Chautona Havig’s newest book is out today! This was a really cute read and somewhat different from many of her other books.
Madeline is a 19 yr old at the turn of 1900’s. She wants to be free to make her own decisions as a woman without joining the Temperance League. When one of Madeline’s friends begins to give attention to a young man unknown in their circle, she begins to question his motives, and her own. Is she looking for something that’s not there? Will she end up ruining her reputation over nothing?
Thus begins “Meddlin’ Madeline’s” journey into sleuthing. Sweet on You is the first in this new series from Ms. Havig and I am really looking forward to the rest. It’s a mystery without a murder. It brings up some hard social issues and really makes you think.
The author really gives Madeline some things to think about spiritually as she works through the story. At first I was a little bit taken aback at the direction she seemed to be taking, but was pleasantly surprised at the end to see the resolution. It’s easy for us to think that some people can be too zealous in their living for the Lord. That zealousness can often seem fake and turn people off Christianity. Chautona Havig hit on this subject really well and gave her main character a flaw that many of us struggle with. We should be striving to be more like Christ but we need to balance our desire to be “seen” as spiritual with true spirituality. I thought this was a really good topic for her to tackle.
I also love the amount of research that goes into each of Chautona Havig’s books. She works hard to make her stories reflect the period they are written in and she takes great pains with even the smallest of details. Ms. Havig spends countless hours on how peopled dressed, talked, and lived and it comes out in her writing. It is very authentic and adds to making the book more enjoyable.
I will admit that I wasn’t sucked into this book as much as I thought I would be. Some of her other ones I’ve had a hard time putting down, but it could also just be where I’m at in my life right now. Reading is not something I have a lot of time for at the moment and so I end up snatching moments here and there and it makes it hard to get caught up in a book (especially when you have a 4 yr old and 2 yr old bouncing on the furniture beside you!). Overall, I did enjoy Sweet On You and would heartily recommend it. Check it out on Amazon today.