The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse


The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical (1950s American)
Length: Full (320 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 4.5 stars
Review by Snapdragon

Some people in her small community think Ellen Hamilton, business savvy daughter of the town’s largest employer, is too big for her britches. After all it’s the 1950s when women have no place in running corporations. When the company is threatened with takeover by John, who broke her heart and betrayed her family business years ago, she’s determined to stop at nothing to win.

Ruggedly handsome John Adair has returned to the town that tried to destroy him with false accusations of corporate espionage. What truly hurt him was Ellen, the woman he loved, believed the allegations. However, that was the past. His return is for one reason only, business. But will he remember it when gazing into Ellen’s enticing eyes or when intoxicated by the aroma of jasmine whenever she is near?

Sparks fly when these two headstrong individuals meet again and find themselves tempted by The Sweetheart Deal.

The Sweetheart Deal is a happily unpredictable novel about one clever woman, her by no-means supportive family, and a romance she is determined to deny.

Ellen Hamilton is perhaps a trifle more self-possessed than the average young woman of the fifties…and perhaps her goals are somewhat different. She’s been raised to ‘take over the company’ but didn’t. She’s tough enough to withstand a bossy, manipulative father and to stand up for the brother. And, she’s heart-broken, whether she admits it or not.

Readers will be intrigued by Ellen from the first few pages; nothing about her life or story is predictable. We meet her ‘ex’ John and can understand her attraction; but also grasp why she dismisses him. Being underhanded is unforgivable for Ellen, and here he is, ‘up to something’ again.

However, its a story where strong minded characters rule: Ms. Morse does a wonderful job creating characters. Some of her secondary characters are wonderful for their growing animosity (and we have the fun of puzzling out their schemes), or then again, like amazing George, the engineer, for his understanding. All are believable and interesting. Even the dippy, slightly-too-southern Mom manages to be entertaining. The motivation of self-interest is shared from several different perspectives. The business wheeling and dealing is most definitely personal for all players, but the business deals are in fact, inextricable from the romance.

Funny, lighthearted moments are interspersed nicely. The fifties are there, in ladies white gloves or a gent’s slicked back hair but the setting never intrudes. The characters and their loyalty matters; not only to the story, but to the reader.

If I must complain, I’d have liked shorter flashbacks. They become too detailed and felt distant. Its a small complaint in what is overall, a riveting read.

A wonderful cast of characters, who are completely entwined in the events, deals and back-stabbing make The Sweetheart Deal a novel to remember. Do read! And just wanted to note: I simply love the cover.


  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. What’s your favorite literary character?

    • Like so many other people, my favorite character is Elizabeth Bennett. I mean, who doesn’t want to be her. In particular when she gets Darcy : )

      Thank you for stopping by and good luck with the contest!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Thank you for hosting The Sweetheart Deal. And thank you for the lovely review. I’m so glad you liked my story.

    I also wish everyone good luck in winning the $20 gift certificate.

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Yes! I have suffered from writer’s block. Two things I’ve found help me with that are: (1) Taking a walk and clearing my head. Many times this results in new ideas surfacing. (2) Using an old fashion pen and ink and handwriting a free flow stream of consciousness of as many possible ways forward as I can think of, and then when I think I’ve thought of all the possible ones, I make myself come up with at least five more ideas. This can help unstick me, too.

  6. Great review and post, thank you! Love the title and cover!

    • I love the cover, too. My publisher did a wonderful job!

      Best of luck with the contest and thank you for stopping by.

  7. Great post. Thanks for sharing about this book.

  8. amy bowens says:

    What a great review. Sounds like an amazing story

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