Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

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Hi, everyone! I’m back with another review, this one being on Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. This is actually the first book that I’ve read by the author, but the premise sounded sweet (pun 100% intended), so I thought I’d give it a whirl and request it. Luckily, the publisher granted my request on NetGalley and I got a chance to read the book!

When I first started reading this book, I had high hopes for an enticing plot. And while I did like reading the book overall, sometimes, I would get a bit bored, waiting for something big to happen. It wasn’t until the end where big strides were made in change, and even then, readers don’t get to see how it pans outs. Which is okay for a standalone, but in this case, I wanted to see more action than what I got. The diary entries of Molly Meade were interesting, though. It gave readers a bit more history regarding Meade Creamery.

As for the characters, I didn’t really connect with any of them. But I did respect their development throughout the book, like Amelia, Grady, and even Cate. They all start the summer uncertain of aspects within their life, only for it to be more rectified by the summer’s end. I did admired Amelia’s gumption at the end of the novel. It was great to see her find her passion! I think that’s the time when she really shined (at least, for me).

Well, that’s all I have to say about Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. While the novel didn’t grab my attention sometimes, I thought that it was good overall. Has anyone else read anything by Siobhan Vivian? If you did, which of her works would you recommend that I read next? Also, Stay Sweet is coming out this Tuesday, for those of you who are interested. 😉

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.