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The Sweetheart Deal

by Polly Dugan

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The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan
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  • Published May 2015
    320 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Virginia W. (Chapel Hill, NC)
    A Sweet Read
    The Sweetheart Deal was a book that I read in two days - would have been one day if it had arrived earlier on day 1.
    It is written in alternating voices between Leo (only the first chapter to set the story line), Audrey his wife, their 3 sons, and Garrett his best friend. The emotions evoked punch hard-prose is crisp; grief, anger, confusion are tangible. While believable and heart-rendering, I read to the final page and felt that there should have been more to the story. So many questions left unanswered. Perhaps this is the sign of successful writing when the reader is left wanting more - I did.
  • Roe P. (Massapequa Park, NY)
    Polly Dugan spins a tale about two good friends who make a deal one night after a night out of drinking....long before they can even believe that it will ever come to fruition. 10 years go by, and a tragic accident occurs.....Audrey the mother of three boys loses her husband and Garrett feels an obligation to honor his promise to his best friend Leo. Garrett and Audrey cant imagine what really happens when Garrett takes over responsibility for his best friends family. I enjoyed this book...but found it a little unbelievable and predictable...that is why I scored it lower than Very Good. I do recommend it..but be prepared for some very sad moments...well written and a fast read.
  • Christy W. (San Saba, TX)
    The Sweetheart Deal
    The Sweetheart Deal initially peaked my interested because I am a sucker for a good love story.
    I did get hung up on the structure of the book however. Its chapters are titled by the main character's names. Each chapter thus gives the perspective of the titled chapter. Although the writer does write well, I found this method of telling the story choppy, disjointed and each situation was discussed at great length.
    Luckily the writer does have a gift for writing, but the format of the book made the story arduous.
    I don't mind profanity in books, but it was often used in conversation that seemed out of place. It was jarring when used in casual conversation.
    It's a good story and the writer is talented. I just didn't care for the format and the unnecessary profanity.
  • Karen L. (Wilton, IA)
    The Sweetheart Deal
    I enjoyed the book. I liked the story being told from multiple points of view. I think the book would be good for book clubs or people who have lost a loved one. I would have liked more at the end about Audrey and Garrett. I also thought it did a good job capturing male friendship which isn't written about very often. The book started off kind of slow for me. I also thought she could have went deeper into the emotional experience of the characters.
  • Freya H. (Phoenix, AZ)
    The Sweetheart Deal
    This was a quick, easy read. It was also predictable, and forgettable. I wouldn't recommend it for Book Clubs unless one wants to deal with the subjects of death and grieving. Otherwise, there is not much to discuss. I liked the author's format, though, which is why I gave it a 3 rating.
  • Shirin M. (Beverly Hills, CA)
    The Sweetheart Deal
    Unfortunately, I thought the story was told through too many voices which made it a bit difficult. It is however a story of hope and possibility that makes for an easy read.
  • Cheryl
    The Sweetheart Deal
    The back cover told the entire plot of the book, except for the predictable ending. I wanted to like the characters, but there was nothing exceptional about any of their personalities. This book is not deep enough for a book club. It should not be read by anyone who has recently lost a loved one. I had a hard time finishing the book because I did not feel vested in it.


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