Alice Wisler has created a charming cast of characters, from the cognitively challenged plumber, to the eccentric storytelling aunt to the main character herself, a broken-hearted pastry chef who leaves Atlanta to heal herself in the mountains of North Carolina. Her grandfather has left her his cabin, with instructions that she is to teach a cooking class at the local Christian Center. Never having had exposure to middle school children, Deena is in over head during her first class when she tries to teach the kids how to make a white sauce. Deena is self conscious about the scars she carries as a result of her car accident and failed engagement and while she tries to hide behind long sleeved shirts, her stubborn cooking pupils see through her. As she learns to work with the kids she learns more about their scars too and comes to care deeply about them. How Sweet It Is
, appeals to my inner chef. A sweet read!