Stealing Heaven, by Elizabeth Scott

Reviewed by Candace, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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It's almost summer, and if you're looking for a realistic romance novel, try Stealing Heaven. Ever since Dani can remember, her mom has made a living breaking into houses and stealing valuables.

One day Dani's mom decides it's time to move to a new place, a quaint little beach town call Heaven. Dani knows sooner or later her mom will want to steal from another house, but for now she's enjoying her stay. For once in her life she's made friends. A bubbly local named Allison talks to her like they've been best friends forever, and then there is Greg who is a flirty goofball.

But what happens when Dani finds out that she and her mom are going to steal from a friend's house? Or that Greg is more than he seems? Greg may be a pest sometimes, but he makes her feel special, a feeling no one else has ever given her. All Dani feels is guilt when she is forced to help her mom in her life of crime. Yet that's all she has ever known, so how can she change it?

I bought this novel from the bookstore and had my mom drive me home. I started reading it in the car and couldn't put it down. I finished it a few hours later. Stealing Heaven resonated with me on many levels. For anyone who has felt like their problems are too overwhelming to deal with, this novel is a breath of fresh air. It doesn't hide the truth, and it shows reality in such a way that you can't help rooting for all the characters.

Stealing Heaven, by Elizabeth Scott, deserves five out of five stars.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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