Today’s review is on Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian.
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…
I’ll admit that I had a hard time getting into this one, but once I was about 75 pages in, I was hooked! I loved the whole idea of an ice cream stand run only by women.
I liked getting to know Amelia and her passion for Meade Creamery and how she tries to keep things going when Molly – the founder – died. Another character I really enjoyed getting to know was Grady. He was a cinnamon roll, even though he acted like a jerk at times, but it was also east to see that he wanted the business to succeed even though his motives were sometimes selfish. I also liked the journal entries from 1945 written by Molly because it gave her more character, and it also showed how the ice cream stand got its start.
The one character that I could not stand as Cate. I hated how she constantly tried to undermine Amelia and made her feel bad when she was trying to do everything in her power to save the ice cream stand, she deserves a better best friend!
This was the first Siobhan Vivian book I have read and I’m looking forward to reading more her works in the future. This is the perfect summer contemporary read, especially if you love ice cream with a bit of romance thrown in! 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.