Sweet on You (Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries Book 1) by Chautona Havig

Meddlin Madeline 1

Publisher’s Summary

It is my hypothesis that social conventions are created to test our fortitude. 

Rockland circa 1900-
As the mayor’s daughter, Madeline Brown enjoys a rich social life that many might envy. But a sharp mind and a growing talent for observation leaves Madeline torn between avoiding social censure and exploring the world around her.

With an aunt who considers higher education and employment equally unsuitable for the mayor’s daughter, there is little to amuse her save endless committee meetings, evening socials, and her favorite pastime: curling up with an exciting detective novel. The temperance and suffrage movements hold little interest for a young woman who has just endured the rigors of her father’s mayoral campaign.

So when a young man shows interest in her friend, Madeline’s interest piques–until his actions hint that he might not be the upstanding gentleman everyone presumes him to be. Unable to ignore her concerns, Madeline finds herself in the middle of an investigation into his character and discovers a side of Rockland she’s never encountered.

Will her new hobby reduce the tedium of her life, or will her “meddling” create tension for herself and her father? Will she be forced to squelch this budding skill of hers or has Madeline finally found her calling in life?

Meddlin’ Madeline: Welcome to Rockland’s infancy.

My Review

Madeline Brown is not a typical female of the early 1900’s.  In fact, Russell Barnes, the brother of her best friend, Amy, points out her conundrum; Maddie is too traditional to be modern and too modern to be traditional. She also is intelligent and not afraid to show it.  Also, she is keenly observant, which causes her to aspire to be a Sherlock Holmes “wannabe.”

I enjoyed getting to know Madeline.  Chautona Havig writes in a very unique and intriguing style.  I even learned a few new words!  Her portrayal of Maddie as a fiercely loyal and steadfast friend is refreshing. As you get to know the main characters of the book, you feel a kinship and an affinity towards them. The young people in the story are realistic and true to life.  Their stories will resonate with many readers, and the villains will leave you outraged at their audacity.  However, you will be cheering, and in some cases laughing out loud, at how Maddie is able to manufacture a way to keep a friend’s heart from being broken.

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig is book 1 in the Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries.  Join us on Wednesday, when I link up with Celebrate Lit’s Blog Tour highlighting the second book, Such a Tease.

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About RobbyeFaye

An avid reader, homemaker and grandmother. I try to be as real, honest and thought provoking as possible. My blog is primarily devoted to book reviews, but at times it has stretched and grown, as it ebbs and flows with me. However, I still read a lot and review the books I read. Loving life and Jesus Christ.
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8 Responses to Sweet on You (Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries Book 1) by Chautona Havig

  1. ” too traditional to be modern and too modern to be traditional” – love it!! I have yet to read Chautona Havig yet but definitely will now!! thanks for sharing, Robbye!!

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    • RobbyeFaye says:

      Robin, I hadn’t either until now. Her word usage was so much fun, and like I said, I learned a few new words, too.
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the review.
      Blessings~

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  2. Marilyn says:

    This book looks so exciting and interesting.
    Marilyn

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  3. Thank you for reviewing this one as well! So fun! And Madeline cracks me up as I write her.

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    • RobbyeFaye says:

      Chautona,
      You are welcome!
      I love Maddie; she’s such a refreshing heroine! I had so much fun reading her story. Thank you for taking an idea and running with it, thus making it such an enjoyable book.
      Blessings~

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  4. Olivia says:

    Madeline is hysterical 🙂 Can’t wait to see where her story leads!

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