesting way. I imagine it would be particularly hard to write a proper mystery novel without a murder or otherwise shocking event, but by playing off the curiosity of a bored nineteen-year-old, she turned an average story into something gripping. So gripping, in fact, that I lost a good 3-4 hours one day finishing the book when I should have been working! If you like mysteries, or simply like Christian fiction (the Christian aspect didn’t come out quite so strongly in this book as it has in others by Mrs. Havig, but it definitely was there), this would be a great book for you.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Detectives, Mystery